INTO THE WOODS
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Originally Directed on Broadway by
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Directed by Scott LaFeber
Music Direction by Jonathan Goldberg
Original Broadway Production by
Heidi Landesman, Rocco Landesman, Rick Steiner, M. Anthony Fisher, Frederic H. Mayerson, and Jujamcyn Theaters
Originally produced by the Old Globe Theater, San Diego, CA.
The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
APRIL 14 & 16, 2022
Cutler Majestic Theater
All performances open to the public
A note on COVID safety: Please know that as an audience member for any of our performances, you will be required to wear a mask and present your vaccination card 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.
Into the Woods is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
The Producers wish to thank Goodspeed Musicals Costume Collection & Rental for its assistance in this production.
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On this page you'll find detailed programmatic information
as well as notes from directors, designers, and the cast
about how our production of INTO THE WOODS
took shape over the past few months.
Opening Night Special Award
2022 Leonidas A. Nickole Award of Distinction
The Emerson College Musical Theatre Society (MTS) is proud to present the 2022 Leonidas A. Nickole Award of Distinction to Christopher Sieber. This great honor has previously been held by artists such as Jeremy Pope (last year's recipient), 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 Musical Theatre. Christopher's career in Musical Theatre is certainly amazing and MTS is honored to be presenting him with this award.
CHRISTOPHER SIEBER started performing shows in his parents living room where he was a triumph at age 7 in “The Christopher Comedy Cavalcade of 1976” seen by both his parents and unsuspecting neighbors driving by. Then, Broadway: Company, The Prom, Matilda, Pippin', La Cage Aux Folles, Shrek (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League,Outer Critics noms), Monty Python's Spamalot (Tony Nom and West End Production), Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into The Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love. Television: Blue Bloods, Law and Order SVU, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, Elementary, Ed, Sex and the City, Pushing Daisies, It's All Relative, Two of a Kind, and lots of daytime tv like Guiding Light, All My Children, Another World, where his many recurring characters never went anywhere....
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Authors & Rights Holders
ABOUT STEPHEN SONDHEIM
STEPHEN SONDHEIM wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeny Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park With George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994) and Road Show (2008) as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959) and Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Anthologies of his work include Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me A Little (1981), You're Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting It Together (1993/99) and Sondheim On Sondheim (2010). He composed the scores of the films "Stavisky" (1974) and "Reds" (1981) and songs for "Dick Tracy" (1990) and the television production "Evening Primrose" (1966). His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: "Finishing the Hat" (2010) and "Look, I Made A Hat" (2011). In 2010 Broadway's Henry Miller's Theatre was renamed The Stephen Sondheim Theatre in his honour; in 2019, London's Queens Theatre was also renamed the Sondheim.
ABOUT JAMES LAPINE
JAMES LAPINE is a playwright and director. On Broadway he has worked with Stephen Sondheim on Sunday in the Park with George; Into the Woods; and Passion. He also conceived and directed the musical review Sondheim on Sondheim. With William Finn he created Falsettos recently revived by Lincoln Center Theater; Little Miss Sunshine; Muscle; and directed Finn's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other Broadway credits include his play based on Moss Hart's memoir Act One (also LCT), Amour, The Diary of Anne Frank, Golden Child, and Dirty Blonde. He has written the plays Table Settings, Twelve Dreams, The Moment When, Fran's Bed and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing. Lapine has been nominated for eleven Tony Awards, winning on three occasions. He has also been the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, SDC's Mr. Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater, and inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.
MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL, RIGHTS HOLDER
Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form.
MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theatres in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.
MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre, and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’s Broadway Junior™ shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals for performance by elementary and middle school-aged performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students.
A note from the
In the first volume of The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy gets caught up in an unknown world and needs to find her way back home. This trajectory takes her on a winding road, meeting new friends, frightening villains, and leaves with a deeper understanding of what home means to her, giving a new perspective on life when she gets back to Kansas. Oz author L. Frank Baum seeks western-looking individualism and a clear understanding of how to solve a problem and move forward.
