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Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by
John Van Druten 
Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by Ilana Ransom Toeplitz
Music Direction by Sariva Goetz
Choreography by Christopher Shin

Cabaret is a story about the danger of complacency during adversity -- a present and necessary warning. In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920's draw to a close, a mysterious and playful Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles, inside at the Kit Kat Club. Cabaret explores the transition of the German people trying desperately to hold onto a decadent, carefree life while the impending Third Reich looms over Berlin. How do we face adversity and allyship in times of political turmoil?

APRIL 20–22, 2023
Cutler Majestic Theatre

All performances open to the public

Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission


Content Warning: Cabaret contains mature themes and material that can potentially be upsetting or triggering. This includes use of profanity, depictions of violence and sexual situations, reference to abortion, drug use, mass genocide, Nazi imagery, and the rise of the Nazi party.

Sensory Advisory: There will be audience interaction.

Originally Co-directed and Choreographed by Rob Marshall

Originally Directed by Sam Mendes


Cabaret is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.



A note on COVID safety: Please know that as an audience member for any of our performances, you will be required to wear a well-fitted mask, and ensure that you are not experiencing any Covid symptoms nor have had close contact with someone diagnosed with Covid in the last 10 days, before entering the performance space. Additional safety requirements may be added at any time at the discretion of Emerson College, the City of Boston, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Any prospective ticket buyer with concerns about health safety protocols is encouraged to call our Box Office at 617-824-8400.

Creative Team

Scenic Design

Sound Design

Senior Dramaturg

Costume Design
Chloe Moore

Props Lead


Lighting Design
Scott Pinkney &
Hannah Forsberg

Stage Manager

Intimacy Director 
Sean Patrick Gibbons

Opening Night Special Award
2023 Leonidas A. Nickole Award of Distinction

Awarded to

The Musical Theatre Society of Emerson College (MTS) is proud to present the 2023 Leonidas A. Nickole Award of Distinction to Pascale Florestal. This great honor has previously been held by artists such as Christopher Seiber (last year's recipient), Jeremy Pope, Christopher Jackson, Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Stephen Schwartz and many more. This award is presented each year to an individual (or individuals) who have distinguished themselves in the field of the American Theatre. Pascale's career and dedication to education and cultural enrichment in the Boston theatre community is exceptional, and MTS is honored to be presenting her with this award.

Pascale Florestal is a first generation Haitian American Queer Woman. She is an Elliot Norton Nominated Director, Educator, Dramaturg, Writer and Collaborator based in Boston, MA. Recent directing Credits: Fairview with SpeakEasy Stage, Spring Awakening at Brandeis University, The Colored Museum with The Umbrella Performing Arts Center, Once On This Island with SpeakEasy Stage, This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing with Emerson Stage, Everybody with Boston Conservatory and others. As an Assistant to the Director she has worked with Timothy Douglas, Liesl Tommy, Billy Porter, Paul Daigneault and M. Bevin O'Gara. Pascale served as the Associate Director to Gil Rose on X:The Life and Times of Malcolm X with Odyssey Opera and Kimberly Senior on Our Daughters, Like Pillars at The Huntington Theater. Pascale also serves as the Associate Director for The Broadway National Tour of Jagged Little Pill. Pascale was named one of the WBUR ARTery 25 Artists of Color Transforming the Cultural Landscape in Boston. In 2020 she won the Inaugural Greg Ferrell Award for her excellence in teaching and supporting young people. She serves as the Education Director and Associate Producer for The Front Porch Arts Collective and is an Assistant Professor of Theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music.

A note from the

Dear Arts Supporter, 

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome. Thank you for reading this director’s note, I usually skip them… But this one felt like it needed a few words, so I appreciate you reading on. 


A fascination with beautiful, blissful ignorance brought this production of Cabaret to blossom. We wanted to honor the writer's intentions with Cabaret while also nodding to the iconic world of cabaret chairs, bowler hats, and chase marquee signs. We also wanted to explore what would happen if the color was slowly drained from a world of blissful ignorance; a world where evil is secretly seeping into the roots of our society. 


Speaking of roots, there is a significance of blue flowers in this production: I learned that Nazis used to don a blue cornflower on their suit, so they could secretly recognize each other


Sadly, this show has never been more urgent: hate crimes are spiking in our country and antisemitism is at a record high, with 55% of hate crimes targeting Jewish people, who make up only 2.5% of our population. Of course, Jews are one of many targeted communities worth mentioning. This brought on many important conversations about intersectionality, which is the heart of our production. 


I am so proud that Emerson Stage programmed Cabaret to finish off their season. I am so honored to helm this process, and I am humbled to work with such talented and capable collaborators. I hope you exit the Cutler Majestic realizing how urgent this story is. 


