Into the Woods

INTO THE WOODS is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

Original Broadway production by Heidi Landesman, Rocco Landesman, Rick Steiner, M. Anthony Fisher, Frederic H. Mayerson, and Jujamcyn Theatres.

Originally produced by the Old Globe Theater, San Diego, CA.

Any video and/or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

In compliance with the Healthy Elon protocols, all audience members – regardless of vaccination status – must wear masks in indoor campus spaces. Student artists who have not completed post-quarantine isolation periods are required by the University to wear N95/KN95 masks.

Director’s Notes

I have been hoping to direct Into the Woods since I first heard the original-cast Broadway recording over thirty years ago. At that time, I admired the cleverness of the concept (this was long before Shrek!) and the mind-blowing depth of its wordplay (about the cow, Milky White: “while her withers wither with her” Who in the world dreams up lyrics like that?!?) Sondheim had me hooked since I first saw Sweeney Todd years prior- this cemented the deal. I soon began to learn the breadth and depth of Mr. Stephen Sondheim’s contributions to theatre history. Mr. Sondheim’s recent death saddened us all.  While this production was in planning for months prior to his demise, I hope today that our version of Into the Woods can serve as our modest memorial to his theatrical genius.  There shall never be another.

I recall at the time hearing some critics referencing Into the Woods as a kind of allegory for the AIDS crisis. One who knows the era can easily find references to those times and the struggles so many endured. But I think to link the play to that era exclusively shortchanges its value as a work of art. Could this musical not speak to a nation shaken to its core by the unthinkable attacks of 9/11? Could the “giant” we battle today not be a global pandemic?

Part of the genius of this work lies in its ability to connect to the audience of any era at the human level. This is not a documentary about a baker and his wife- it’s not about health crises or murderous attacks. Into the Woods asks each of us to consider what do we dream and wish; to ponder the joy and folly of our dreams; to ask what do we fear, and what will we do to get what we wish; and how will we handle the reality the next morning?

What is your wish? What giant do you battle?
I wish you all the best on your journey with us this evening.

Fredrick J. Rubeck,
Director

Special Thanks

Dr. Connie Book, Dr. Aswani Volety, Dr. Gabie Smith, Kimberly Rippy

Cast

NarratorGianni Palmarini
CinderellaSkyler Sajewski
JackBrooks Andrew
Jack’s MotherSara LiBrandi
BakerJakov Schwartzberg
Baker’s WifeSujaya Sunkara
Cinderella’s
Stepmother
Kayla Jacobs
FlorindaCamille Fundingsland
LucindaKaylee Hayden
Cinderella’s FatherZion Middleton
Little Red
Ridinghood
Kelly Belarmino
WitchHannah Ellowitz
Cinderella’s
Mother
Taylor Ann Mitchell
Mysterious
Man
Jaron Cole
WolfTimothy Brausch
GrannyKali Clougherty
RapunzelJackie Mate
Rapunzel’s
Prince
Nathan Meyer
Cinderella’s
Prince
Brendan Coulter
StewardAlexander Carnot
GiantAbby Harnum
Snow WhiteGiselle Watts
Sleeping BeautyMicah Day
Mysterious
Man U/S
Gianni Palmarini
Narrator U/SJaron Cole
Giant, Witch U/STaylor Ann Mitchell
Wolf U/SBrendan Coulter
Cinderella’s
Prince U/S
Timothy Brausch
Jack’s Mother,
Stepmother U/S
Kali Clougherty
Cinderella’s Mother U/SAbby Harnum
Little Red
Ridinghood U/S
Giselle Watts
Baker, Jack U/SErik Houck
Cinderella,
Rapunzel, Florinda, Lucinda U/S
Caroline Borio
Rapunzel’s
Prince U/S
Micah Day
Baker’s Wife U/SFaythe Kelly
SwingWeston LeCrone

Creative Team

DirectorFredrick J. Rubeck
Associate DirectorBrian Kremer
Assistant to the DirectorWeston LeCrone
ChoreographerFaythe Kelly
Music DirectorChristopher Rayis
Scenic DesignerCharles G. Johnson
Costume DesignerJack Smith
PuppetsCharles G. Johnson
Sound DesignerSarah Adams
Lighting DesignerBill Webb
Stage ManagerSydney Bell
Asst. Stage ManagersHaley Robles
Kayla Jordan

Production Team

Production
Manager
Bill Webb
Technical DirectorEric Kanzinger
Asst. Technical DirectorJP Mullican
Costume Shop ManagerHeidi Jo Scheimer
Props DirectorNatalie Taylor Hart
Props SupervisorJeff A.R. Jones
Props ArtisansAnna Gullion
Jonathan Jensen
Payton Robinson
John Lee Rudolph
Eduardo Sanchez
Jake Whitman
Scenic ArtistElizabeth Brady
Light Board OpNatalie Wykle
Followspot OpsAubee Billie
Tara Venkataraman
Audio EngineerSarah Adams
Audio 2Brianna Boucher
Sound Board OpAlan Kornbluth
Deck ChiefEric Kanzinger
Deck CrewBryant Howard
Sitare Sadeghi
Fly OperatorCharles Castro
Wardrobe CrewEmily Stober
Delaney Lynch
Front-of-House SupervisorDavid McGraw
House ManagersKeri Anderson
Ella Huestis
Jack Morrill
Poster DesignSydney Dye

Musical Numbers

Act 1

“Prologue: Into the Woods”……Company

“Hello, Little Girl”…….Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood

“I Guess This is Goodbye”…….Jack

“Maybe They’re Magic”…….Baker’s Wife

“Our Little World”…….Witch, Rapunzel

“I Know Things Now”…….Little Red Ridinghood

“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 Step of the Palace”…….Cinderella

“Ever After”…….Narrator, Company

Act 2

“Prologue: So Happy”…….Company

“Agony”…….Cinderella’s Prince, Rapunzel’s Prince

“Lament”…….Witch

“Any Moment”…….Cinderella’s Prince, Baker’s Wife

“Moments in the Woods”…….Baker’s Wife

“Your Fault”…….Jack, Baker, Witch, Little Red Ridinghood

“Last Midnight”…….Witch

“No More”…….Baker, Mysterious Man

“No One Is Alone”…….Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood, Baker, Jack

“FINALE: Children Will Listen”…….Company

Bios

Fred Rubeck

Fred Rubeck

JP Mullican

JP Mullican

Brian Kremer

Brian Kremer

Jack A. Smith

Jack A. Smith

Chris Rayis

Chris Rayis

Faythe Kelly

Faythe Kelly

Sarah Kay Adams

Sarah Kay Adams

Brooks Andrew

Brooks Andrew

Sydney Bell

Sydney Bell

Kelly Belarmino

Kelly Belarmino

Caroline Borio

Caroline Borio

Brianna Boucher

Brianna Boucher

Timothy Scott Brausch

Timothy Scott Brausch

Alexander Carnot

Alexander Carnot

Charlie Castro

Charlie Castro

Kali Clougherty

Kali Clougherty

Jaron Cole

Jaron Cole

Brendan Coulter

Brendan Coulter

Micah Day

Micah Day

Hannah Ellowitz

Hannah Ellowitz

Camille Fundingsland

Camille Fundingsland

Abby Harnum

Abby Harnum

Kaylee Hayden

Kaylee Hayden

Erik Houck

Erik Houck

Bryant Howard

Bryant Howard

Kayla Jordan Jacobs

Kayla Jordan Jacobs

Kayla Jordan

Kayla Jordan

Eric Kanzinger

Eric Kanzinger

Weston LeCrone

Weston LeCrone

Sara LiBrandi

Sara LiBrandi

Delaney Lynch

Delaney Lynch

Jacqueline Mate

Jacqueline Mate

Zion Middleton

Zion Middleton

Taylor Ann Mitchell

Taylor Ann Mitchell

Haley Robles

Haley Robles

Sitare Sadeghi

Sitare Sadeghi

Skyler Sajewski

Skyler Sajewski

Sujaya Sunkara

Sujaya Sunkara

Emily Stober

Emily Stober

Tara Venkataraman

Tara Venkataraman

Giselle Watts

Giselle Watts

Musical Theatre International

Musical Theatre International

James Lapine

James Lapine

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim

Fred Rubeck

Fred is completing his 33rd year at Elon and is one of the founding members of the Department of Performing Arts. He coordinates the BFA Acting program and served as Department Chair for twelve years. He has directed nearly one hundred productions at theaters in the midwest and on the east coast. Local audiences may remember some of his favorite Elon productions, including Instant Laughter, You Can't Take It With You, Angels In American, Noises Off!, Lend Me a Tenor, The Shadow Box, and many more. They may also remember his performances in the roles of the Stage Manager in Our Town, and Beverly in August: Osage County.

