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Original Broadway Production By

Heidi Landesman

Rocco Landesman

Rick Steiner

M. Anthony Fisher

Frederic H. Mayerson

Jujamcyn Theatres

Originally Produced By The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA

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ACT I:
Prologue: Into The Woods
Cinderella At The Grave
Hello, Little Girl
I Guess This Is Goodbye/Maybe They're Magic
I Know Things Now
A Very Nice Prince/First Midnight
Giants In The Sky
Agony
It Takes Two
Stay With Me
On The Steps Of The Palace
Ever After


ACT II:
Prologue: So Happy
Agony (Reprise)
Lament
Any Moment/Moments In The Woods
Your Fault/Last Midnight
No More
No One Is Alone
Finale: Children Will Listen


 

Cast List

Brayden Hade - Narrator/Mysterious Man
Liana Rose - Witch
Nathanael O'Neal - Baker
Madison Stirrett - Baker's Wife
Lilli Babb - Cinderella

Abby Espiritu - Little Red Riding Hood
Nolan Monsibay - Jack
Kate Clarke - Jack's Mother
Samantha Tilley - Milky White
Mikki Pagdonsolan - Granny/Rapunzel
Kelby Thwaits - Cinderella's Prince/Wolf
Darius Marquis Johnson - Rapunzel's Prince
Chess MacElvaine - Steward
Rachel Franke - Stepmother
Renee Cohen - Lucinda
Faith Berrigan - Florinda

Who's Who Cast

Brayden Hade (Narrator/Mysterious Man) has been previously at Nocturne in Madame Scrooge, on the Los Angeles stage in Mamma Mia! (Five Star Productions), The Last Five Years (Cupcake Theatre), Sex Anyone. (Hollywood Fringe Festival), Company (The Morgan-Wixon), The Best Of Broadway (VOPA,) and many other productions.  Brayden is the founder of “TheatreSourceLA.”

Liana Rose Veratudela (The Witch, she/they) is thrilled to be making their Nocturne Theatre debut! She is a California-grown Mexican-Peruvian artist who graduated from UC Irvine with her BFA in Music Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include Cakehead/Cristina in The Refugee Hotel, Paulina in A Winter’s Tale (Sontag Greek Theatre), and Carla in In The Heights (Lewis Family Playhouse). She has many other art forms including 2D animation and painting. When she’s not on stage you can find her playing Zelda or watching Bob’s Burgers. She would like to thank the team at Nocturne for giving her this opportunity. She sings for her beloved familia. lianarose.net @lianacat 

Nathanael O’Neal (The Baker, he/him) is a recent LA transplant, having moved from the Lone Star state where he got his degree from Texas State and started a theatre company (Broke Thespian’s Theatre). This is his first show with the Nocturne and he couldn’t be more excited to bring one of his favorite roles to life! Some of his favorite roles include Prince Eric (The Little Mermaid), Cowardly Lion (Wizard of Oz), and Georg Nowack (She Loves Me). If you want to see more of Nathanael, catch him on his socials: @ohnoneal!

Madison Stirrett (The Baker's Wife) is over the moon (and through the woods) debuting her dream role as “The Baker’s Wife” in Into the Woods. Other credits include “Sarah the Librarian” in The Toxic Avenger and “Woman 2” in Songs for a New World. When Madison is not eating Hot Cheetos, she is singing pop and jazz at retirement homes, restaurants and weddings! She would like to thank her friends and family for their constant love and support.