This process has been a rich, full one. We have collectively pushed this project up a massive hill, with love, and each person leaves behind a massive imprint that will live well-beyond this production’s ephemeral lifespan. I have much gratitude for Emerson Stage, the Office of the Arts, Amelia, Rob, Sariva, Chris, Carly and the SM team, the wonderful ADs, the fabulous designers, dramaturgs, consultants, the build and run crews, and everyone who has helped this show happen.  


Most of all, I hope you feel compelled to be an informed ally: to speak out when you see adversity, to attend the marches and protests (for both causes that serve you and others), to do your research, and to be an active listener in the conversations surrounding the themes of Cabaret.


Thank you for your time and thoughtfulness. Bliebe, Reste, Stay.


Ilana Ransom Toeplitz

Director of Cabaret & Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Emerson College


Ilana Ransom Toeplitz (she/her) is a director, choreographer, writer, and professor specializing in new musicals, thoughtful revivals and comedy. On Broadway, Ilana worked on THE PROM (Tony Nomination - Best Musical), VIOLET (Starring Sutton Foster, Tony Nomination - Best Revival of a Musical) and CRAZY FOR YOU at Lincoln Center with Susan Stroman. Ilana has directed world premieres with Lincoln Center, Drama League, NYMF, Adrienne Arsht Center, Berkshire Theatre Group, York Theatre Company, 54 Below & Boston’s Calderwood Pavilion, as well as directing and choreographing the world premiere of Drew Gasparini’s WE AREN’T KIDS ANYMORE.  Ilana was the Associate Director on the National Tours of A CHRISTMAS STORY and DIRTY DANCING, and the Resident Director/Choreographer of the international tours of CLICK, CLACK, MOO! and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Ilana was the Assistant Director of MARRY ME A LITTLE (Off-Broadway) and SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM (Boston Pops) -- both in collaboration with the late Stephen Sondheim. 

Ilana’s other favorite regional credits include REEFER MADNESS (feat. Alan Cumming), CHICAGO, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, …SPELLING BEE, LEGALLY BLONDE & SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. Ilana is a proud native of Pittsburgh, PA, an SDC Associate Member, SDC Foundation Mike Ockrent Fellow & Drama League Directors Project Alum (Leo Schull New Musicals Directing Fellow). Ilana is an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Emerson College in Boston, MA.; @ilanaRansom

A note from
the Dramaturgs

In here, life is beautiful…


Originally produced on Broadway in 1966, Cabaret is just as poignant as ever. For all its grit and glamor, at its center, Cabaret presents a devastating criticism of political and cultural apathy.


Taking place during the waning years of the Weimar Era, we are safe within the confines of the decadent, if seedy, Kit Kat Club, a place where intersectional identities not only exist, but are celebrated. Queer, Black, Jewish, non-conforming – all are welcomed. Outside, a maelstrom is forming, fomented by the economic instability and devastation lingering from Germany’s defeat in World War I. 


Spanning from November 1918 to March 1933, the short-lived Weimar Era is associated with a vibrant urban life, cultural diversity, a commitment to democracy, and new, exciting artforms: Bauhaus art and architecture, the expressionist films of Fritz Lang, Bertolt Brecht’s theater, and, above all, cabaret culture. This flourishing allowed for Berlin to solidify an identity as an international metropolis, a liberal bastion to rival Paris as the arts and entertainment mecca. 


Cliff, an American writer, arrives in Berlin in the winter of 1930-31 just as unemployment reaches almost 4 billion in Germany alone. He meets the British chanteuse Sally Bowles, and others at the Kit Kat Club and Fräulein Schneider’s boarding house, where he is rooming. The charismatic Emcee of the Kit Kat Club becomes the lens through which Cliff writes his novel. It is through Cliff’s eyes that we, as outsiders invited in, see the chipping away of the veneer and the terrifying rise of totalitarianism. As the impending doom converges, too many remain in denial of anything happening beyond the Kit Kat Club, where life remains beautiful. “Politics? But what has that to do with us?” Sally remarks as Cliff urges her to see the threat of Nazism.


It is the answer to this question that often eludes us: what does it have to do with us? All too often the answer is nothing…as long as the chaos remains outside the cabaret doors. The beauty of the hedonistic and carefree Bohemian life becomes a facade, masking the rot at the core of a rising nationalistic identity. 


What is our responsibility to others, and ourselves, in the face of adversity?