JP Mullican

JP has served as the Performing Arts Technical Director since Fall 2017. Prior to Elon, he worked as a lead craftsperson and project manager on productions such as Paw Patrol Live. Outside of Elon, he continues work as a freelance technical designer on productions such as the Frozen Australian Tour, The Beauty and the Beast in Shanghai, and The Phantom of the Opera World Tour. In his free time, JP builds custom furniture and runs an ever-increasing number of virtual Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. He couldn’t do any of this without the constant support of his amazing partner.

Brian Kremer

Professor Brian Kremer is Associate Program Director and Assistant Professor of Music Theatre, as well as a professional singer, actor, and voice instructor. He teaches courses in voice specializing in contemporary singing and performance styles including music theatre, rock, pop, country, R&B and hip-hop. Beyond the classroom, he is co-author of The Singing Teacher’s Guide to Transgender Voices, the first comprehensive resource developed for training transgender and nonbinary singers. Its goal is to aid in the development of a successful vocal pedagogy and to help the academic community better understand the specific needs of transgender students as it pertains to vocal training. His current and former students can be seen performing on Broadway, off-Broadway, on national and international tours, and at various concert and commercial venues.

Jack A. Smith

Jack is an Associate Professor of Performing Arts. He has worked at many regional theaters from The Orlando Shakespeare Theater to The Actor’s Theater of Louisville. He spends most of his summers either working at a small theater in Missouri (City of Maples Rep) or traveling the world looking at textiles, antique garments, or cultural wonders. His passions include antique textiles (specifically American Women’s Costume from the 19th century and the politics of 18th-century French fashions) and his dog, Neha!

Chris Rayis

CHRIS RAYIS (Music Director) Broadway: Frozen. National Tour: Hamilton; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Elf; Man of La Mancha. Film: The Last Five Years. Off-Broadway: Far From Heaven; Cruel Intentions. As composer-lyricist: Just South of Gihon (Belmont University); Deep Water Ballad (Penn State); The Music of Chris Rayis (54 Below); Miss Helvetica (The American School in Switzerland); Jenny and the Paper Pirates (The American School in Switzerland). CHRIS RAYIS || TRANSCRIBER OF DREAMS out now on Spotify and Apple Music. Proud part-owner of Manchester United, the world's greatest football club.

Faythe Kelly

Faythe is a proud member of the Elon Music Theatre class of 2023 from St. Petersburg, Florida. She also has minors in Dance and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Most recently, she was studying abroad at the Theatre Academy of London in England for the fall semester. You may have seen her work in the mainstage productions of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin and Into The Woods as well as student productions such as Elon Cares, Grand Night, and Collage. All of the love to her friends, family, and faculty. Fail Forward.

Sarah Kay Adams

Sarah is a sophomore double major in theatre design and technology with a focus in lighting and sound as well as arts administration. She is so happy to be an assistant lighting designer for Movin' On and is excited for the next! In her most recent shows, she was the sound designer/A1 for Into the Woods and one of the lighting designers for the Fall Dance Concert. She’d also like to give a thank you to all faculty, staff, friends and family that have supported her throughout this process!

Brooks Andrew

Brooks is thrilled to be performing in Grand Night in person this year! Brooks is currently a Junior Music Theatre major at Elon and hails from Boston, MA. His past favorite roles include Jack (Into the Woods, Elon University) and Sky (Mamma Mia!, Walnut Hill School for the Arts). Brooks is looking forward to making his professional theatre debut this summer as a company member at Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts playing 'Prince Topher' in Cinderella and 'Charlie Dalrymple' in Brigadoon. Brooks would like to extend a special thanks to his family back home, his Music Theatre Class of '23, and his Vizsla puppy "Rugby". Find him on Instagram @brooks_andrew

Sydney Bell

Sydney Bell is a senior Theatrical Design and Technology and Arts Administration major from Atlanta, Georgia. She is honored to work with so many talented artists and is overjoyed to close out her Elon career with this beautiful show. Sydney’s notable Elon credits include Beast Mode Champion (Stage Manager), We Will Rock You (Asst. Stage Manager), and Clown Bar(Asst. Stage Manager). Sydney has enjoyed working with this wonderful team and is excited to share this production with everyone! Sydney would like to thank her parents and friends for their love and support.

