“Into the Woods” – Through June  1, 2014
Now Playing Through June 1

Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Directed by Evan Hoffmann
Music Direction by Elisa Rosman

May 1st – June 1st at NextStop’s “Industrial Strength Theatre” in Herndon Virginia, next to Washington DC’s Dulles Airport.

Into the Woods combines the iconic stories of Little Red Ridinghood, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Jack (the giant killer), with the new tale of a childless baker and his wife.  Their intertwining quests into the woods result in a twistedly funny, but sobering musical about the cost and consequences of “happily ever after.”  The original Broadway production garnered three Tony Awards and a Grammy, and inspired an upcoming Hollywood movie starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Anna Kendrick.

The production features TODAY Show Co-Host, Kathie Lee Gifford, as the voice of the Giant’s Wife.

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All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI
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May 1 – June 1, 2014


May 1 & 2, 2014


Weekdays and Sunday Evenings


Saturdays and Sunday Matinees

Opening Night Reception: Saturday, May 3, 2014


Although “Into the Woods” contains many fairy tale characters children may recognize, it also contains mature themes including death, parenting, and infidelity, and it is not written specifically for children.

When deciding what is appropriate for your children to see: you know your children best.
Kathy Lee Gifford Joins the Cast of NextStop Theatre's Into the Woods.

Kathie Lee Gifford Joins the Cast of NextStop Theatre’s Into the Woods.


Blakeman Brophy

Blakeman Brophy (The Mysterious Man/Cinderella’s Father) NEXTSTOP/ESP: Passion (Count Ludovic), Rooms: A Rock Romance(Music Director); DC REGION: Jerry Springer: The Opera (Studio Theatre SecondStage); Marat/Sade (Washington Shakespeare Company); Henry V (Shakespeare Theatre); bash: latterday plays (u/s), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (u/s), Sylvia (u/s), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (u/s) (Studio Theatre), Sex Habits of American Women (u/s) (Signature Theatre); Curtains (Reston); Terra Nova (Port City); Company (Foundry Players)

Priscilla Cuellar will portray The Witch in Sondheim's "Into the Woods" at NextStop Theatre Company.

Priscilla Cuellar (The Witch) DC AREA: Spamalot, Legally Blonde (Helen Hayes Award) Little Shop of Horrors, (Toby’s Dinner Theatre), Assassins, My Fair Lady, Into the Woods, Saving Aimee (Signature), Working, The Full Monty (Keegan), Stephen Schwartz Project (World Premiere) (Metro Stage), Big River (Olney), Seussical, Twice Upon a Time, (Imagination Stage), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Into the Woods (Redbranch), Nevermore (Creative Cauldron), Hairspray! (Riverside)


Laura Fontaine (Florinda) NEXTSTOP/ESP: Snow White Rose Red (Troll); Metamorphoses (Myrrah/Psyche/Others). DC AREA: Evil Dead the Musical (Taking Flight Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Alliance Theatre) Psycho Beach Party (Dominion Stage).

Kathy Lee Gifford Joins the Cast of NextStop Theatre's Into the Woods.

Kathie Lee Gifford (The Giant’s Wife) NextStop/ESP: Debut!  Broadway: Putting It Together, Thumbs, Annie, Scandalous (Playwright).  Ms. Gifford has enjoyed a diverse and successful four-decade career as a television host, actress, singer, playwright, songwriter and author. Though best known for her 15 years on Regis and Kathie Lee (11 Emmy nominations), and currently acting as the three time Emmy-winning co-host of the fourth hour of the Today Show with Hoda Kotb, Gifford has always pursued projects which inspire and challenge her.


Scott Gaines (Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf) NEXTSTOP/ESP Debut! DC AREA: Mr. Marmalade (Stillpointe Theatre Initiative), Into the Woods (Annapolis Summer Garden), The Tempest (We Happy Few). REGIONAL: The Foreigner; Assassins; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Dracula (New Stage Theater); A Christmas Carol (Jenny Wiley); Godspell, R&H’s Cinderella (The Prizery); Narnia (The Rose Theater). UPCOMING: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Prince George’s Shakespeare Festival). Gaines holds a B.A. in Theater Performance from Belhaven University. www.mencanstoprape.org


Scott Harrison (Rapunzel’s Prince) NEXTSTOP/ESP: Debut. DC AREA: Les Miserables (Reston Players), A Little Night Music, Cabaret (The Arlington Players), [title of show] (Little Theatre of Alexandria), Merrily We Roll Along, Urinetown, Anything Goes (Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society), Hair (UVA Drama). Thanks for the opportunity and enjoy the show!