Meet the

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Stefanie Richardson

Fraulein Kost

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Sam Guida


(Understudy, The Emcee)

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David Schell


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Erich Phelps


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Alex Goldman


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Morgan McMillin


(Dance Captain)

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Ally Anna McLean


(Understudy, Fraulein Kost)

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Emily Kilbourne


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Gabriella Avelino


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Bowen Huang


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Amarís Rios


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Kelly O'Bryan


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Maggie Cavanaugh

Ilse/Tomorrow Belongs to Me Soloist

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Lily Bucko


(Understudy Sally Bowles)

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Jules Ferolie


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Andrew Bova


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Elliana Karris


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CeCe Lampa


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Colin Welter


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Emily Begley


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Austina Hand

The Emcee

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Lauren Dodds

Sally Bowles

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Lucas Babcock

Cliff Bradshaw

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Emerson Hart

Ernst Ludwig

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Jonah Barricklo

Herr Schultz

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Sydney Jordan

Fraulein Schneider



"Willkommen" – Emcee & Company

“Welcome to Berlin” – Emcee

"So What?" – Fräulein Schneider

"Don't Tell Mama" – Sally & the Kit Kat Folks

"Mein Herr" – Sally & Folks

"Perfectly Marvelous" – Sally & Cliff

"Two Ladies" – Emcee & Two Folks

"It Couldn't Please Me More” – Schneider, Schultz, & Emcee

"Tomorrow Belongs to Me" – Soloist

"Maybe This Time" – Sally

"Money" – Emcee & Girls

"Married" – Schultz, Kost, & Schneider

Reprise: "Tomorrow Belongs to Me" – Kost, Ernst, & Guests



Reprise: "Married" – Schultz

"If You Could See Her” – Emcee

"What Would You Do?" – Schneider

"I Don't Care Much" – Emcee

"Cabaret" – Sally

"Finale" – Cliff & Emcee

End of Show – Emcee

The Orchestra









Guitar/Banjo TOM YOUNG



Bass (Substitute) KATE FOSS

Meet the 
Artistic and Production Staff


Fight Choreographer TED HEWLETT

Assistant Director ANTHONY ALLOCCA


Assistant Director JOSH O'BRIEN

Observing Director SABRINA MANGONE

Observing Choreographer ANTHONY SPIDELL

Assistant Music Director MAGGIE SHERIDAN

Assistant Choreographer CAMILLE CAPPELLO


Gender Consultant RAY GOETZ

Rabbinic Consultant DR. RABBI MICHAEL SHIRE

Rabbinic Consultant RABBI MARCIA PLUMB

Assistant Scenic Designer NARISSA KELLIHER

Assistant Scenic Designer LULU BATZORIG

Scenic Artist AVA SCALON




Assistant Props Lead TIM FINE

Assistant Props Lead ECHO LU 
Assistant Costume Designer AMAYA GONZALEZ-MOLLMANN

Assistant Lighting Designer TIM SCALZO
Production Electrician BAZ KOUBA
Lead Electrician OLIVER HAWKE

Assistant Lead Electrician DYLAN NORRIS

Assistant Lead Electrician MATT DANDINO

Assistant Lead Electrician ARTHUR MANSAVAGE

Assistant Production Sound Engineer LORENZO SOSA LOPEZ




Assistant Technical Director HARLEY NOVY

Assistant Technical Director MERCY SUAREZ

Assistant Stage Manager BLAKE BERGGREN
2nd Assistant Stage Manager ESTHER CHILSON
Production Assistant OLIVER WORNER

Production Assistant MAC MEDEIROS
Production Supervisor OLIVIA TIGHE
Associate Production Supervisor DELENE BEAUCHAMP

Assistant Production Supervisor HALLE HART

Assistant Company Manager SAMANTHA DUGGAN

Assistant Company Manager KAILEY PELLETIER

Run Crew


Cast Bios


BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: Augusta and Noble (Gabi Castillo). Emerson College Credits: Emerson Musical Theatre BFA "Total Drama Pop Cab," RareWorks Theatre Company's To The End Of The World (Clara) and GUYS (Zoe). Thanks to the incredible cast and crew of Cabaret and my unbelievably talented classmates for making my senior year one for the books!

LUCAS BABCOCK (he/him)—Clifford Bradshaw

BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: The Secret in the Wings (Actor 9), The Spitfire Grill (Joe Sutter), Into the Woods (Male Swing), The Late Wedding (Narrator/Ensemble), An Interior of the Artist Without Her Sister (Thoby), and Corduroy (Corduroy). Regional Credits: Clear Space Theatre Company's Grease (Danny) and Joseph...Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rueben/ Ensemble); and Dr. Phillips Center's A Funny Thing…Forum (Marcus Lycus). Lucas would love to thank the cast and creative team for fostering a great learning environment!


BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Into the Woods (Swing, Prince/Wolf), Old Jake’s Skirts (Otis Brown), and This Girl… (Father/Old Man). Emerson College credit: Musical Theatre Society's Ordinary Days (Featured Dancer). Some of his favorite credits include Xanadu (Sonny Malone) for The Prizery, the online concert premiere of Sticks and Stones, and Generation Wrecks, a new film featured at Dances With Films LA 2021. I am so deeply humbled by everyone I was honored to work with on this show; thank you all for such a wonderful conclusion to my time at Emerson!