Lilli Babb (Cinderella) Off-Broadway: The Office! A Musical Parody as Pam Beesly. Other credits: Daddy Long Legs (CPT), Harvey, Beauty and the Beast (Saint Vincent Summer Theatre), Suds the Rocking 60’s Musical Soap Opera (Cortland Repertory Theatre), The Little Mermaid, James and the Giant Peach, Footloose (Encore at Point), Hello! My Baby (Rubicon/Lobero Theatres), Rubicon Family Christmas, A Christmas Carol, South Pacific (Rubicon Theatre), American Girl Revue (American Girl Theatre). Film/Television: “A Cinderella Story” (Warner Bros Pictures), “Six Feet Under” and “Carnival” (HBO), “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix). Lilli is also a member of The Laurel Canyon Band. Graduate of Rider University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. lillibabb.com

Abby Espiritu (Little Red Riding Hood) (she/her) first saw Into the Woods when she was seven years old and has dreamed of playing Little Red since then. Twenty years later, she’s ECSTATIC that her dream has come true! Abby is a Filipina-American actor who recently moved from New Jersey to California. Select credits include - Theatre: A Chorus Line (Connie), …Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), Take the Lead - Equity Reading (Styx [Originated Role]). Film: Barbie, The First Slam Dunk. TV: Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS, Hamster & Gretel, Pokémon. Video Games: Genshin Impact, Aether Gazer, NIKKE. Brown University Graduate. Website: abbyespiritu.com. Instagram/Twitter/Twitch: @missabbyespirit

Nolan Monsibay (Jack, Music Director) is thrilled to have worked on this production of Into the Woods in the role of Jack and as the Musical Director. Nolan is a voice actor and performer with an extensive background in jazz, musical theatre, and improv comedy. When he isn't performing, he can often be found taking long naps with his dogs or immersing himself in a video games. You can find more at NolanMonsibay.com! 

Kate Clarke (Jack's Mother) is thrilled to be back on the Nocturne stage! Kate Clarke is a classically trained soprano and earned her Bachelor of Music in 2015 from the University of California’s Thornton School of Music and works primarily as a voice actor in Los Angeles. You can hear her work in Undead Unluck, Genshin Impact, and more to come. Some of Kate’s favorite stage credits include: Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Cabaret (Fraulein Kost), Hippolyte et Aricie (Cupid), The Miracle Worker (Annie Sullivan), Chocolate Cake (Annemarie), and The Foreigner (Betty).

Sam Tilley (Milky White/Giant) is a recent LA transplant from Westchester, NY. She studied dance at the University at Buffalo and graduated in 2022. After graduating, she performed in an excerpt of Nocturnas with the Edgar Cortes Dance Theatre. Since arriving in LA, she has performed in Haunted Soiree (The Nocturne Theatre) and Madame Scrooge (The Nocturne Theatre). Into the Woods is her favorite musical and she is very excited to be a part of this production. Sam is so grateful for the amazing people that she has met so far working with Meyer2Meyer Entertainment and is excited to see what is next!

Mikki Pagdonsolan (Granny/Rapunzel) is delighted to be performing in her first Nocturne Theatre production! A graduate from CSUF’s Vocal Performance program, she is classically trained and continues to teach voice and perform throughout Southern California. Her most recent show was The Sound of Music with Musical Theatre West, but some of her favorite memories include touring in Europe, singing at the Hollywood Bowl, Les Miserables (Eponine), Miss Saigon (Gigi), Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Queen of the Night), and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia). Mikki would like to thank her loved ones for their support and God for His blessings! @mikkipags

Kelby Thwaits (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf) got his start as an actor and musician in plays, musicals, chamber orchestras and rock bands while working as a camera operator for a local TV station in Tucson, AZ. Stage credits include starring roles in Jekyll & Hyde, Camelot, The Rainmaker, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Scarlet Pimpernel, South Pacific, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He is the Director of MSMU LA’s innovative Graduate programs in Film and Media. www.msmu.edu/film  His latest film, ‘A Curious Woman’ won Best Experimental Film at the Paris International and San Diego International Film Festivals. imdb.me/kelby  Love to Angela, Ethan, Emily, Maddy, Greta and Minnie!

Stay away from the Big, Bad Wolf and enjoy the show!!

Darius Marquis Johnson (Rapunzel's Prince) Some know him as "Hilarious Darius" and he is in fact a certified Fool! His love for the stage began at a young age in Philadelphia. He now holds an MFA in Performing Arts and begun exploring the world of voiceover too. He is the English voice of Sanosuke Sagara in anime Rurouni Kenshin, worked on Blizzard's Diablo IV, and voices Barkimedes in Nickelodeon's Monster High, and if you just simply watch Nickelodeon, you can easily hear him as he one of the Promo Voices for the network! He does it all for his nieces and nephew, the real stars!

