Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JAMES LAPINE
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. With a Tony Award-winning book and score Into the Woods follows the the story of 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 that change to course of events as we know them. Everyone's wish may be granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them with disastrous results.
Directed by Brian McDonald
Musical Direction by JP Douglas
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes including intermission
Regular Performances: August 16 and 17 at 7:00 p.m. / August 17 and 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $15 Seniors and Kids 12 and Under / $20 for Adults
Tickets purchased at the door on the day of the performance are subject to a $5 increase per ticket.
Open Dress Rehearsal: Thursday August 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Ensemble Theatre Company is offering free tickets to the final dress rehearsal for Into the Woods for families who would not otherwise be able to afford tickets to the show. If you are interested in attending or know of a family who would enjoy seeing the production please fill out the online ticket request form. The production will begin at 7:00 p.m. promptly. Those who have reserved tickets for this event will need to check in with the box office upon arrival. Reservations not picked up by 6:45 will be released to the public.
Reserve Tickets for the dress rehearsal.
PHOEBE APPEL (Florinda/Granny) is so excited for her first show with Ensemble Theatre Company! Phoebe is going to be a senior this Fall at Dos Pueblos High School and has lived in Santa Barbara all her life. She has fallen more and more in love with theatre ever since she played young Perdita in her dad’s production of A Winter’s Taleat UCSB when she was seven years old. Phoebe has taken voice lessons for almost four years with Sharlae Jenkins who has helped her improve immensely. Previously this year, Phoebe got to write, direct, and perform in a student run production called Holiday Packagealongside one of her best friends where Phoebe’s love for making people laugh grew even more. Phoebe plans on continuing acting and directing in college. Her ideal career path would be producing, writing, and starring in her own comedy show like SNL. Some of Phoebe’s favorite roles and shows she’s been in include: Buttons in Newsies, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Fräulein Kost in Cabaretand a Jet guy in West Side Story. She’s so excited for you to experience this magical show!
CASSIDY BRODERICK (Little Red) is excited to be making her Ensemble debut. Cassidy is in 8th grade at Marymount School and recently moved to Santa Barbara from Kansas City where she was also active in musical theater and dance. Cassidy has studied Ballet, Jazz and Tap since the age of five and currently studies with Gustafson School of Dance. Cassidy has performed in several musicals, including Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, JoJo in Suessical the Musicalat Marymount and most recently as Matilda in Matilda the Musicalwith Santa Barbara School of Performing Arts.
STEPHANIE BROWN (Baker’s Wife) is over the moon to be making her, far from home, Ensemble Theatre Company stage debut. Stephanie currently lives in Crystal Lake, IL and is entering her final year of high school. Stephanie is in the PRHS Madrigals group and has studied dance at Summer’s Dance Academy of The West for four years. This past year she took her performance in The Complete History of America’s Abridged to the Illinois yearly Theater Festival to compete and won 1st place in the comedic division with her fellow cast. Past favorite performances include Winnie in Tuck Everlastingand most recently, Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperoneon the Illinois Encore Academy stage.
BLAKE BRUNDY (Rapunzel's Prince/ Steward) is thrilled to return to Santa Barabara Ensemble's New Vic Theatre. His first appearance at the New Vic was in the High School Musical Theater Awards where he was honored with first place for best High School musical Theatre performance of 2015. That same year he placed second at the national Theatre awards in Hollywood, and first runner up at Santa Barbara Teen Star. He graduated from the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts (PCPA) in 2017 and will graduate from Utah State University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts for Theatre Acting. Along with extensive training in acting, Blake has trained for more than eight years in ballet and other musical theatre styles. He has played numerous roles from the Prince of Aragon in Shakespeare's Merchant of Veniceto Tom Collins in Rent. His next move will be to New York to pursue a career on Broadway and other New York Stages.
CHRIS CARMONA (Cinderella’s Prince/ Wolf) is a Senior at San Marcos High School. You may have seen him in The Theater Group at SBCC’s Productions of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying(Ensemble) and Grease!(Sonny Latierri). Chris has also appeared in numerous San Marcos High School Theater Productions such as: Catch Me If You Can(Dance Captain), Into The Woods(Wolf), And Then There Were None(General Mackenzie), Damn Yankees(Linville), and Almost Maine(Chad/Vocalist). He also has appeared in the 41st, 42nd and 43rd Nutcrackerat the Arlington as the title role and also the 44th as Drosselmeyer.
HENRY CHALLEN (Jack) is very excited to be part of ETC's Youth Actors Conservatory production of Into the Woods. Henry was most recently seen in Out of the Box Theater's April production of Fun Home(John). He has performed with Showstopper's Children's Theater Group in Frozen Jr.(Hans) and Beauty and the Beast Jr(LeFou). He played the role of Ugly in Laguna Blanca School's production of Honk Jr.and Charlie Bucket in Montessori Center School's production of Willy Wonka Jr.When not performing on stage you can find Henry at the beach, the pool, playing tennis and riding in the front car of most any roller coaster.