EMILY BEGLEY (she/her)—Swing

BFA '24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: The Spitfire Grill (Understudy, Percy Talbott/Shelby Thorpe). Emerson College credits: The Wild Party (Queenie) and Rock of Ages (Sherrie). Regional credits: Moonbox Production's Sister School (Mel) and Mass Opera's Mirror Cabaret (Soloist). Thank you to Mom, Dad, Kev, Sam, Lily, Jules and Anthony for all their support. @emily.begley

ANDREW BOVA (he/him)—Cello Soloist/Swing

BFA '25 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: Old Jake’s Skirts (Swing). Emerson College credits: Urinetown (Bobby Strong), Heathers (Kurt Kelly), The Summer I Turned Pretty (Maxon), Buck Woods is a Good Man (Buck Woods), and La Cage Aux Folles (Dindon). Andrew has had the pleasure to play roles in various Emerson Independent Video productions as well. Much love to Mom, Dad, and Ally. Thank you for your endless support.

LILY BUCKO (she/her)—Petra/Sailor/Rudy (Understudy, Sally Bowles)

BFA '24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage debut! Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Against the Grain's The Wild Party (Dolores) and Rock of Ages (Waitress #1), Kidding Around's Seussical (Cat in the Hat), and Musical Theatre Society's Urinetown (Little Becky Two Shoes). Overjoyed to be apart of this dream show, and sharing this story. Thanks to those who've always believed in me.

MAGGIE CAVANAUGH (she/her)—Ilse/Tomorrow Belongs to Me Soloist

BFA '25 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage debut! Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Against the Grain's 25th Annual...Spelling Bee (Olive) and Dream Cabaret (Soloist), Musical Theatre Society's Equity Fights AIDS Cabaret (Soloist), Kidding Around's Seussical (Music Director). Other credits: Spring Awakening (Anna) and Two Gentlemen of Verona: The Musical (Ensemble). Thank you to my family for your unwavering support!

LAUREN DODDS (she/her)—Sally Bowles

BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Next To Normal (Understudy, Natalie), Marie Antoinette (Dauphin/Understudy, Sheep), This Golden Day (Understudy, Maura). Select Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society's 25th… Spelling Bee (Director/Choreographer) and Rock of Ages (Regina); Musical Theatre Society's Charlie Brown (Linus) and Urinetown (Little Sally); Kidding Around's 13! The Musical (Patrice); and Mercutio Troupe’s Trial of Errors (Carmen). At Emerson, Lauren has also done work as a costume/makeup designer, marketing director, dramaturg, and fight choreographer. Shoutout to my family and MT ‘23 :) Audience of one. IG @who.let.the.dodds.out.

JULES FEROLIE (she/her)—Ursula/Sailor

BFA '24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: The Spitfire Grill (Understudy, Effy). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society's The Wild Party (Madelaine True) and Urinetown (Josephine Strong); Kidding Around’s Seussical TYA (Sour Kangaroo); Musical Theatre Against the Grain's Rock of Ages (Ensemble/Swing); and RareWorks Theatre Company's Buck Woods is a Good Man (Sarah). Emerson film: Sloth and Wrath (Linda) and Girl Hell Reuploads: “Eating Fruit.” Break legs to the cast/crew of Cabaret and much love to Mom, Dad, & Andrew for the continuous support.

ALEX GOLDMAN (he/him)—Hans

BFA '24 Acting. Emerson Stage credits: As You Like It (Swing, Orlando/Amiens) and NewFest Short Works: Recollection (Playwright). Emerson College theatre: Kidding Around’s Seussical TYA (Wickersham Brother) and emShakes’ Romeo and Juliet (Romeo). Regional: Moonbox Productions’ LATE the Musical (Ryver). Thanks to my friends and family, and to all the people who were living unapologetically in Weimar-era Berlin, who inspired this show. May your memories be a blessing.

SAM GUIDA (he/him)—Bobby (Understudy, The Emcee)

BFA '24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage debut! Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Against the Grain's The Wild Party (Phil/Dance Captain) and Rock of Ages (Franz/Dance Captain); and Musical Theatre Society's Urinetown (Hot Blades Harry/Dance Captain) and La Cage Aux Folles (Cagelle/Dance Captain). Thanks to Emily, Anthony, Jules, Lily, mom, and dad for your constant love and support.


BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Three Romances for the Unwell and Otherwise (Seth) and This Golden Day (Understudy). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Sally Brown) and Big Fish (Amos Calloway). Upcoming regional credits: Virginia Repertory Theatre’s The Velveteen Rabbit (The Boy). I LOVE YOU BOSTON!