Kelly Belarmino

Kelly is a Junior Music Theatre major with a minor in Spanish and she is thrilled for her first in-person Grand Night! She was most recently seen as Little Red in Into the Woods. Her other credits Elon include Annie in Fugitive Songs and Lourdes U/S in Pheromone. She would like to thank her mom, dad, brother, and friends for their unyielding support and love.

Caroline Borio

Caroline is a sophomore Music Theater major and Honors Fellow from Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. She is so excited to be performing (in person!) alongside her incredibly talented peers this year. She would like to thank her peers, the performing arts faculty, and her family for their continuous support.

Brianna Boucher

Brianna Boucher is a sophomore majoring in Arts Administration and Theatrical Design and Technology, with a focus on stage management and costumes. She recently had the privilege of working with David McGraw as a research assistant for the Stage Manager Survey. In addition to her work on Movin' On, Brianna is currently stage managing a student show. Previous credits include Bridging: The Spring Dance Concert (SM and Asst. Scenic Designer), Fall Dance Concert (ASM) and Medea (ASM).

Timothy Scott Brausch

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to close out my performance career at Elon with this powerful and moving show, just as I closed out my high school performance career with the same one. Thank you to my professors, family, and friends for guiding me along the way.

Alexander Carnot

Alexander Carnot is a sophomore BFA acting major and is thrilled to be making his mainstage debut. He previously understudied 1st Correspondent in last year's production of Euripides' Medea.

Charlie Castro

Charlie Castro is a first-year music theatre major from Miami, Florida. He is so grateful to be joining the Elon University music theatre family! He wants to thank his parents and family back at home for their overwhelming support. Charlie is incredibly excited to return to performing live onstage. He sends a warm thank you to all the professors, production team, and fellow classmates that put so much into every performance at Elon!

Kali Clougherty

Kali is a senior Music Theatre major and is excited to perform in her final Grand Night. She was previously seen in Elon's productions Into the Woods and Beast Mode Champion. She wants to thank her professors, family, and friends for their support during her 4 years at Elon.

Jaron Cole

Jaron is a Junior BFA Music Theatre and BA Arts Administration major with a minor in Business Administration from Madison, New Jersey. This May, Jaron is excited to direct and choreograph Renegade Productions' The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Elon credits: Into The Woods (Mysterious Man), 42nd Street (Ensemble, u/s Andy Lee), Beast Mode Champion (Swing), Fugitive Songs (Asst. Director/Choreographer). Jaron is the President of Renegade Productions and has served as the Artistic Director of Elon Cares for the last two years. Jaron would like to thank his friends and family!

Brendan Coulter

Brendan is overjoyed to be taking his final bow at Elon as Cinderella’s Prince in Into The Woods. Previously, at Elon, you may have also caught Brendan as Buddy in We Will Rock You, Beast Mode Champion, or Damn Yankees. Brendan would like to thank his family and friends for their continuous support. For more on Brendan, check out his website: brendancoulter.com

Micah Day

Micah is a Sophomore BFA Musical Theatre Major from Cincinnati, Ohio. He comes from a very musical and theatre background with both of his parents and two siblings having the itch to perform! Elon credits: Into the Woods (Sleeping Beauty, Grimm, u/s Rapunzel's Prince) Other credits: Something Rotten! (Shakespeare), Newsies (Jack Kelly), Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit). Micah is very excited that he has found a home here at Elon University and can not wait to see what the future brings. Micah would like to thank his family and friends, and he hopes you enjoy the show! Instagram: @micah.andrew

Hannah Ellowitz

Hannah is a senior Music Theatre major at Elon, originally from Ft Lauderdale, FL. She most recently played the Witch in Elon’s winter production, Into the Woods. Special thanks to her friends and family for their endless love and support throughout her journey at Elon. See more at hannahellowitz.com, @hannahellowitz