Jennifer Lambert (Cinderella’s Stepmother) NEXTSTOP/ESP: Side Show (Daisy). DC AREA: Les Miserables, Drowsy Chaperone, The 25th Annual Spelling Bee, Honk, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Reston Players), Evita (McLean Players), 9 to 5 (The Arlington Players). TOURING: Christmas Carol (TheatreWorks USA). Proud graduate of Wagner College.


Emma Lord (Understudy- Cinderella, Rapunzel, Florinda, Lucinda) DC AREA: Les Miserables (Reston Players), Spring Awakening (UVA Drama Department). Singer/songwriter and recent graduate of the University of Virginia.


John Loughney (The Baker) NEXTSTOP/ESP: Falsettos (Whizzer), Tick, Tick…Boom! (Jonathan). DC AREA: The Full Monty (Helen Hayes Nomination, Best Supporting Actor), RENT, Working, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, National Pastime (World Premiere) (Keegan), The Last Five Years (1st Stage & Limelight Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (Savoyards), Celebrate Broadway (The Kennedy Center).


Ryan Manning (The Narrator) DC AREA: Life Begins at 8:40 (Library of Congress), Flat Stanley (Adventure Theatre), Jerry Springer: The Opera (Studio Theatre: 2nd Stage, Helen Hayes Nomination for Best Ensemble), Titanic: The Musical (Toby’s Dinner Theatre), Lend Me a Tenor, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Reston),110 in the Shade (Kensington Arts Theatre, WATCH Award for Featured Actor in a Musical). For M, D, K and S.


Brittany Martz (Cinderella) DC AREA: The Uses of Enchantment (Source Theatre), One More Night (1st Stage at the 2013 Page to Stage Festival), The Goddess Diaries (2012 Capital Fringe Festival), The Life of Galileo (Theatre of the First Amendment w/ Mason Players). OTHER: Currently portraying Alice Turner in ‘Malice: The Webseries.’ Graduate of Lake Braddock High School and George Mason University, Class of 2013.


Sean McComas (Jack) NEXTSTOP/ESP: Debut. DC AREA: Master Harold and the Boys, The Foreigner (Bay Theatre Company), Miss Nelson is Missing (Adventure Theatre), The Beaux’ Stratagem (Everyman Theatre), Las Meninas (Rep Stage), Everyman, Androcles and the Lion (Washington Stage Guild). INTERNATIONAL: The Room (Queen Mary’s Pinter Studio). EDUCATION: BFA from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.


Katie McManus (Baker’s Wife). NEXTSTOP/ESP: Side Show (Violet). DC AREA: Violet (Ford’s), Two Gentleman of Verona (Shakespeare Theatre), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Studio), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, RENT, A Man of No Importance, Man of La Mancha, National Pastime (World Premiere) (Keegan), Chess, Sweeney Todd, The Happy Time, The Break (Signature), Songs of My Family (Kennedy Center), Curtains, Urinetown, Honk (Reston Players), Great American Trailer Park Musical, 110 in the Shade (Kensington Arts Theatre), Into the Woods (Little Theatre of Alexandria). TV: Veep.


Lynn Audrey Neal (Jack’s Mother) DC AREA: Hairspray, Broadway in Ballston, Putting it Together, The Rink, The Gospel According to FIshman (Signature), Top Girls (Fountainhead), A Touch of Venus, If Only in My Dreams (American Century), Pirates of Penzance (Washington Savoyards).