EMERSON HART (he/him)—Ernst Ludwig

BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: The Spitfire Grill (Associate Director), Into the Woods (Cinderella's Father/Understudy, Baker), Next to Normal (Understudy, Gabe/Henry), Spring Awakening (Male Swing/Understudy, Moritz). Emerson College credit: La Cage Aux Folles (Georges). Emerson would like to thank the Senior MTs for cultivating one of the greatest cohorts of all time.


BFA '24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage debut! Community Theater credits: Curtain Call Theater's I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; The Umbrella Art's Dracula (Marilla); and The Prizery's Xanadu (Muse). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Against the Grain's Rock of Ages (Mayor) and Kidding Around's Seussical TYA (Bird Girl). Much appreciation to the loved ones for all the support. IG: @on_bw

SYDNEY JORDAN (she/her)—Fraulein Schneider

BFA '23 Theatre and Performance. Emerson Stage debut! Regional Credits: Burlington PAC’s Anything Goes (Reno), RENT (Joanne), and Merrily We Roll Along (Scotty). TV/Film credit: AMC’s Invitation to a Bonfire (Elizabeth). Huge thanks to Mom, Maddie, and Grandma for supporting this crazy dream since the beginning, to everyone at work for allowing a two month hiatus for rehearsals, and to Pete for always celebrating each stepping stone with an ice cold beer.

ELLIANA KARRIS (she/her)—Swing

BFA '24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: Into the Woods (Giant/Female Swing). Emerson College credits: Mercutio Troupe's Dance Nation (Vanessa/The Moms), Emerson Fights AIDS Cabaret (Fall '22), Emerson Urban Dance Theatre (Fall '22), Emerson Dance Company (Fall '20). Other credit: Joe Lujan's Rust 3 (Maddie). So lucky to always have Mom and Dad in my corner. IG: @ellie.carrots

EMILY KILBOURNE (she/her)—Frenchie

BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: Into the Woods (Swing). Other credits: Emerson Independent Film's FlimFlam Season 2 Ep. 1 (Max), Floor 13 Season 3 Ep. 3 (Aurora), This Isn't My House (Katie). Independent short film: Pepo (Taylor). Thanks to my family, friends, Val Madden and Melissa Healey for teaching me to love theater again, and the Tam for getting me through my toughest times!


BFA '25 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage debut! Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Against the Grain's The Wild Party (Jackie) and 25th Annual… Spelling Bee (Marcy Park); Musical Theatre Society's Heathers (New Wave Girl/Understudy, Heather Duke), Big Fish (Mermaid/Dance Captain), La Cage Aux Folles (Bitelle/Tabaro), Urinetown (Choreographer), and Emerson Fights AIDS Cabaret (Soloist). Thank you to my family and friends for their constant love and support, the cast and crew for their commitment and care, and a special thanks to Carly Zamost for her hard work on this production!

ALLY ANNA MCLEAN (she/her)—Helga/Gorilla (Understudy, Fraulein Kost)

BFA '25 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: Old Jakes Skirts (Understudy, Sarah/Storyteller). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Against the Grain's Rock of Ages (Ensemble) and Musical Theatre Society's Urinetown (Soupy Sue). Special thanks to mom and Ryan for the support!

MORGAN MCMILLIN (she/her)—Lulu/Two Ladies/Dance Captain

BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: The Spitfire Grill (Shelby) and Into The Woods (Stepsister Lucinda). Emerson College theatre credits: Musical Theatre Against the Grain's The Wild Party (Co-Choreographer) and Rock Of Ages (Choreographer); and Musical Theatre Society's You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown! (Choreographer). Other credits: Firehouse Center For the Arts' The Producers (Female Ensemble/Male Swing). Morgan would like to thank her family for being so incredibly supportive and her bestie for the restie, Liv Tighe #RROYB

KELLY O'BRYAN—Ingrid/Chanteuse

BFA '25 Theatre Education & Performance. Emerson Stage debut! Emerson College theatre credits: Musical Theatre Society's La Cage Aux Folles (Jaqueline); RareWorks Theatre Company's To the End of the World (Costume Designer); emShakes' The Moors (Assistant Costume Designer/Wardrobe Supervisor); and Mercutio Troupe's All Night: at a party in the suburbs (Assistant Costume Designer/Wardrobe Supervisor). Other credits: Hairspray (Tracy), and You Can't Take it With You (Penny) Thanks to Mom, Dom, and to all of her friends! 

ERICH PHELPS (any pronouns)—Herman/Max

BFA '25 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: Old Jake’s Skirts (Storyteller). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Against the Grain’s Rock of Ages (Dennis) and The Wild Party (Eddie); and Musical Theatre Society’s Urinetown (Ensemble) and Heathers the Musical (Ram Sweeney). Thanks to Mom, Dad, and friends for the support!

