GRAVE MISTAKES

JANUARY 26- MARCH 16, 2024

Meet Ray, a love-struck housemate who just might have a thing for Molly, another housemate, who's got a novel to write. But hold the presses: they have to battle a landlord and a ghost hunter who want to kick them out and transform their home into a spooky, tourist destination. Love and the afterlife never got this funny or tangled up!

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CAST

JULIA MAE ABRAMS

JULIA MAE ABRAMS

Julia Mae Abrams is stoked to make her Melodrama debut with this spooky goofy show! Her most recent credits include Bright Star, Emma, Cinderella, and the Sound of Music. After recently graduating from PCPA Julia enjoyed spending time with family and traveling solo through Europe for a bit before jumping back into the very serious business of professional play pretend. Julia sends immense thanks to her community, you are everything! www.juliamaeabrams.com

BILLY BREED

BILLY BREED

Billy is pleased as pudding to be returning to perform with his Melodrama family. Central coast audiences may also remember him on the stages of SLO Rep. and PCPA theaters through the years. Billy has worked nationally from Chicago to Ashland, Oregon and toured Europe and Israel with the Golden Musicals of Broadway. Billy trained for the stage at the North Carolina School of the Arts and New York University. Enjoy the show!

DORI DUKE

DORI DUKE

Dori is elated to perform at TGAM for the first time and even more honored to be part of the first production of this incredibly funny and charming story written by Ben Abbott. Recent performances include Chameleon Production’s Other Desert Cities (Silda), SLOReps Steel Magnolias, (M’Lynne); OperaSLOs South Pacific (Bloody Mary), and many others. Her all-time favorite and on-going role has been “GaGa” for her 3 grandchildren whom she adores! She thanks her directors and fellow cast mates for their generosity of talent and kindness. Of course much appreciation for her family for their love and support. Here’s to finding your greater purpose!

MIKE FIORE

MIKE FIORE

Mike is frightfully excited to kick off another season at TGAM! Mike is a native of the Central Coast and has been a part of many previous productions here at the Melodrama and also at SLO REP since he graduated from PCPA in 2011. He sends his love and appreciation to the fine folks here at TGAM and, of course, to his ever-supportive mother.

CASIENA RAETHER

CASIENA RAETHER

Casiena is delighted to make her debut at the Great American Melodrama. This Chicago based performer is more than happy to trade in the snow for some California sunshine. Favorite credits include A Chorus Line (Cassie), Billy Elliott (Mrs. Wilkinson), White Christmas (Judy), and many other shows, including a year-long stint singing and dancing her way through the South Pacific aboard a cruise ship. Many thanks to Mod and much love to Dane! FOUR

JEFF SALSBURY

JEFF SALSBURY

Jeff is overjoyed to be back at the Melodrama for another show for you all! You may have seen him recently at SLO REP in productions of Stones in His Pockets and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. He has performed on the Central Coast and around the Country, and these days is working at the SLO County Airport. With love for his wife, Shaley, his family and his dad. I love you, Dad!

TOBY TROPPER

TOBY TROPPER

Toby hopes you're ready for a lot of ghostly fun and laughs! He has been a familiar face here at the Melodrama since 2015 and has performed in many shows over the years. Hailing from Ventura CA he has worked with regional theatre companies across the country, most recently making his Oregon Cabaret. He is a proud graduate of the Pacific Conservatory Theater (Class of 2013). www.tobytropper.com

BEN ABBOT

BEN ABBOT

Ben is an actor and playwright. He has loved performing at the Melodrama over the years, (including back in 2006 in his first ever acting job, directed by Eric Hoit!) Now he is thrilled to be making his Melodrama debut as a playwright (directed by Eric Hoit!) Ben is working toward an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Hollins University. Many thanks to his Hollins family, his PCPA family, and most importantly, his real life family, Barbara and the girls.

NOAH ESQUIVEL

NOAH ESQUIVEL

BOO! Noah is a graduate of PCPA Class of 2018 and he was born and raised in Santa Maria. He was just on stage as MC Clammer in Under the Boardwalk, and a rather Felonious Phileas Cramner in Rough and Ready. While at PCPA, Noah played the role of M6 Ensemble in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

JILL PRICE

JILL PRICE

Jill is happy to be back for her second show at the Melodrama! Originally from Bakersfield, Jill studied at UC Davis and PCPA and now calls the Central Coast home. Some of her favorite credits include Evil Dead the Musical (Annie), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Schwartzy), and Silent Sky (Williamina). When not onstage, Jill can be found teaching at SLO REP’s Academy of Creative Theatre and at many SLO County schools.

BRAD CARROLL

BRAD CARROLL

Brad Carroll is tickled pink to be returning to the Great American Melodrama after a mere 25 year hiatus! A long time (on and off) resident of the beautiful Central Coast, he has also been a familiar face at PCPA in Santa Maria as a Resident Artist and faculty member. Other theatrical adventures have taken him to all corners of the U.S. as well as extended stints in Tokyo, as an Imagineer for Disney, and in London’s West End with his musical, Lend Me A Tenor The Musical.

JULIE EWERT

JULIE EWERT

Julie Ewert is delighted to be opening another show at the Melodrama! A recent graduate of Chico State, she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre and trained as stage manager there. Some of her favorite credits include The Wolves and Puffs. She’d like to thank her partner, parents, and grandparents for their love and support.

NATHAN MIKLAS

NATHAN MIKLAS

Nathan welcomes you to the first show of season 49! Nathan has been a part of the Melodrama team for many years, starting in 2008 as a child performer. His journey, both on and off the stage, has been a source of continuous learning and joy. Nathan would like to thank you, our audience, for your unwavering support and endorsement of our mission to bring live theater to our community.