Our story here in the Majestic Theater of Into the Woods is an American one, just like Oz. Our version of Sondheim’s classic tale keeps away from the high-minded language that European tradition and the Eurocentricity that the Grimm’s fairy tales dive into. For us, the small and powerless are given agency and are constantly trying to figure out how they fit in and simply address the problems in trying to solve their issues. To symbolize this American utilitarianism, the scenery has evolved as well. The scenic elements have progressed to a conceptual cross between an American environment and an iconic functional apparatus.
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Meet the Director
Scott has acted on Broadway, regionally and for television, and has a long association with the renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts as an actor, stage manager, and cabaret performer. From 1996 to 2007 Scott served as artistic director for The New Harmony Theatre, a LORT summer theatre in Indiana. At New Harmony, he directed the world premiere of A Moon To Dance By which was subsequently optioned and received a Pulitzer Prize for Drama nomination in 2009. He has directed across the country with actors such as Olivier Award-winner Laura Michelle-Kelly and multiple Tony Award-nominees Terrence Mann, Christopher Fitzgerald, and Dee Hoty. Into The Woods marks his sixteenth show for Emerson Stage. Scott teaches in the BFA Musical Theatre program at Emerson. For Sylvie Mireille: Wishes are children…
Meet the Assistant Director
EMMA GOLDMAN, BFA '22 Theatre
Emerson Stage credit: Spring Awakening (Assistant Company Manager). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society's Big Fish (Executive Producer), Fun Home (Associate Producer), American Idiot (Stage Manager), Children of Eden (Stage Manager), Heathers the Musical (Assistant Director); RareWorks Theatre Company's And She Dwelt... (Co-Producer) and Marty and Tad are LIVING! (Producer). A huge thank you to Scott, the rest of the Woods team, and the cast for such an incredible rehearsal process.
Prologue: "Into The Woods"—Company
"Cinderella At The Grave"—Cinderella, Cinderella's Mother
"Hello, Little Girl"—Wolf, Little Red
"I Guess This Is Goodbye"—Jack
"Maybe They're Magic"—Baker's Wife, Baker
"My Little World"—Witch, Rapunzel
"I Know Things Now"—Little Red
"A Very Nice Prince"—Cinderella, Baker's Wife
"Giants In The Sky"—Jack
"Agony"—Cinderella's Prince, Rapunzel's Prince
"It Takes Two"—Baker, Baker's Wife
"Stay With Me"—Witch
"On The Steps Of The Palace"—Cinderella
Prologue: "So Happy"—Company
"Agony"—Cinderella's Prince, Rapunzel's Prince
"Any Moment"—Cinderella's Prince, Baker's Wife
"Moments In The Woods"—Baker's Wife
"Your Fault"—Jack, Baker, Little Red, Witch, Cinderella
"No More"—Baker, Mysterious Man
"No One Is Alone"—Cinderella, Baker, Jack, Little Red
Finale: "Children Will Listen"—Company
Jonathan Goldberg is a member of Emerson’s Musical Theatre faculty. Recent music director credits for Emerson Stage: Next To Normal, Flora The Red Menace, Working, Urinetown, Titanic, Guys And Dolls and Carousel, as well as the 2010 Emerson Stage production of Into The Woods. Recent Boston regional productions: Pacific Overtures, Road Show, Sondheim On Sondheim, and Sweeney Todd (Lyric Stage Company Of Boston); and Little Women, Ragtime and Billy Elliot (Wheelock Family Theatre). Jon has won four IRNE awards for Lyric Stage productions of A Little Night Music, Man of La Mancha, Grey Gardens, and Kiss Me Kate. Other credits: Pacific Overtures (North Shore Music Theatre), Forever Plaid (Stuart Street Playhouse), and three years with the Boston company of Nunsense.
A note from
To Stray From The Path: An American Take On Into The Woods
James Lapine (book) and Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) started developing Into the Woods in the 1980s by drawing plot lines and characters from a variety of Brothers Grimm fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk. The original San Diego production premiered at the Old Globe Theatre on December 4, 1986 and ran for 50 performances, later coming to the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway on November 5, 1987.
Intrigued by the misconstrued morals of the main characters of these stories, though finding that the stories were very short, Lapine and Sondheim created the Baker and his Wife to add to the larger story they were composing. The first act of Into the Woods focuses on each character’s individual quest, while the second act is about the consequences of their actions, for better or worse. The Baker and his Wife want to start a family, though are cursed with barrenness. Rapunzel is trying to find her place in a world that the Witch had kept her hidden from. Cinderella is looking for her identity, and her prince. Little Red Riding Hood is supposed to put one foot in front of the other on the path to get to her grandmother’s house, but strays from the path, only for it to go wrong. Jack dreams of being rich and helping his family, but is consumed by greed and unleashes a Giant upon the land. What happens when we get what we want without thinking about possible consequences?
Into the Woods Dramaturgical Website
The dramaturg has created a website that serves to showcase our main goal with this production of Into the Woods: turning the show from European to American. What does that mean? Click the button below to find out more.
ABOUT THE DRAMATURG CIARA BERARDI, BFA '25 Theatre
Emerson Stage credit: Three Romances for the Unwell and Otherwise (Stage Crew). Emerson College credit: Musical Theatre Against The Grain’s Rock of Ages (Assistant Marketing Director). Regional credits: Manasquan's Silver Linings (Stage Manager, Ensemble), Shrek the Musical (Ensemble, Construction), Dracula (Ensemble, Construction), Big Fish (Mermaid, Construction), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Ensemble, Construction). Thanks to everyone that's helped me get this far.
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.
JORDAN BARNETT, BFA '22 Theatre Design/Technology
Emerson Stage credits: The Late Wedding (Lighting Designer), Marisol (Lighting Designer), Corduroy (Assistant Scenic Designer), Good Breeding (Assistant Scenic Designer), and 10 Out of 12 (Assistant Lighting Designer). Other credit: Neopolitcal Cowgirls Hysteria (Lighting Designer). Thank you Luciana, Josie, and Evonne for being an amazing team, and to my parents for supporting my dreams. Jupnett.com
ALEX BASCO KOCH
Broadway: Be More Chill (Drama Desk, Lortel, Outer Critics Circle nominated) and Irena's Vow. Off-Broadway: Buyer & Cellar (North American Tour; Menier Chocolate Factory; Barrow Street; Rattlestick); Fireflies (Atlantic; Lortel nominated); I Was Most Alive With You (Playwrights Horizons); The Liquid Plain (Signature; Oregon Shakespeare Festival); GOODBAR (The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival). Regional: Indecent (Guthrie); The Who's Tommy (Denver Center); Approval Junkie, Tiger Style (Alliance; Huntington Theatre Company); Stax, Marley (Baltimore Center Stage); Invisible Man (Court Theatre, Chicago; Studio Theatre, Washington DC; Huntington); ReEntry (Baltimore Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Roundhouse Theatre). Concert: The Magnetic Fields 50 Song Memoir.
PIPER PHILLIPS, BFA '23 Theatre Design/Technology
Emerson Stage credits: As You Like It (Lighting Designer), Marie Antoinette (Production Electrician), This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Associate Scenic Designer), and Everybody (vMix). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society’s La Cage Aux Folles (Lighting Designer); The 40th Annual EVVY Awards (Production Electrician); and Mercutio Troupe’s The Trial of Errors (Lighting Designer). piper-phillips.format.com
Past prop credits: Emerson Stage: Next to Normal, Stupid F***ing Bird, Men on Boats; Brandeis University: Circle Mirror Transformation; Moonbox Productions: Cabaret; Gloucester Stage: the Agitators, Barefoot in the Park, Tiny Beautiful Things, Seared, Think of Me Tuesday; Lyric Stage: Breath and Imagination, Little Shop of Horrors, Murder on the Orient Express, The Cake, The Treasurer, Be Here Now, The Last Five Years, and Mr. Parent. Thanks to Ava, Olivia, Ryan, and the shop!
MOLLY SHAUGHNESSY, BFA '22 Theatre Design/Technology
Emerson Stage credits: As You Like It (Wardrobe Supervisor), Next to Normal (Wardrobe Supervisor), Everybody (Wardrobe Supervisor), This Golden Day (Costume Designer), Amanuensis, or The Miltons (Co- Costume Designer), Augusta and Noble (Assistant Costume Designer). Emerson College credits: Emerson Independent Video’s Russian Roulette (Costume Designer) and The 39th Annual EVVY Awards (Wardrobe Stylist Assistant). Thank you to my family and friends for all of their continuous love and support.
GRACE TUCHMAN, BFA '22 Theatre Design/Technology
Emerson Stage credits: Interior of the Artist Without Her Sister (Lighting Designer) and Baltimore (Production Electrician). Emerson College credits: Mercutio Troupe's All Night: A Party in the Suburbs (Lighting Designer) and I'm Going to Kill You Jimmy Fallon (Lighting Designer); Musical Theatre Society's Big Fish: The Musical (Lighting Designer); and The 40th Annual EVVY Awards (Co-Lighting Designer). A special thanks to Talia for being the best Co anyone could ask for! Many thanks to her family and friends for their endless support.
TALIA ELISE, BFA '22 Theatre Design/Technology
Emerson Stage credits: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Lighting Designer), Amanuensis, or The Miltons (Lighting Designer), Stupid F##king Bird (Production Electrician), The Devil On Your Shoulder (Assistant Lighting Designer), Flora and Ulysses (Assistant Lighting Designer), Love and Information (Assistant Production Electrician), and Urinetown (Assistant Lighting Designer). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society’s American Idiot (Lighting Designer); RareWorks Theatre Company’s GUYS (Lighting Designer); and National Broadcasting Society’s Musicians Wanted: Featuring Lick Neon (Co-Lighting Designer). Thanks to Scott for his guidance, my family for their support, and Grace for being a wonderful collaborator/friend. taliaeliselighting.com
Selected credits: Antigone (Cleveland Play House); Cullud Wattah/The Loophole (The Public Theater); Holmes & Watson Apt. 2B (KCRep); Terminus (New York Theatre Workshop); Grounded/Hurricane Diane/Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Dobama Theatre); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (ACT of CT); Stranger Sings! (Off-Broadway); Inanimate (The Flea Theater); The Last Match (B Street Theatre); Roan @ the Gates (Luna Stage); The Color Purple (Theatre Horizon). Associate Designer: Flying Over Sunset by James Lapine (Lincoln Center Theater, Broadway); for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (The Public Theater); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (KCRep).
SOPHIE KLOKINIS, BFA '22 Stage and Production Management
Emerson Stage credits: Corduroy (Stage Manager), Marie Antoinette (Company Manager), Baltimore (Company Manager), The Late Wedding (Production Supervisor), Interior of the Artist Without Her Sister (Production Supervisor), Mad Moon (Production Assistant), Squeaky Fromme Love Song (Assistant Company Manager), Augusta and Noble (Assistant Production Supervisor). Other credits: Huntington Theatre Company’s Sweat (Production Assistant) and Hurricane Diane (Sub Production Assistant); Pennsylvania Shakespeare Company’s Crazy For You (Carpentry and Deck); Full Fathom’s Almost, Maine (Stage Manager), and EVVY38 (Assistant Stage Manager). Boundless love and gratitude to every human being that touched this wonderful show. To Carter, Elise, Alayna, and Ethan, to Greta, to Deb, to my family, and to Bubby.
(in alphabetical order)
ROBERTA ALAMAN (she/her/hers)—Jack’s Mother
BFA '22 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Stupid F##king Bird (Emma), This Golden Day (Ensemble Member), and Next to Normal (Diana). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society’s Heathers: the Musical (Heather Duke) and Emerson Fights AIDS Cabaret. Thanks to Jon and Scott for this opportunity; to my two sets of parents (Mama, Papa, Cris, and Ale) for always supporting me and to my best friends and colleagues, our cast, and production team.
LUCAS BABCOCK (he/him/his)—Swing, Narrator/Mysterious Man
BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: The Late Wedding (Narrator/Ensemble), Interior of the Artist Without Her Sister (Thoby/Paul), and Corduroy (Corduroy). Emerson College credit: Kidding Around's Frog and Toad (Toad). Other credit: Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts' A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Marcus Lycus). Member of Emerson College's Noteworthy A Capella Group. Thanks to family, friends, and professors for all the support and love.
JONAH BARRICKLO—Swing, Princes/Wolf
BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Father/Old Man). Emerson College credit: Musical Theatre Society’s Ordinary Days (Featured Dancer). Some of his favorite credits include the online concert premiere of Sticks and Stones and Generation Wrecks, a new film featured at Dances With Films LA 2021. He owes everything to his friends and family for their love and support.
OLIVIA BODLEY (she/her/hers)—Cinderella
BFA '22 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Beatrix). Emerson College credit: Musical Theatre Society’s Little Women (Beth). Regional credits: Jean’s Playhouse’s Titanic (Madeleine Astor) and Cinderella (Ensemble). Thankful for all of my wonderful family and friends for their continued support and love.
NAJA NICOLE BROWN (she/her/hers)—Stepsister Florinda
BFA '23 Musical Theatre.
We wish to acknowledge Naja's great, hard work on this production. Unfortunately, she had to leave our cast this week through no fault of her own. The role of Stepsister Florinda will be played in this production by her understudy, Isabelle Wisdom.
Emerson Stage credits: Baltimore (Alyssa) and This Golden Day (Understudy). Emerson College credits: Kidding Around’s 13! the Musical (Cassie) and Musical Theatre Society’s Cabaret of Color (Director/Performer). Thanks to Mom & Shani, and sending love to all of my family back in Florida.
JAKE COLLINS (he/him/his)—Baker
BFA '22 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Spring Awakening (Moritz), This Golden Day (Ensemble), and 10 Out of 12 (E2). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society's Little Women (Laurie) and Kidding Around's The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (Stanley Lambchop). Regional credits: New Light Theatre's Next to Normal (Gabe Goodman) and Dogfight (Bernstein). Thank you to the MT Class of 2022 for giving him an incredible studio environment, Sophie for being an emotional rock, and his family for lovingly supporting him.
DENNIS DIZON (he/him/his)—Jack
BFA '22 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Next to Normal (Doctor), Spring Awakening (Otto/Dance Captain), The Last Day of Judas Iscariot (Bailiff), Spring Awakening (Understudy, Moritz), and This Golden Day (Male Understudy). Emerson College credits: Children of Eden (Cain), Emerson Dance Company (Choreographer), Emerson Urban Dance Theatre (Tap/HipHop Companies), and Cabaret of Color 2018–2019. Thanks to Scott and Jon, family and friends, and the MT class of 2022. IG: @dennisdzon. DennisDizon.com
CEDRICK EKRA (he/him/his)—Rapunzel's Prince
BFA '22 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Stupid F##king Bird (Trigorin), This Golden Day (Wesley), Spring Awakening (Melchior), Marie Antoinette (Axel), and Next to Normal (Dan). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society's Next to Normal (Doctor Madden/Fine) and Children of Eden (Father). Regional credits: Playhouse on Park's Scottsboro Boys (Clarence); and Jean's Playhouse's Evita (Magaldi) and Clue: The Musical (Professor Plum). Huge thank you to Scott, Jon, Amelia, Nicole, and Sariva for four years of insurmountable support. Bisou mama. @cedrickekra
MARCO GIACONA—Swing, Jack/Cinderella’s Father/Steward
BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Spring Awakening (Understudy, Melchior/Male Swing) and This Golden Day (Understudy). Emerson College credit: Musical Theatre Society’s Big Fish (Will Bloom). Special thanks to Mom, Dad, Mass, and Sabri for all your constant support.