Nora Palka (Little Red) NEXTSTOP/ESP: Debut!! DC AREA: Pygmalion, Back to Methuselah (Washington Stage Guild), Elephant and Piggie: We are in a Play!, Orphie and the Book of Heroes (Kennedy Center TYA), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Gypsy (Signature), The Rocky Horror Show (Studio Theatre 2nd Stage), Spring Awakening (Keegan). EDUCATION: Proud graduate of Catholic University BM 2012 and London Dramatic Academy.


Alizon Reggioli (Cinderella’s mother/Granny) DC AREA: 2001-present soprano chorister The Washington National Opera. The Merry Widow (Kennedy Center), Macbeth (Kennedy Center), Songs of Tom Cipullo (Atlas Theatre). TV: Nightmare Next Door (Discovery ID), House of Cards (Netflix). Alizon is thrilled to be a Granny for the first time!


Suzanne Stanley (Rapunzel) DC AREA: As You Like It (HalfMad). REGIONAL: Richard III, The History of Tom Jones (Reduxion), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park), L’incoronazione di Poppea, Le Rossignol, The Turn of the Screw (Oklahoma Opera Theatre), Hansel and Gretel, Amahl and the Night Visitors (Cimarron Opera). Bachelor of Music Vocal Performance, University of Oklahoma.


Danny Tippett (Steward) NEXTSTOP/ESP Debut! DC AREA: Spamalot, In the Heights, Legally Blonde, Cats (Toby’s Dinner Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (Washington Savoyard’s), Pop (Studio Theatre), Big: The Musical (Adventure Theatre), Shenandoah (Ford’s Theatre), Into the Woods (Red Branch Theatre), TOURING: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (The Kennedy Center). Bachelor of Music from The Catholic University of America.


Jolene Vettese (Understudy – Baker’s Wife, Jack’s Mother, Cinderella’s Stepmother, Cinderella’s Mother/Granny) NEXTSTOP/ESP: First show! DC AREA: Next to Normal, Curtains, Forbidden Broadway, Urinetown, 1776! (Reston Players), 42nd Street (The Arlington Players), Freedom’s Children, Seasons of Light (Discovery Theatre), EmPower Play Festival (Young Playwrights Theatre). REGIONAL/TOURING: The Wizard of Oz, The Tempest, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Barter Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Syracuse Stage), Androclease and the Lion (Syracuse Stage/Syracuse University), A Chirstmas Carol (Personal Space Theatrics). B.F.A. Musical Theater from Syracuse University. Love to David, Emma, Joey and Mom!


Jaclyn Young (Lucinda) NEXTSTOP/ESP: Education Coordinator for NextStop, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia/Snout/Wall), Metamorphoses (Alcyone and others), Sideshow (Ensemble). DC AREA: Jungle Book (Imagination Stage), Visible Language (Open Circle/Active Cultures), Seasons of Light (Discovery Theatre), Nevermore, Urinetown, Assassins, 110 in the Shade, Great American Trailer Park Musical (Kensington Arts Theatre), Legally Blonde, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Wonderful Town, Full Monty (Reston Players), NATIONAL/TOURING: Alice in Wonderland (Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre), Seussical, A Chirstmas Carol (Civic Theatre of Allentown), Henry VI Part 3 (Shakespeare Theatre NJ). FCPS Theatre Teacher and proud mama!


Sierra Banack (Properties Designer) NEXTSTOP/ESP: 12 Dates of Christmas (Stage Manager), The Seafarer (Crew), Caroline, Or Change (Stage Manager), The 39 Steps (Sound/Light Op). DC AREA: Could Angels Be Blessed (ASM; Harris Theatre), The Shape of Things (Makeup Design; Harris Theatre), Orpheus Descending (ASM; Harris Theatre) The Quality of Life, The Light in the Piazza (Arena Stage).


Kat Brais (Co-Hair Designer) NEXTSTOP/ESP: The 39 Steps (Hair Design), Falsettos (Dr. Charlotte), Blood Brothers (Mrs. Lyons), Sideshow (Bearded Lady), Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women Heidi (Director-TFYA), DC AREA: Too many to list.