 

Chess MacElvaine (Steward, They/Them) is excited to be returning to The Nocturne’s stage! As a multidisciplinary creator, Chess has been performing professionally on stage and in immersive experiences for the last eight years. Previously, Chess has been seen in Airness (Astrid), Count Yourself Among the Lucky (Dallas), and Panto Cinderella (The Ghost), at Stages Theatre, The Cake (Jen) at Grackle & Grackle, and in immersive works such as Sleep No More (Swing), The Department of Wonder (Swing), and Meyer2Meyer’s Haunted Soiree (Dorothy, Aoife). They would love to celebrate and thank their friends and partners for their unending support and love.

 

Rachel Franke (Stepmother) is stoked to be heading into the woods at the Nocturne Theatre! Originally from Montana, she holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Arizona and was recently seen as Elle Scrooge in the Nocturne’s production of Madame Scrooge: A Christmas Carol Musical. Past regional credits include ‘Mrs. Wormwood’ (Matilda), ‘Rita’ (White Christmas), ‘Sour Kangaroo’ (Seussical), and ‘Joan’ (Dames at Sea) at Fort Peck Summer Theatre. Rachel would like to thank her extensive support system for always making her dreams possible. Enjoy the show!
 

Renee Cohen (Lucinda) is thrilled to back at Nocturne after her debut as Char Woman in Madame Scrooge! Credits include Rent (Maureen), Legally Blonde (Paulette), Peter Pan (Peter), American Psycho (Evelyn), Assassins (Guiteau), Merrily We Roll Along (Gussie), Next to Normal (Dr Fine/Madden), American Idiot (Whatsername), JCS (Mary), Shrek (Dragon), Cabaret (Emcee), Pippin (Leading Player), Hedwig and The Angry Inch (Yitzhak). Last Oct, Renee starred as Winifred Sanderson in Sistahs! A Hocus Pocus Parody in Las Vegas. TV/Film credits include Freaks and Geeks and The Nanny. Up next: Jesus Christ Superstar as Judas with Out of the Box Theatre! IG: @reneesings TikTok: @naynayrc

Faith Berrigan (Florinda, u/s Cinderella/Rapunzel) is from Houston, Texas and is so happy to have found a home here in the greater LA area at The Nocturne. She was previously in Madame Scrooge (Christmas Past) and is excited for Jekyll and Hyde in the very near future. Faith also dabbles in the comedy scene. She would like to thank these communities for being so uplifting.

Production Crew

Director: Justin Meyer

Music Director: Nolan Monsibay

Choreographer: Melissa Meyer

Creature and Costume Designer: Tanya Cyr

Scenic Designer: Jay Michael Roberts

Lighting Designer: Eric Marsh

Sound Engineer: Matt Merline

Assistant Choreographer: Micahlis Schinas

Stage Manager: Micah Delhauer

Scenic Builder: Seth Logan

Meyer2Meyer GM: Randi Stuart

Nocturne Theatre Technician: Kyle Sword

Meyer2Meyer Assistant Producer: Michaela Sword

Wardrobe Assistant: Gavin Dietz

Special FX Assistant: Sydney Swayer

Assistant Scenic Team: Rachel Franke, Chess MacElvaine, Joe Salling, David French

Who's Who Crew

Melissa Meyer (Choreographer) has been working with her husband Justin for the past few years to establish and manage their immersive theatrical company, Meyer2Meyer Entertainment. Together, they have had the privilege of working on immersive projects for big names such as Fortnite, Amazon, Netflix, Warner Brothers, and their own shows House of Spirits, Kaleidoscope Experience, and the Bite LA. Before her current role, Melissa was a professional dancer and performed for various regional theatres and cruise ships. She is excited to take a break from her laptop and miles of spreadsheets to pull out her dancing shoes and help bring this musical to life!