ISABEL GINSBERG (she/her/hers)—Stepmother
BFA '22 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: This Golden Day (Understudy), Spring Awakening (Ilse), and Next to Normal (Natalie). Emerson College credits: Kidding Around's 13! the Musical (Lucy) and All Grown Up Cabaret; Musical Theatre Society's Big Fish (Sandra) and Little Women (Marmee). Other credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena) and Rent (Maureen). Much love to family, friends, and all of MT ‘22. isabelginsberg.com
EMERSON HART (he/him/his)—Cinderella’s Father/Understudy, Baker
BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Spring Awakening (Understudy, Moritz/Male Swing) and Next to Normal (Understudy, Gabe/Henry). Emerson College credit : Musical Theatre Society’s La Cage Aux Folles (Georges). Emerson feels obligated to thank his parents for their lasting impact on his life.
HAWA KAMARA (she/her/hers)—Cinderella's Mother/Grandmother/Understudy, Witch
BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Men on Boats (Bradley), Spring Awakening (Martha), The Late Wedding (Ensemble), and Next to Normal (Understudy, Diana). Thanks to my friends and family for all the support.
ELLIANA KARRIS (she/ her)—Giant/Swing, Cinderella's Mother/Stepmother/Grandmother
BFA '24 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage debut! Emerson College credits: Emerson Dance Company and The EVVYs. Other film and theatre credits: Joe Lujan's Rust 3 (Maddie) and Signature Productions' Footloose (Wendy Jo) and Oliver! (Dance Captain). Thanks to friends, family, and mentors for being there every step of the way.
EMILY KILBOURNE (she/her/hers)—Swing, Little Red/Rapunzel
BFA '23 Musical Theater. Emerson Stage debut! Emerson College credits: Musical Theater Society's American Idiot (Alysha/Ensemble/Dance Captain). Thanks to mom, dad, Jack, and all of my dearest friends for all of their support.
KARLEY KRICKMIER (she/her/hers) — Understudy, Baker’s Wife/Snow White/Ensemble
BFA '23 Musical Theater. Emerson Stage debut! Special thanks to the cast and crew and especially her Mom, Peter, and Dad for always being there to support her.
ANTHONY LAFORNARA (he/him/his)—The Wolf/Cinderella's Prince
BFA '22 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Next to Normal (Understudy, Dan/Doctor, Choreographer) and Spring Awakening (Assistant Director/Assistant Music Director). Emerson College credits: Big Fish (Director/Choreographer), Little Women (Professor Bhaer), Children of Eden (Japheth), American Idiot (Choreographer/Assistant Director), and Tavern Song (Props Designer). Thank you to the wonderful cast and crew of this production for making my last Emerson show a great one.
BRENDAN MASSAR (he/they)—The Steward
BFA '22 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Good Breeding (Zeus), This Golden Day (Derrick), Spring Awakening (Adult Men), and As You Like It (Swing). Emerson College credits: American Idiot (Director), Children of Eden (Adam/Noah), First Date (Gabe), and Heathers (JD). Other favorite stage credits: Les Miserables, Newsies, West Side Story (Tony), and Blood Brothers (Mickey). Brendan is thrilled to be working with such a wonderful group of people. He would like to thank his friends and family for their love and support.
MORGAN MCMILLIN (she/her/hers)—Stepsister Lucinda
BFA '23 Musical Theater. Emerson Stage debut! Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society’s Ordinary Days (Deb and Claire Swing) and La Cage Aux Folles (Choreographer); and Musical Theatre Against the Grain’s Rock Of Ages (Co-Choreographer). Thanks to Liv Tighe for being the bestest ever rock and shoulder to sob on. I love my mom, dad, brother, and my dumb dog, Hadley.