Franklin C. Coleman (Lighting Designer) NEXTSTOP/ESP: The Seafarer, Flowers for Algernon, W;t, Passion, Copenhagen (WATCH Award), Side Man (WATCH Award), Grapes of Wrath. DC AREA: Red Herring (1st Stage); An Ideal Husband (Fountainhead); Paradise Lost (American Century); Portrait of a Madonna / Suddenly Last Summer (Keegan); Full Monty, Beauty and the Beast (WATCH Award) (Reston Players); Hauptmann (Port City Players); Hairspray (WATCH Award) (Little Theatre of Alexandria); Enchanted April (Vienna Theatre Company). Into the Woods is one of Franklin’s favorite shows, and he is delighted to be working on it with such a talented cast and crew.


Kathy Dunlap (Costumer) NEXTSTOP/ESP: 2 years as costume designer for ESP Theatre For Young Audiences, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Caroline, or Change, Metamorphoses, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. DC AREA: Xanadu, 33 Variations (Reston Players), The Drowsy Chaperone, The Man of La Mancha (McLean Players). She wishes to thank her favorite child for participating in this adventure with her.


Evan Hoffmann (Director) NEXTSTOP/ESP: The 39 Steps (Director), The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Green Henchman #3), The Who’s TOMMY (Ensemble), Henry V (Henry), Metamorphoses (Director, WATCH Award), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Director), Caroline, or Change (Director, WATCH Award). DC AREA: 1776 (Ford’s), My Fair Lady, Into the Woods, Saving Aimee, See What I Want to See (Signature), Anything Goes (Olney). TOURING: Henry V, Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew (American Shakespeare Center). INTERNATIONAL: Discovering Self (Shakespeare’s Globe, London). Proud graduate of Herndon High School and the College of William and Mary.


Kara Hogarty (Make Up Designer) NEXTSTOP/ESP: Debut. Kara has been working in the makeup field for 15 years. She has experience in special effects, stage production, and special events makeup application. She looks forward to many more productions in the future.


Joan A.S. Lada (Production Stage Manager) NEXTSTOP/ESP: Falsettos, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Side Show, Love, Valour, Compassion, Red Noses, Side Man (WATCH Award Best Play). DC AREA: Eccentricities of the Nightingale (American Century Theatre), Avenue Q, Chicago, 33 Variations, 1776, Tommy (Little Theatre of Alexandria), A Chorus Line, The Secret Garden, Suessical (Reston Players), The Full Monty, West Side Story (Rockville Musical Theatre), A Chorus Line, Nine, The Seagull, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Kiss Me Kate, Hello Dolly (The Arlington Players)


Lorraine Magee (Choreographer) NEXTSTOP/ESP: Blood Brothers (Asst. Producer, WATCH Award Outstanding Musical), The Smell of the Kill (Nicky), The Iceman Cometh (Stage Manager), tick, tick….BOOM! (Choreographer), The Memory of Water (Teresa), W;t (Vivian Bearing, PhD, WATCH Award), Rent (Choreographer), Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (Director); The Clean House (Virginia); Red (Producer, WATCH Award Outstanding Play), Caroline, or Change (Grandma Gellman). DC AREA: 1776 (Keegan); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (ACT Award), Pippin (ACT Award), Enchanted April, Taking Leave (Ruby Griffith Award), Colder Than Here (Ruby Griffith Award) (Vienna Theatre Company); Kiss of the Spider Woman, Damn Yankees, Jekyll & Hyde, Follies, Nine (The Arlington Players).


Laura Moody (Production Manager, Assistant Stage Manager) NEXSTOP/ESP: The 39 Steps (Stage Manager), Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (Stage Manager), Richard III (Assistant Stage Manager), Frozen (Stage Manager), The Frog Princess (Stage Manager), Fairytales In Training (Stage Manager), Many Moons (Stage Manager), Caroline, or Change (Assistant Stage Manager), Tomfoolery (Assistant Stage Manager), Metamorphoses (Hunger/Midas’s Daughter/Lucina/Q). DC AREA: Play It Again, Sam (Little Theatre of Alexandria), House Of Blue Leaves (Dominion Stage), The Foreigner (Taking Flight Theatre Company), Glengarry Glen Ross (Taking Flight Theatre Company), Medea (Port City Players), Last Ham Standing.