Camille Fundingsland

Camille Fundingsland is a second year BFA Musical Theatre Major all the way from San Diego, California. She is incredibly excited to take part in her first Elon production as Lorraine in 42nd Street. Recent credits include Little Women (Beth), Xanadu (Kira), and Newsies (Katherine). Special thanks to her voice professor Dr. Polly, Mom, Dad, and her little sis Audrey for all the support! Instagram: @camille_nf

Abby Harnum

Abby Harnum is a current proud member of the Music Theatre BFA class of 2023 here at Elon University. Most recently, Abby traveled to Florence, Italy this past summer and performed in the Ensemble of La Bohéme and La Traviata. She has also been seen as Gertrude McFuzz in the Bucks County Playhouse Youth Company’s production of Seussical and as Sister Sophia in their production of The Sound of Music. Abby is very grateful to be a part of this production and she’d like to thank her friends, family and the Elon faculty for their support.

Kaylee Hayden

Welcome to Grand Night! Kaylee is a junior Music Theatre major with a minor in Music Technology. At Elon, Kaylee was most recently Lucinda in Into the Woods, and was in the cast of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin as an understudy. She is a member of Vital Signs A Cappella, serving as the PR/Marketing Chair. Thank you for supporting live theatre, enjoy the show!

Erik Houck

Erik is super excited to be performing here at Elon alongside his peers! Previous roles Erik has played include Tom of Warwick in the Broadway tour of Camelot and Roger in ITS’s Rent.

Bryant Howard

This is Bryant's first year and first Grand Night at Elon University, and he is so excited to perform alongside his talented peers. Bryant's previous performances at Elon include 42nd Street (Ensemble), Elon Cares, and upcoming as an understudy for Scott in Movin' On, a workshop. Bryant would like to thank the faculty and his peers for their hard work on this project and hopes you all enjoy!

Kayla Jordan Jacobs

Durham, NC native, Kayla Jordan Jacobs is currently a Senior at Elon University and is working toward a B.F.A in Music Theatre and B.A. in Arts Administration. Her most recent credits include "Stepmother," in Into the Woods and "Granny," in The Bubbly Black Girl. Kayla is grateful and excited to be performing in her very last Grand Night and would like to thank God and her family for getting her through these last four years!

Kayla Jordan

As a first-year TDT student, Kayla is so excited to work as an assistant stage manager for Into the Woods! From Nashville, Tennessee, she has worked with local companies such as StudioTenn and Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre. While at Elon, Kayla was part of the backstage crew for the fall play Heart of Shrapnel and the fly crew for 42nd Street. She is looking forward to many more opportunities through the Elon Performing Arts program!

Eric Kanzinger

Eric is currently a senior at Elon studying Theatrical Design and Technology with a focus in technical direction and scenic construction with a minor in communications. He has been a part of the theatre world since sixth grade, both acting and working backstage, but fell in love with the technical world at the end of his high school career. Eric would like to thank the wonderful design team, directing team, actors, professors, and his family for helping him get to where he is today and for creating such a wonderful show.

Weston LeCrone

Weston is thrilled to be on both sides of the table for his final Elon credit! Previous Elon productions include 42nd Street, Fugitive Songs, Damn Yankees, Bent, and #silenced (Co-Director). Regional/professional credits include The Sound of Music (Beef & Boards), Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins (The Prizery), And Then They Came For Me (Indiana Rep). Special thanks to the cast, crew, and creative team for all their dedication to this project. Much love to Mom and Dad.

Sara LiBrandi

Sara LiBrandi is a sophomore BFA Musical Theatre major from Dayton, Ohio. She is thrilled to be making her Elon main stage debut as Jack's Mom in one of her favorite musicals. Some of her favorite previous credits include Freaky Friday (Katherine), Steel Magnolias (M'Lynn), and Mamma Mia (Rosie). Instagram: @sara_libi

Delaney Lynch

I am very excited to be Assistant Directing a main stage during my Freshman year! I love acting but I am exploring all facets of theatre. Insta: @laney_lync

Jacqueline Mate

Jacqueline Mate, a junior Musical Theatre major, is thrilled to be making her Elon mainstage debut as Rapunzel in Into the Woods! This past summer, Jacqueline worked at BMA playing Helga in Cabaret. She has also performed numerous times throughout NYC and CT (Metropolitan Room, Downtown Cabaret, The Klein). Endless thank yous to her family, friends, and professors for their never-ending love, support, and kindness. Instagram: @jacquelinemate

Zion Middleton

Zion Middleton is a junior BFA Music Theatre major from McDonough, Ga. His passion for social justice and change in today’s society is what drives his need to perform. Outside of performing he enjoys directing, playing soccer, and working at the Boys and Girl’s Club of Alamance County. Other theatre credits include: Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone, Judas in Godspell. Lucas in Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, and Fortinbras in Hamlet. Special thanks to his mother, grandmother and brother!