 

Tanya Cyr (Creature/Costume Designer) studied under various designers before landing at Meyer2Meyer Entertainment, at the company's inception.  She works year round on all their shows, designing everything from Creature Suits to Costumes.  She is originally from Santa Barbara and wishes to thank her family and friends for their constant support of her artistic adventures!


Jay Michael Roberts (Scenic Designer) grew up in NW Montana, has a degree in architecture and is completing an MFA Scenic Design at the University of Montana. Shout out to Fort Peck, where he’s spent over a decade running the scene shop, and performing. Special thanks to Andy Meyers for his constant support and to Justin and Melissa for including him in this rockstar project.

Eric Marsh (Lighting Designer) is very excited to be back in California designing lights. He grew up in Torrance but now lives in Houston, Texas.  Eric has an MFA in Lighting Design from Western Illinois University. Eric is a Professor of Theatre at Sam Houston State University for the past 18 years. Some of his favorite shows are American Idiot, Rent, Sweeney Todd and Murder on the Orient Express.  Eric’s designs have been seen all over the United States.  Eric would like to dedicate this production to a very special woman in my life. Thank you Mechelle for everything you do and for supporting me in my little adventures. 

 

Matt Merline (Sound Designer)

 

Micah Delhauer (Stage Manager) is a local playwright and filmmaker. He is a graduate of the Los Angeles Film School, and a winner of the Best Feature Screenplay award from Screamfest. He has written multiple stage mysteries, and is currently in post-production for his first feature film, Blood Magick. Website: micahdelhauer.com  Instagram: @bloodmagickthemovie

 

Seth Logan (Scenic Builder) is thrilled to be at it again for The Nocturne Theatre.  Recently, he made his scenic debut with the Nocturne Theatre’s production of Madame Scrooge. Born right here in Glendale, he relocated to Colorado at a young age and found joy in the outdoors as an avid hiker and snowboarder. Seth bartends and cooks professionally and has previously worked with Meyer2Meyer at Haunted Soiree in New York City. Seth would like to thank those who have loved him into being: his family, his friends and his teachers.

 

Kyle Sword (Nocturne Theatre Technician) is from Valencia, CA.  He is a retired Deputy and married father of three awesome kids.  He met the Meyer’s while working with them at The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride and has been working for Meyer2Meyer Entertainment as Head Technician since 2016, working on The Bite LA, House of Spirits, Haunted Soiree, Madame Scrooge and many other projects.

Author's Bios

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), SWEENEY 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.

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.

Director's Note

A Note From The DIRECTOR, 

Justin Patrick Meyer

 

The first time I ever experienced Into The Woods was when I was 16 years old, attending a theatre summer camp in Steamboat Springs, CO.  I had the honor of playing The Wolf and Rapunzel's Prince.

It was also a very unique experience for me, as it was the first time I had ever done a show in the Theatre-In-The-Round style! The foundations of any performance done in-the-round gives the audience and performers an instant connection--one that is felt far more visceral than proscenium shows.  The show becomes fully immersive and even at times, interactive.  That production of Into The Woods I did all those years ago left a very lasting impression on me, and that's why we have chosen it to launch our very first Musical Season at The Nocturne Theatre.  So, after all these years, here we go again, into the woods and in-the-round!

I am lucky to have the chance to work alongside my wife, Melissa Meyer, whose level of genius is unparalleled.  I always say that she is the engine on the bus, the steering wheel, the frame and I…am the yellow.  Without her, nothing in my world happens.  All my love to her.

Speaking of 'genius’, of whom I surround myself, I want to give special recognition to Tanya Cyr, whose creature and costume designs give Meyer2Meyer Entertainment its distinct and original look.  We are blessed to have such a creative force on our team.    

I want to thank Nolan Monsibay, Jay Michael Roberts, Eric Marsh and Matt Merline for taking on such a monumental task with such a small window of time to conquer it.  I couldn’t be happier with the look and sound of this production.  You have been a joy to work alongside.  Here’s to many more!

 

Finally, to my amazing Cast.  Without you, there is no show! It has been an honor and privilege to direct you..and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

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