Kristen Pilgrim (Assistant Director) NEXTSTOP/ESP: Richard III (Assistant Director/Props Designer); DC AREA: The Immortal Jellyfish (Director, Avalanche Theatre), The Shrewing of the Tamed (Director, UnRuly Women), Big Bad (Director, Encore Stage and Studio), The Poet and the Rent (Director, Traveling Players Ensemble), On the Waterfront (Assistant Director and Fight Director, American Century) A Fox on the Fairway (Assistant Director, Signature), The Happy Elf (Assistant Director, Adventure Theatre), Babes in Arms (Assistant Director, Berkshire Theatre Festival), The Hobbit (Fight Director, Encore Stage and Studio) Caesar and Dada (Assistant Fight Director, WSC Avant Bard). Kristen is excited to be working with NextStop again!


Sue Pinkman (Wigs) NEXTSTOP/ESP: 33 Variations (Director), Hairspray (Director, Watch Award for Direction, Outstanding Musical and Hair Design), The Full Monty (Director), Forbidden Broadway (Watch Award, Hair Design), Seussical the Musical (Watch Award Hair Design and Make-Up). 2009 Reston Citizen of the Year for 30 years of promoting theatre arts.


Elisa Altman Rosman (Music Director) NEXTSTOP/ESP: Caroline, or Change (Co-Music Director), Passion, Falsettos, Side Show, and Suburb. DC AREA: Sweeney Todd (Little Theatre of Alexandria), Broadway Christmas Carol (MetroStage), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Keegan), Little Women (McLean Players), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Urinetown, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Honk!, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Mame, Merrily We Roll Along, Next to Normal (Reston Players), A New Brain (Foundry Players). Elisa is delighted to be part of this inaugural season at NextStop with new and old friends. As always, love and thanks to Dan & my family. This one is for my 4 beauties—I always try to remember that they are listening!


Steven Royal (Set Design) DC AREA: Parfumerie, Almost, Maine, Side Man, Suite Surrender, Altar Boyz, Blithe Spirit, Pitmen Painters (First Stage), A Few Good Men (Keegan Theatre), No Man’s Land, Caesar and Dada (WSC Avant Bard), Holly Down in Heaven (Forum Theatre), REALS (Theatre Alliance), The 12 Days of Christmas (Adventure Theatre), Gypsy, R&J and Miss Saigon (Associate/Assistant Designer, Signature Theatre), Rock of Ages, Vegas The Show!, Legally Blonde (Norwegian Cruise Lines). UPCOMING: BAT BOY (Director, 1st Stage). www.sroyaldesign.com


Brian Stefaniak (Master Electrician) NEXTSTOP/ESP: Richard III (Master Electrician), 12 Dates of Christmas/Jacob Marley’s A Christmas Carol (Light Board Operator). DC Area: 6 Characters In Search Of An Author (George Mason University). REGIONAL: Hairspray (Fulton Theater), Equus (Sheridan Bigler Theater) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Pullo Center). Happy to be back working with NextStop!


Michelle Urcuyo (Scenic Artist) NEXTSTOP/ESP: Richard III. DC AREA: Showboat, Witness for the Prosecution, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat (Lazy Susan Dinner Theater), Juanita the Walrus, Lysistration, A Little Rebellion Now (Venus Theatre), Celebrations of Spring (Smithsonian Discovery Theater), Taradiddle Tales (Adventure Theater). NYC AREA: Hangin’ with the Hebros (Cult Comedy Picture Show). Proud graduate of James Madison High School and the College of William and Mary.


*At certain performances


Elisa Rosman


Kirby Lee, Sarah Morrison


Alisha Coleman, Mitch Bassman, Lindsay Williams


Gwyn Jones, Ginger Melby


Steve Messina


Virginia Gardner


Carolyn Brethauer

French Horn*

Deb Kline, Mark Deal


Brian Morton


Ric Okin, Matt Robotham

“I think Into the Woods is probably my favorite work by Stephen Sondheim. The simple fairy tales matched with the wit and wisdom of the greatest musical theatre composer of all time is exceptional. We have only done three Sondheim musicals in the past twenty-five years. I think it is high time we fix that statistic.”

Evan Hoffmann, NextStop Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director