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Abby & the Admiral

Written by: Michelle Calhoun, Scott Hernandez, Ryan Costello, Erich Goldstein
Directed by: Michelle Calhoun & Scott Hernandez

  • Evening Showdates:
    • Episode 01 Replay: Sunday, July 26th @ 6:30pm
    • Episode 02 Replay: Sunday, July 26th @ 7:30pm
    • Monday, July 27th @ 7:30pm (Episode 3)
    • Monday, August 3rd @ 7:30pm (Episode 4)


  • PLEASE NOTE: This is a virtual production and is also a 4-part series. There will be a new episode each Monday night. See below for more information on how to access the performance through your ticketing account. 


  • Name Your Price! ($5, $10, $15, $20, $25, $30, $40, $50)
    All proceeds benefit RLT! 


Check out this video for instructions on getting to the live stream on the event date!

**Please note, this is a virtual performance. Tickets must be purchased at least 15 minutes before the event begins, it will stream directly to your ticketing account. Please further note, the livestream is only available as the event airs.**


Access instructions: 

Step 1- Go to
Step 2- Log in to your ticketing account with the email address you used to set up your account. If you are unable to login, you may need to reset your password.
Step 3- Click “Tickets to Upcoming Performances”
Step 4- Find tonight’s performance and click “Watch.”
Step 5- If you’d like to, maximize your screen by clicking the icon in the lower right corner of the video.


Event Description: 

Abby and the Admiral: Death at the Seance is an original 1930’s-style radio play written by Scott Hernandez, Michelle Calhoun, Ryan Costello, and Erich Goldstein.  Airing in four parts on the Reno Little Theater website, Abby and the Admiral: Death at the Seance, follows crackerjack reporter Abby Abernathy and her uncle, Admiral Bartholomew Abernathy, as they attend a mysterious seance at the home of baking mogul, Mrs. Margaret Larson.  When one of the attendees ends up dead, it is up to Abby and the Admiral to solve the mystery!  Featuring the voice talents of Anna Pidlypchak, David Calhoun, Erich Goldstein, Libby Bakke, and Bryce Keil, Anna and the Admiral: Death at the Seance is a feast for your ears!

Cast List: 

  • Anna Pidlypchak (Abby)
  • David Calhoun (Admiral)
  • Erich Goldstein (Announcer)
  • Libby Bakke (Everyone Else, Female:  Mrs. Larson, Madam Kasmira, Joanna Schmidt, Deirdre O’Connell)
  • Bryce Keil (Everyone Else, Male:  Bennett Gray, Big Tex Mitchell, Prince Pierce Pramzprompst, Esteban de Soto)

Crew List:

  • Michelle Calhoun (Director, Writer, Producer)
  • Scott Hernandez (Director, Writer, Producer)
  • Erich Goldstein (Writer)
  • Ryan Costello (Writer)
  • Steven Alberti (Musician)
  • Anthony Mendoza (Sound Designer/ Tech)


Scott Hernandez (Writer, Director) studied drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His Reno acting credit include Reno Little Theater’s productions of Murder on the Orient Express, The Foreigner and Death by Design. Scott and his wife Alex co-directed Barefoot in the Park, and they will also co-direct The Quality of Life at Reno Little Theater in the future.

Erich Goldstein (Writer, Announcer) is thrilled to launch his new career as an announcer on such an amazing project. While Erich does not have a formal degree in pronouncements, he has earned a Professional Certificate in Proclamation from the Eswatini School of Mines, Agriculture, and Public Speaking. Erich hopes that his foray into radio drama will lead to a dream face-to-face meeting with the king of voice acting: Frank Welker, or, if that is too much to ask for, obtaining a Frank Welker bobblehead on eBay.

Anthony Mendoza (Sound and Editing) has been doing theater in Reno for 7 years and has 8 years radio experience. This project was the perfect marriage of both. Being able to create an audio experience with such a talented band of individuals has been a pure joy.