STEFANIE RICHARDSON (she/her)—Fraulein Kost

BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Three Romances For the Unwell and Otherwise (Understudy, Clara) and This Golden Day (Soloist). Emerson College theatre credit: Musical Theater Society's Fun Home (Helen). Thanks to mom for your endless support!

AMARÍS RIOS (she/they)—Fritzie

BFA '24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: The Wolves (#13) and The Late Wedding (Narrator). Emerson College credits: Antigone (Chorus), Rock of Ages (Assistant Director), and Emerson Fights AIDS Cabaret (Assistant Director). She wants to thank her mother, grandparents, friends, and Bad Bunny, for always encouraging her to be the best version of herself.

DAVID SCHELL (they/he)—Victor/Sailor

BFA '25 Theatre and Performance. Emerson Stage debut! Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society’s La Cage Aux Folles (Hanna), Big Fish (Young Will/Zacky), Urinetown (Officer Barrell), The Secret Garden (Costume Designer), and 2021 Emerson Fights Aids Cabaret; and Musical Theatre Against the Grain’s Dream Cabaret. Thanks to Carly Slaymost and the entire production team for making this process an amazing experience. Fascinating! Instagram: @d_schell186

COLIN WELTER (he/him)—Swing

BFA '25 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage debut! Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society’s Urinetown (Music Director), Emerson Fights AIDS Cabaret (Music Director/Arrangements), and The Summer I Turned Pretty (Arrangements/Additional Music). Additional Theatre credits: Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Sweet Charity (Oscar), and A Chorus Line (Bobby). Many thanks to Carly Zamost and the entire Cabaret team!

Cast Bios
Creative Bios

Creative Team Bios

SARIVA GOETZ (she/her)—Music Director/Conductor

Sariva has worked on numerous Broadway shows including ten years as the assistant conductor/keyboardist for the original Broadway production of Les Misérables. Other Broadway credits include Aladdin, Sister Act, Mamma Mia, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Miss Saigon, City of Angels, Secret Garden, Once on This Island, and Sweeney Todd.  Off-Broadway and regional credits include Splendora, The Jerusalem Syndrome, Empire the Musical, and two productions of Really Rosie, one directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and the other by author Maurice Sendak.  She has worked at major regional venues across the country including the Cleveland Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Opera House, Bucks County Playhouse, and La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.  Sariva has coached hundreds of musical theatre performers for auditions, shows, and cabarets, and is currently a member of the musical theatre faculty here at Emerson.  Previous Emerson Stage credits include Stardust, Lucky Stiff, and Spring Awakening.  Sariva holds a Master of Arts from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Arizona.


Christopher Shin is currently on faculty at Emerson College as Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Choreography. He has performed professionally for nearly two decades. Broadway/Tour: Disney’s Mary Poppins, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Regional: Goodspeed Opera House (42nd Street, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Arena Stage (Anything Goes), Maltz Jupiter Theatre (South Pacific), Walnut Street Theatre (Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Story, The Producers), Kansas City Starlight (Miss Saigon), Sacramento Music Circus (La Cage aux Folles, The King and I), Gulfshore Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Ocean State Theatre Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, Arkansas Rep, Merry Go Round Playhouse. Recent Choreography credits include: Newsies (Zilker Theatre Company), Annie, Grease (TexArts). Upcoming: Choreographer for Emerson Stage’s production of: Bat Boy (Fall 2023). MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University, BFA in Theatre from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Member of Actors’ Equity Association.


Luciana Stecconi’s previous designs for Emerson Stage include Working and Spring Awakening. She has designed for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Huntington Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre, Signature Theatre, The Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences, Mosaic Theater, Theater J, Everyman Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Georgetown University, Catholic University, American University, Imagination Stage, and many more. She’s the Assistant Professor in Scenic Design at Emerson College. Stecconi holds an MFA in design from Brandeis University and is a member of USA Local 829.


Lauren is a Boston-area theater technician/designer and an Emerson alum who enjoys working with props, paint, and wardrobe. Emerson Stage prop credits include: Stupid F###ing Bird, Next to Normal, Into the Woods, and Old Jake's Skirts. Other select prop credits: Breath and Imagination, Little Shop of Horrors, Murder on the Orient Express, The Cake, The Treasurer, Be Here Now, The Last Five Years, Mr. Parent, The Light, Fabulation, or...., and Preludes (Lyric Stage Company); Barefoot in the Park, Tiny Beautiful Things, Seared, Think of Me Tuesday, Mr. Fullerton Between the Sheets, Grand Horizons (Gloucester Stage Company); Circle Mirror Transformation (Brandeis University); Pippin (Reagle Music Theater); Chicken & Biscuits (Front Porch Arts Collective). Lauren is also currently the Assistant Prop Director for Emerson Stage and wants to thank all of the great students in the shop and on the various productions.

CHLOE MOORE—Costume Designer

Chloe is a Boston-based educator, costume maker and designer for Opera, Theatre and Dance. Recent work includes credits with Boston Playwrights Theatre, Boston University’s School of Theatre and Opera Institute, Boston Early Music Festival, A.R.T., Boston Conservatory at Berklee, as well as American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin.  Since earning her MFA in Costume Design from BU in 2020, she has served as Costume Fellow and Professor at Shenandoah University and as Faculty in BU’s School of Theatre.

HANNAH FORSBERG (she/her)—Co-Lighting Designer

BFA '24 Theatre Design/Technology. Emerson Stage credits: This Golden Day (Sound Board Operator), Spring Awakening (Assistant Lead Electrician), The Late Wedding (Assistant Lighting Designer), Next to Normal (Lead Electrician), and Old Jake’s Skirt (Lead Electrician). Thanks to my family, friends, and advisors for their ongoing support!

SCOTT PINKNEY—Co-Lighting Designer

Broadway: Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award winning Torch Song Trilogy. Off-Broadway: Vincent, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Majestic Kid, Divine Fire, Nymph Errant and The World is Made of Glass. Regional Theatres: The Guthrie, Denver Center, The Huntington, George Street Playhouse, TheatreVirginia, Olney Theatre. At Barrington Stage (named an Associate Artist in 2014), more than 35 productions including American Son, Best of Enemies, Whipping Man and Follies. International: ART and Kiss of the Spider Woman for Singapore Rep, and Concerts for Club Mohamed-Ali in Cairo. Boston: Ulysses on Bottles (IRNE Nomination); Israeli Stage, Comedy of Errors; Commonwealth Shakespeare, (Norton Award), Don Giovanni; NEC Opera, Freud's Last Session for New Rep, and many productions for Emerson Stage. Scott is Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the College Light Opera Company on Cape Cod. He serves as a Professor of Lighting Design at Emerson.

SARAH MILLER—Sound Designer

BFA '24 Theatre Design/Technology. Emerson Stage credits: The Secret in the Wings (Production Sound Engineer), Are You Someone To Somebody? A New Devised Piece (A1), The Spitfire Grill (Production Sound Engineer), The Wolves (Sound Designer), Into the Woods (A2), RAGE (Sound Designer), Next to Normal (Production Sound Engineer), and The Late Wedding (Assistant Sound Designer). Emerson College credits: RareWorks Theatre Company's Feeding the Moonfish (Sound Designer) and sub (Associate Sound Designer). Outside credits: Lyric Stage Company's The Great Leap (Assistant Sound Designer) and Boston Conservatory's Into the Woods (Assistant Sound Designer). Thanks to their friends and family for their support and love!


CARLY ZAMOST (she/her)—Stage Manager

BFA '23 Stage and Production Management. Emerson Stage credits: Old Jake’s Skirts (Production Supervisor), Next to Normal (1st Assistant Stage Manager), Baltimore (Production Supervisor), Spring Awakening (Assistant Production Supervisor), Everybody (2nd Assistant Stage Manager), Men on Boats (2nd Assistant Stage Manager), Squeaky Fromme Love Song (Assistant Production Supervisor), Flora the Red Menace (Production Assistant). Emerson College credits: 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Stage Manager) and Urinetown (Stage Manager). Other credits: NHSI Theatre Arts program at Northwestern University (Assistant Production Manager). Upcoming credits: Ragtime: The Symphonic Concert at Tanglewood (Stage Manager) and Ragtime: The Symphonic Concert at Symphony Hall (Assistant Stage Manager). Carly would like to thank her family, friends, and the entire company for their unconditional love and support. A special thank you to Deb Acquavella for her positive encouragement and for always believing in me over the last 4 years at Emerson.

MARISSA FRIEDMAN (she/her)—Senior Dramaturg

Marissa is a dramaturg, educator, and arts communicator. She is an Affiliated Faculty member in Emerson College’s Department of Performing Arts and serves as the Dramaturgy Advisor for Emerson Stage. Marissa graduated with an MFA in Dramaturgy and Theater Studies from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, and received her BA in Historical Studies from Bard College. While at the Institute, she dramaturged the world premiere productions of Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews’ Witness Uganda, directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus, and David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette, directed by Tony Award-winner Rebecca Taichman. As a dramaturg, Marissa has worked at: Jewish Plays Project, Fresh Ink Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the American Repertory Theater, the Moscow Art Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, the Atlantic Theater Company, Westport Country Playhouse, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Bard College. She is also the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Art, Culture, and Technology program at MIT. Previous Emerson Stage advising includes: The Wolves, The Spitfire Grill, Old Jake’s Skirts, Next to Normal, As You Like It, RAGE, Three Romances for the Unwell and Otherwise, and Into the Woods.