KAITLYN DIFFENDERFER (Rapunzel) is an incoming 10th grader at Dos Pueblos High School and she is very excited to be in her first production with Ensemble Theatre Company. At a young age, she developed a passion for singing and began performing at local venues. From there, she started to become more involved in musical theater, and has been acting ever since. She has appeared in shows such as Les Miserables(Cosette), Oklahoma!(Laurey), Bye Bye Birdie(Kim), Grease(Sandy) and many more. Kaitlyn is currently a vocal student of Sharlae Jenkins. She is also a member of the local group Teens Sing for Santa Barbara and has performed in many local benefit concerts.
HUNTER HAWKINS (The Witch) just finished her first year at Santa Barbara City College, after graduating early from Alta Vista High School. This upcoming year, she is looking forward to taking a pause in her traditional education in order to experience the multitudes of creation and performance she pursues, through the workforce. Hunter has trained in ballet, jazz, and tap dance for three years and has studied classical and jazz voice for over ten years. She has participated in ten musicals, her most notable productions being The Adderley School’s How to Succeed in Businessas Rosemary, and her first professional production, Out of the Box Theatre’s American Idiot. She competed as a Top 10 finalist in the county-wide vocal competition Teen Star Santa Barbara (2016), then Top 3 finalist (2017), and the following year, she won the Sarah Evelyn Smith Scholarship for acting at SBCC. She wants to use her voice to affect positive change in her community and has begun to do so by performing as a featured vocalist in the Emmy-Winning, televised benefit concert, Teens Sing for Santa Barbara (2018) and One805, alongside artists including Kenny Loggins, Alan Parsons, and Katy Perry. Simultaneously in production for Into the Woods, she has been working on “Celebrating of the Music of Footloose”, performing songs sung by Ariel, a production by The Adderley School, with Kenny Loggins. When not performing theatre, she is teaching it at The Adderley School, singing at various venues in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, acting in local or student films, writing songs, or finding yet another new way to express herself artistically.
McKENNA GEMBERLING (Cinderella) was born and raised in Santa Barbara California and is thrilled to be a part of Ensemble Theatre Company’s production ofInto the Woods. She will be a Junior at San Marcos High School in the Fall, where she will continue to participate in their theatre and choir programs lead by Shannon Saleh and Eleni Pantages. McKenna was a finalist with Joe Lambert’s Teen Star for the 2018 and 2019 season. She also enjoys playing basketball and is a part of the culinary arts program with San Marcos. McKenna’s past performances include Ariel Moore in Stage Lefts Production of Footlooseas well as Paulette Bonafante in Legally Blonde. She has also appeared in San Marcos Productions of Catch Me If You Canas a Dance Corp. and Cinderella’s Mother in Into The Woods. She has done voice overs for local radio stations, sing the National Anthem for the Santa Barbara Polo Felids and Yacht Club and has performed at De La Guerra Plaza for the Fiestas.
BEAU GLAZIER (Cinderella's Mother) is a senior at Laguna Blanca School and loves creative writing, musical theater, visual arts, nature, and goats. Her passion for all things theater was sparked during her sophomore year as an assistant costume designer for Laguna Blanca's fall drama production of Rumors. Now, she immerses herself in both the production side of theatre (costume design and set design) and in the spotlight. She has participated in three productions now including Laguna Blanca's Grease as Sandy, The Games Afootas Martha, and her most recent endeavor, Once Upon a Mattressas Princess Winnifred. She continues to combine her passions for theatre, creative writing, visual arts, and even her love for Earth's furry creatures.
MORGAN P. JOHNSON (Cinderella’s Father/ Voice of the Giant) originates from the mysterious northern lands of Portland Oregon, home of a Nike building and jokes about how many hipster live there. Morgan’s journey through theater with Ensemble has been a relatively short endeavor beginning a mere 3 years ago with an acting class. Morgan enjoys performance and has had numerous on-stage appearances, so many in fact that he can’t even remember what they were or even any specific traits of the performance. Morgan can also breath fire and turn Chanukian’s into wood.
JACOB LAUDERDALE (Narrator/ Mysterious Man) is so excited to be doing his first show at Ensemble Theatre Company. He attends San Marcos High School and is an upcoming Sophomore. Jacob has been doing Musical Theatre for over 2 years now and has been singing for over 4. This past year Jacob was involved in his schools Fall Play, Almost Maineand Catch Me If You Can.