ZOEY SCHORSCH (she/hers)—Witch
BFA '22 Musical Theatre. Thank you to my family and friends for supporting me during my journey at Emerson, and an even bigger thanks to my teachers and colleagues for making me the performer and person I am today. Special love to Scott LaFeber; thank you for being my mentor and guide throughout my time here and hopefully beyond. @zschorsch
ELLA SHAW (she/her/hers)—Rapunzel
BFA '22 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: Spring Awakening (Choreographer). Emerson College credits: Emerson Urban Dance Theatre: Fables; Emerson Dance Company: Momentum; and Children of Eden (Eve/Mama). BIG thanks to family, friends. And Gary Durham of course. Instagram: @ellacmshaw
BEATRICE STEUER (she/her/hers)—Baker's Wife
BFA '22 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credit: Spring Awakening (Female Swing/Wendla Understudy). Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society's Emerson Fights AIDS Cabaret (Vocalist); and And Many More: a Cabaret (Vocalist). Other credits: Berridge Conservatory's Twelfth Night (Olivia) and As You Like It (Phebe). Thanks to family, the cast, and Musical Theatre Class of '22. beatricesteuer.com
AMANDA VAZQUEZ (she/her/hers)—Little Red
BFA '22 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: 10 Out of 12 (Siget), This Golden Day (Ensemble), and Everybody (Somebody). Emerson College theatre credits: Musical Theatre Society’s Heathers (Ms. Fleming), Little Women (Amy March), and Big Fish (The Witch); and the Halfway There Cabaret (2020). Other credits: Wild Theatre Company’s Don’t Fear the Rain (Inti) and Alice in Wonderland (Alice); Area Stage Company’s A Chorus Line (Morales) and In the Heights (Carla); and International Lyric Academy’s The World Goes Round (Vocalist). Thanks to her parents, family, friends, Luke, Jade and Moose, this talented cast and crew, the Senior MTs, Scott and Jon, God, and her cats.
ANANIA WILLIAMS—Narrator/Mysterious Man
BFA '22 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage credits: Flora, The Red Menace (Willy) and Spring Awakening (Hanschen). Regional credits: Moline Black Box Theatre’s Next to Normal (Henry) and Netflix Feature’s Don't Look Up (Featured Extra). To my class, professors, siblings, and supporters—thank you from the bottom of my heart.
ISABELLE WISDOM (she/her/hers)—Swing, Lucinda/Florinda
BFA '23 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage debut! Emerson College credits: Musical Theatre Society’s Big Fish (Female Swing/Ensemble) and American Idiot (Ensemble). Other credits: Throughly Modern Millie (Millie). Thank you to my wonderful suitemates and family for the support!
ZEHAVA YOUNGER (she/her/hers) — Sleeping Beauty/Swing, Cinderella/Jack's Mother
BFA '22 Musical Theatre. Emerson Stage debut! Emerson College credit: Musical Theatre Society’s Big Fish (Josephine). Regional credits: four seasons North Shore Music Theatre’s A Christmas Carol (Teen Caroler, Fan, Want); Boston Center for the Arts’ The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank, Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress). Thanks to everyone who made this show possible! zehavayounger.com
Piano/Musical Director JONATHAN GOLDBERG
Synth/Assistant Musical Director MAXWELL CONNOR
Piccolo/Flute JACQUELINE DEVOE
Clarinet LOUIS TOTH
Bassoon SALLY MERRIMAN
Horn 1 MICHAEL BELLOFATTO
Horn 2 EMMA STAUDACHER
Trumpet DAVID BURDETT
Percussion DOUGLAS LIPPINCOTT
Violin 1 LISA BROOKE
Violin 2 CLARA KEBABIAN
Viola 1 NORALEE WALKER
Viola 2 JENNIFER SHALLENBERGER
Cello CAMERON SWAZIN
Bass KATE FOSS