Taylor Ann Mitchell

Taylor is thrilled to be performing in her first play here at Elon! She is a junior this year and cannot wait to see what her third year at Elon holds in store. She would like to thank her friends and family for their endless support. She would also like to thank her incredible professors and mentors for the support and knowledge they have given her. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Haley Robles

Haley is a sophomore double major in Theatrical Design & Technology and Psychology from Lakeland, Florida! She is thrilled for you all to see this amazing show filled with so much talent and hard work. Her previous credits include Assistant Stage Manager for The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin. She hopes that you all enjoy the show and would like to thank her family, friends, and the wonderful company of 42nd Street!

Sitare Sadeghi

Sitare Sadeghi is a first-year Music Theatre major with a minor in Piano Pedagogy. Previous roles include Sally in Cabaret, Cinderella in Into The Woods, and Cassie in A Chorus Line. Sitare has also participated in Collage and Elon Cares as Music Director. She is thrilled to be making her Elon Mainstage Debut in Movin' On as Ensemble. Sitare is excited to start her journey performing on the Elon stage and is thankful for all of the opportunities her family has provided her. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Skyler Sajewski

Skyler Sajewski is a senior Musical Theatre Major, with minors in Business and Literature. She is thrilled to be making her Elon Mainstage Debut as Cinderella in Into the Woods! You may have also seen her in Elon’s production of The Wolves as #2. Skyler is honored to celebrate live theatre being back with such a stellar cast, crew, and creative team. Favorite credits include Julia (The Wedding Singer), Kate (Kiss Me Kate), and Dream Laurie (Oklahoma!). Much love to her family and friends, whose support and love mean everything in the world to her.

Sujaya Sunkara

Sujaya Sunkara is a junior BFA Music Theatre major from Cincinnati, OH and is so excited to do her first IN-PERSON Grand Night!!! She was most recently seen as the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods and as a Chitty Chatty Pal in The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, both here at Elon. Sujaya would like to thank her friends, family, her dog Turk, and all of the Elon faculty and students for everything they have given her.

Emily Stober

Emily is so excited for her first year as a Musical Theatre Major and Elon College Fellow! She is from Hickory, North Carolina where she grew up performing in local theatre, dance, and music venues. Emily recently graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she spent her senior year in the High School Drama Program. She is incredibly thankful for the support from her family and mentors as she continues her artistic and academic journey.

Tara Venkataraman

Tara Venkataraman is a first-year Music Theatre major, Psychology minor, and Elon College of Arts and Sciences Fellow from Atlanta, GA. She is so excited to be in the ensemble of Movin' On! Some of Tara's previous credits include Sophie in Mamma Mia, Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret, and Ornella Understudy in Leap of Faith. Tara wants to thank her friends, teachers, and, most importantly, her family for all their love and support!

Giselle Watts

Giselle is a junior Music Theatre major with a minor in Creative Writing from Richmond, VA who is ecstatic to be here and to be able to grow alongside such amazing people! Last fall semester, she made her Elon Debut as an understudy in Beast Mode Champion. And during j-term 2021, she had the privilege of understudying in the Bubbly Black Girl as well as being the Community Outreach Coordinator for the show. Giselle is thankful for her family and friends and their constant support. And she hopes that you will enjoy the show!

Musical Theatre International

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.MTI maintains its global headquarters in New York City with additional offices in London (MTI Europe) and Melbourne (MTI Australasia).

James Lapine

JAMES LAPINE is a playwright and director. On Broadway he has worked with Stephen Sondheim on Sunday in the Park with GeorgeInto 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 SunshineMuscle; 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), AmourThe Diary of Anne FrankGolden Child, and Dirty Blonde. He has written the plays Table SettingsTwelve DreamsThe Moment WhenFran'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.

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), 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.