RAINIER PEARL-STYLES (she/they)—Dramaturg

MFA '23 Theatre Education/Applied Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: The Late Wedding (Assistant Director). Other credits: MIT Shakespeare Ensemble's Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It (Director); San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's A Winter's Tale (dramaturg); 13 Pratt Theatre Co-op (Founding Member, Devisor). Thanks to Marissa, Ilana, and company for taking such good care of this story.

SEAN PATRICK GIBBONS (he/him/his)—Intimacy Director

Sean is a certified Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators mentored under Claire Warden and Cha Ramos. Sean is also an Actor, Voice and Movement specialist, Theatre Educator, and Director. He is also in the process of becoming a certified teacher of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique with the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium through Kent State. He has performed Off-Broadway and in various regional theatres across the country including Boston Playwrights Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Scranton Shakespeare Festival, Bridge Repertory Theatre, Atlantic Rep, Theatre Lab, and many more. A member of Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA eligible, he has also worked and taught at the International Theatre and Dance Project in Greece, University of Scranton, Brandeis University, Wellesley College, American International College, Florida Atlantic University, Harvard University, and Boston Theatre Company. Sean holds an MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University, and two undergraduate degrees in Acting and Theatre Education from Marywood University. Sean is also on the admissions recruitment team for the American Musical Dramatic Academy, and on the theatre faculty of the Boston Arts Academy where he teaches Acting and Voice and Movement for the Actor. To learn more about consent-forward advocacy for artists:

RAY GOETZ (he/him)—Gender Consultant

Ray Goetz is a Gender Consultant based out of the greater New York area.  He has a degree in Gender Studies from Hunter College in Manhattan.  Since graduating he has worked in the non-profit sector for a few different social service agencies.  He spent several years working with LGBTQIA+ youth doing a lot of educational outreach.  His education, previous work, and lived experience as a transgender person is what led him to start his own Gender Consulting business. He educates others in a variety of fields on issues surrounding gender and the trans community in the hopes of allowing them to better serve the needs of the transgender population.  He is very grateful for the opportunity to have been involved with this production as it has allowed him to combine his passion for advocacy and education with his love for theater.  If you’re interested in learning more about what his business has to offer please visit his website at

Meet the

Emerson Stage Staff


Artistic Director—Annie G. Levy
General Manager—David Colfer

Assistant General Manager—Joshua M. Feder
Production Manager—Timothey Sullivan

Interim Production Manager—Deb Sullivan

Technical Director—Kristin Knutson

Props Director—Ryan Bates

Costume Shop Supervisor—Richelle Devereaux-Murray

Resident Sound Designer—Elizabeth Cahill

Head Carpenter—Connor Thompson

Scenic Painter—Joe Keener

Sound Technician—Steven Deptula

Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor—Becky Thorogood

Draper/Cutter—Laurie Bramhall

Assistant Properties Manager—Lauren Corcuera


Stage and Production Management—Debra A. Acquavella
Scenic Design—Luciana Stecconi

Scenic Painting—Joe Keener

Costume Design—Tristan Raines

Lighting Design—Scott Pinkney

Sound Design—Elizabeth Cahill

Fight/Intimacy—Ted Hewlett

Dramaturgy—Marissa Friedman


Emerson Stage Office Assistants— Alex Tawid Di Maggio, Jake Tolentino, Esther Chilson, Karli Fisher, Carly Mentis, Samantha Duggan
Production Management Assistants—Olivia Tighe, Blake Berggren, Esther Chilson

Videographers—Xiao Chen and Juanes Serrano

Scenic Technicians—Casper Apodaca, Jonah Barricklo, Sean Dougherty, Marco Giacona, Emerson Hart, Davis Kranchalk, Dylan Norris, Mercy Suarez, Elise Tuckwood

Scenic Artists/Painters—Sofia Goldfarb, Fernando Rueda, Elizabeth Fuire, David Staats, Katherine Kendrick, Elizabeth Nunnery, Nel Blinman

Paint Shop Assistant—Sophie Hartstein

Prop Shop Assistant—Delene Beauchamp, Amaya Gonzalez-Mollmann, Oliver Hawke, Mariel Richardson, Ava Scanlon, Mercy Suarez

Stitchers—Ava-Sofia Settoon, David Estabrooks, Austina Hand, Greta Morgan, Heidi Keithahn, Madeline Henry, Lorence Jones-Perpich, Trixie Ward

Dye/Crafts—Ariel Coleman

Costume Shop Office Assistant—Zhiyan Jin

Laundry Assistant—Angelina Parillo

Stock Attendants—Lucile Lyon, Megan Decker, Aleah Bloom

Light Lab Inventory AssistantPiper Phillips

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