MIRANDA ORTEGA (Lucinda) is delighted to be in her first production with Ensemble Theatre Company. She recently graduated from Santa Barbara High School and will be attending Santa Barbara City College in the Fall where she will be majoring in performing arts and film. Past favorite roles include Allison Vernon Williams in Crybaby, Nina in In the Heights, and Lavender in Matilda.
JACKIE THOMPSON (Stepmother) is excited to be making her Ensemble debut in one of her favorite Sondheim shows. Jackie was born and raised on the Central Coast in Santa Maria. Her passion for theatre started at a very young age. She was actively involved in her high school drama and choir programs and was an avid supporter of her local community theatre for years. In 2016, Jackie was accepted into the professional acting conservatory at PCPA, and then graduated from the program in 2018. After PCPA, she transferred to Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, where she is currently completing her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and will be graduating in the spring of 2020. Her most recent performance was as an ensemble member of Sierra Repertory Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Ozat the Fallon House Theatre in Columbia, CA.
GRACE WENZEL (Jack’s Mother) is a Santa Barbara native. She has been involved with theatre from an early age, having been raised on Golden Age musicals. Grace has been in three shows with the SBHS theatre program: Bullets Over Broadway(Spring 2017), In the Heights(Fall 2018), and Matilda(Spring 2019). She was in Rent (Summer 2017) with Spotlight Productions at Center Stage Theatre. She participated in last year’s edition of the Youth Actors’ Conservatory, as well as this year’s Young Playwrights Festival at ETC. She has performed in two Christmas productions with the Santa Barbara Revels at the Lobero (2017 and 2018). As a younger actor, Grace did shows with the summer theatre program Stage Left for five years; she was in Footloose(2012), The Little Mermaid(2013), Seussical(2014), Bye Bye Birdie(2015), and High School Musical(2016). Outside of theatre, Grace has been taking private singing lessons for about 4 years. She also plays the piano and has been taking lessons for thirteen years. In the fall, Grace will be attending Lewis & Clark College in Portland.
BRIAN MCDONALD (Director) is an award-winning actor, director and educator. He appeared in the National Tours of Miss Saigon and Forever Plaid. Regionally, he appeared on the stages of the Denver Center, Theatre Virginia, The Lyric Stage, La Miranda performing Arts Center, Ensemble Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center and the Ahmanson. As an actor, Brian was honored with many awards, including the Ventura Mayors’ Award for Emerging Artist, LA Weekly’s Best Supporting Actor Award and an Independent Awardfor his most recent performance in the one-man-show, Buyer and Cellar. Brian also directed for various regional theaters including 7 Angels Theatre Company, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Rubicon Theatre Company. For Rubicon, Brian directed the critically acclaimed world premiere of A Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, A Tuna Christmas, The Sunset Limited, Bus Stop (5 Ovation nominations including Best Play), MASTER HAROLD… and the boys (nominated for 3 Ovation awards Including Best Play) and the World Premiere musical, Hello! My Baby, written and conceived by Tony-nominated, Emmy, and Golden Globe winner, Cheri Steinkellner. He also conceived and directed the critically acclaimed holiday musical review, A Rubicon Family Christmas. Brian’s work as a director has earned him an Independent Award and StageScene LA Award for Best Director.
J-P DOUGLAS (Music Director) is a multi-instrumentalist performer, teacher and director. He has played piano, brass and percussion in dozens of pit orchestras in school, summer and professional productions in Santa Barbara and Minnesota. His recent music direction credits include A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Rocky Horror Show, Pirates of Penzance and Big Fish. Outside of theater, J-P is active as an educator teaching music and theater to youth ranging from early childhood to college. He is an experienced musician for dance, having accompanied and performed with St. Paul Ballet, TU Dance, Afoutayi Haitian Dance Company and the dance departments of St. Olaf College and UCSB. He regularly freelances in the Santa Barbara area. J-P holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College.
ELENA CRUZ(Stage Manager) spent two years working for Princess Cruise Lines: effectively combining her passion for theatre with her love of travel. Over the years she has worked a variety of shows doing everything from child wrangling to spot light operator to stage managing. Some of her favorites have been working running crew on The Mystery of Irma Vep, stage managing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, and being stage crew aboard several beautiful ships of the Princess fleet. She has recently had the privilege of working with Los Angeles’ Theatre Works on their audio production of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler.
AMBER ZEPF (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to join the team at Ensemble Theatre Company. Amber is currently studying Theater Arts and Dance at University of California Santa Cruz and will be graduating with a Bachelors in Theater Arts next year. At UCSC, she has done Lighting Design and Stage Management for multiple department and student produced works. She was hired as a Production Assistant for the West Coast premiere of Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw, produced by The Builder’s Association at UCSC. Amber was the Lighting Designer and Stage Manager for the Kids for Kids Benefit Concert at the Rubicon Theatre this past year. She has also worked as the Stage Manager for Greaseand the Assistant Stage Manager for On the Townat Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura.