We’ve been fortunate to have Shelley Simester with us for the past 3 years. This year she plays Wanda the Wicked. You have one last chance to catch her as the wicked witch today at 2pm. You’ll have a blast booing her and I guarantee she’ll have you laughing….she may even get the cast laughing.

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Shelley is so thrilled to be back in Ottawa and to take part in The Blizzard of Oz! Happy Holidays everyone! Selected Theatre Credits: Evangeline at the Charlottetown Festival/ Citadel Theatre, Ruth (Pirates Of Penzance) at 1000 Islands Playhouse, Aldonza (Man of La Mancha) at The Globe Theatre, Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd) and Deb (Elf) at Neptune Theatre, Marie Dressler (Queen Marie) 4th Line Theatre, Magenta (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Wardrobe (Beauty and the Beast), The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz) at The Citadel Theatre. Susan [title of show] with Angelwalk Theatre, Alma Hix (Music Man) at The Stratford Festival. TV/ Film: Reign, Saving Hope.

Shelley answers our questions:

1 – What is your favorite part about coming home to Ottawa?

Seeing my parents

2 – What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Watching Rodolph while wrapping presents

3 – Where did you go to school in Ottawa?

Canterbury

4 – Describe your character in The Blizzard of Oz in 4 words or less?

Bossy yet easily startled

5 – What is your favorite part of the show?

Baby snow monster!

6 – What do you miss most about Ottawa?

The Canal

7 – What is your favorite activity/place to go in Ottawa?

NAC

8 – Did you study theatre after high school? If so, where?

Sheridan College

9 – Can you tell us something we don’t know about you?

My family used to raise emu.

10 – How would you describe a panto to those who are not familiar with this type of show?

A family entertainment with a wonderful hero, a terrible villain and as much audience participation as possible!

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