Artistic and Production Staff
Assistant Director EMMA GOLDMAN
Assistant Music Director MAXWELL CONNOR
Assistant Scenic Designer JOE BUCKON
2nd Assistant Scenic Designer EVONNE JOHNSON
Paint Charge JULIA WONKKA
Assistant Props Lead MARIEL RICHARDSON
Assistant Props Lead ALEX TAWID DI MAGGIO
Assistant Costume Designer TRIXIE WARD
2nd Assistant Costume Designer ARIANA DOOKHRAN
Wardrobe Supervisor DOM LETTERII
Wardrobe Assistant AMAYA GONZALEZ-MOLLMANN
Wig Designer RACHEL PADULA-SHUFELT
Wigs Supervisor EMILY DAMRON
Wig Dresser AVA SCANLON
Wig Dresser ATHENA PARKMAN
Wig Dresser OLIVIA MILLER
Production Electrician CALLIE MOOS
Lead Electrician NARISSA KELLIHER
Assistant Lead Electrician OLIVER HAWKE
Assistant Lead Electrician DYLAN NORRIS
Assistant Sound Designer KAI BOHLMAN
Production Sound Engineer MADDIE HANLEY
Assistant Production Sound Engineer JO WILLIAMS
Mix Engineer JULIE BEAULIEU
A2 SARAH MILLER
A2 JUANMA SUAREZ
Assistant Projections Designer AMELIA LASAINE
Projection Technician ELIZABETH GOVE
Assistant Projection Technician SHELBY MARSH
Assistant Projection Technician DANIEL WOZNIAK
Assistant Projection Technician HENRY KACIK
Projection Programmer MIKAYLA BROWN
Production Carpenter HARLEY NOVY
Automation Technician CASPER APODACA
Fly Operator DAVIS KRANCHALK
Fly Operator DYLAN NORRIS
Assistant Stage Manager CARTER WHITE
2nd Assistant Stage Manager ELISE TUCKWOOD
Production Assistant ALAYNA DOMBOSKI
Production Assistant ETHAN WEST
Production Supervisor MAIA TIVONY
Associate Production Supervisor ANTHONY FEOLA
Assistant Production Supervisor AMIRA ALLAWI
Company Manager LEE FORREST
Assistant Company Manager OLIVIA TIGHE
REGINA ASHLEY, CARTER BEAUDETTE, SOPHIE BEERS-ARTHUR, JAMES BROOKS, PHOEBE CHAPLIN, GRETA COSTA, ASA DUPRAS, KARLI FISHER, CARINA HIGGINS, SIYI HUANG, MARINA MERLOS, AFTON MYERS, JENNIFER NAAR, RUBY PAPAVASSILIU, ERICH PHELPS, LENA SCHMITT, NICOLE SMITH, CONNOR SPRING, ALEXANDER TOTI, COLIN WELTER, JACK WHITLOW, EVA WINDLER
Emerson Stage Staff
Artistic Director—Annie G. Levy
General Manager—David Colfer
Production Manager—Timothey 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 Carpenter—Sam Kisthardt
Scenic Painter—Joe Keener
Sound Technician—Steven Deptula
Assistant General Manager—Alix Bigley
Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor—Brian Choinski
Assistant Properties Manager—Lauren Corcuera
Stage and Production Management—Debra A. Acquavella
Scenic Design—Luciana Stecconi
Scenic Painting—Joe Keener
Costume Design—Chelsea Kerl
Lighting Design—Scott Pinkney
Sound Design—Elizabeth Cahill
Emerson Stage Office Assistants— Shannon Horsey, Alex Tawid Di Maggio, Jake Tolentino, Esther Chilson, Karli Fisher, Carly Mentis, Samantha Duggan
Production Management Assistants—Carleigh Allen, Anthony Feola, Olivia Tighe
Videographers—Benjamin Bernard and Jacqueline Thom
Scene Shop Staff— Casper Apodaca, Jonah Barricklo, Sean Dougherty, Marco Giacona, Emerson Hart, Sam Kisthardt, Davis Kranchalk, Baz Kouba, Dylan Norris, Mercedes Suarez, Josephine Wolfe
Scenic Artists/Painters—Elizabeth Fuire, Sofia Goldfarb, Sophie Hartstein, Yue Hua, Jennifer Naar, Ayaana Nayak, Fernando Rueda, David Staats, Garrett Trae
Paint Shop Assistant—Leah Heath
Stitchers— Tayla Dixon, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Amaya Gonzalez-Mollmann, Caitlin Johnson, Lorence Jones-Perpich, Dom Letterii, Greta Morgan, Amaris Rios, Ava-Sofia Settoon, Munroe Shearer, Molly Shaughnessy, Beatrice Ward
Costume Shop Office Assistant—Zhiyan Jin
Laundry Assistants—Aleah Bloom and Angelina Parillo
Stock Attendants—Lucile Lyon and Megan Decker