Anna Pidlypchak-Santoro (Abigail “Abby” Abernathy) is a dedicated educator/brainwasher who also just so happens to enjoy doing silly things with Reno Little Theater. Her most recent appearance was in The Foreigner alongside Abby and the Admiral writer Scott Hernandez (and a whole host of amazing people much funnier than she is).  She is bursting with thankfulness to be involved in another comedy.

David Calhoun (Admiral Bartholomew Abernathy) Although currently residing in the Los Angeles area, David is no stranger to Reno theater. He has performed several times with the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare program for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, but his talents don’t stop there. He has also designed and built the traveling shows for the Young Shakespeare program, as well as many sets for several local theaters in the LA area. David welcomes the opportunity to work with Reno talent once again… and without the 8 hour drive!

Bryce Keil (Gray Bennett, Big Tex Mitchell, Prince Pierce Pranzprompst, Esteban de Soto)  The strange rollercoaster ride that has been 2020 has brought numerous challenges to our lives.  Before this year, the word pandemic was a mere buzzword.  Despite this (and 4 months almost to the day later), Bryce has found himself having a renaissance year. Recently off of Reno Little Theater’s major hit Murder on the Orient Express, he’s extremely grateful for our connected world and what it allows us as creators to bring to you. He’s a big believer in the power of auditory entertainment and is very excited to bring this awesome project to life! Thanks Scott, Michelle, Libby, Anna, David, Anthony, and Steven for their extremely hard work getting this off the ground. Without question, this is the single hardest thing he’s ever done as an actor. It’s been a lifelong dream of Bryce’s to appear in a radio drama and he’s gained a newfound respect for how difficult voice acting is. Enjoy!

Steven Alberti (Music) is a Reno native who left home at the young age of 16 to pursue his passion for music. He graduated from the famous Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and then went on to study music performance at Indiana University. Steven then spent the next 4 years in Australia, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he earned a Masters of Music Performance degree. Steven has performed with dozens of orchestras including the Sydney Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Fox Studios’ Click Track Musicians, and even the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and Reno Wind Symphony. For the last few years, Steven has focused on education, teaching early childhood developmental skills using music as his tool. He is currently the owner and operator of Step Into Music, a local business that offers music classes to children as young as 4 months old.

Ryan Costello (Writer) is most known for the American sitcom television series created by Philip Rosenthal that aired on CBS from September 13, 1996, to May 16, 2005, with a total of 210 episodes spanning over nine seasons. It was produced by Where’s Lunch and Worldwide Pants, in association with HBO Independent Productions. The show is centered on the life of an Italian-American everyman named Raymond Barone, a sportswriter for Newsday living with his family on Long Island. Beleaguered, diffident and dryly sarcastic, Raymond takes few things seriously, making jokes in nearly every situation, no matter how troubling or serious. He often avoids responsibilities around the house and with his kids, leaving this to wife, Debra.

Libby Bakke (Dierdre O’Connell, Johanna Schmidt, Mrs. Larson, Madam Kasmira) has been working with RLT for almost ten years as an actor, director, and crew member. She most recently performed as Greta Ohlsson in Murder on the Orient Express and is excited to bring more characters to life in her second murder mystery of 2020 (It’s been a bright and sunny year filled with a pandemic and whodunnits!). While this is her fourth murder mystery with RLT, it’s her first venture into the world of radio dramas and admittedly, it’s her new favorite place to be. A special thanks to the incredibly talented group of people who created this project and helped bring it to life.

Michelle Calhoun (Director, Writer) Previously seen onstage at Reno Little Theater in Any Given Monday, Barefoot in the Park (for which she won the RLT Blythe Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2019), and Sense and Sensibility, Abby and the Admiral: Death at the Seance marks Michelle’s third production as director for Reno Little Theater’s new streaming medium.  She is also co-founder of Sisters Three Productions, a theater group dedicated to creating female-centric productions (including Get Bent, a gender-bent musical revue which was performed at RLT last year).  She is excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with such an awesome group of people in an effort to further create interesting streaming content.


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