Who's Who in the Woods?
Scott AuCoin (Baker) is thrilled to performing in his first show with Heritage Players! Recently, Scott has worked as a music director in the area on such shows as How To Succeed..., The Music Man, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Next to Normal just to name a few. He is happy to be returning to the stage! By day, he serves as as choir director at Marriotts Ridge High School in Howard County, where his choirs continue to receive high praise and many accolades. He attended the University of Maryland, and holds a BM in Music Composition and a BME in Choral Music Education. Thank you to family and friends for all their support and lots of love to this wonderful Into the Woods cast and production team!
Lanoree Blake (Assistant Costumer) is excited to be working with Heritage for the first time! She is usually behind the scenes, and recently stage managed Spring Awakening and The Women at Spotlighters Theater. Many thanks to McDonald's for comforting her during these hellacious times and to Andrew for being the Glinda to this tired Elphaba.
Atticus Cooper Boidy (Jack) is excited to be debuting with The Heritage Players. He is constantly busy with lots of theatre but is excited to take on the role of Jack. He thanks his friends and family and especially TJ.
John Carter (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf) is ecstatic to be apart of another Heritage Players production. He could be previously seen at Silhouette Stages production of Legally Blonde, GAC's productions of Spelling Bee and Seussical, TBP's production of Forum and Heritage’s production of Seussical as well. He has had a very eventful year in Maryland theatre and is sad to be leaving such a great state of art, but another moment calls and is very thankful for the production and cast of this show to be his last: thanks for everything and see ya in the next adventure!
Mia Coulbourne (Little Red Riding Hood) is honored to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this phenomenal production of Into the Woods. This is Mia's tenth show and some other roles she has portrayed are Paulette (Legally Blonde), Telly (Godspell) and Diana (Kiss the Bride). She would like to thank her friends, Jason, Alana, Remi, Hannah and Lacey, for their constant support and for always picking her up when she is down through their humor and love, she wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. She'd also like to thank her family for getting her to and from rehearsals and helping her pursue her dream of one day performing on a Broadway stage. Lastly, she'd like to thank the cast and production team (especially TJ, Chris and Maggie) for being not only welcoming, but for being a second family to her and working hard to make this show amazing.
Traci Denhardt (Cinderella's Stepmother) is truly thrilled to be debuting with the Heritage Players and working with an insanely talented cast! Some of her past theatre experiences include: Sister Mary Lazarus - Sister Act; Lady Larkin - Once Upon a Mattress; Hodel - Fiddler On the Roof; Rizzo -Grease. Traci has performed in American Tap Dance Theatre, Dolphin Cruise Line, Kings Dominion, F. Scott Black Dinner Theatre, event soloist, wedding soloist and in various styles of bands. She would like to sincerely thank TJ, Chris and Rikki for casting her in this crazy, exciting and loving show! Traci would also like to thank her wonderful family and friends for being so supportive with her "come back to her passion" time of her life!
Kirsti Dixon (Rapunzel) is excited to be performing in her third show with Heritage Players. In the last few years she performed in Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) and Thoroughly Modern Millie with this lovely company. Recently she has been seen in ASGT’s Light Up the Stars and Sister Act, and in Colonial Players of Annapolis’ Nine. She gives much love to her family and boyfriend for being there for every show and putting up with her never ending schedule of rehearsals and busy weekends.
Temple Fortson (Jack's Mother) is excited to make her debut with the Heritage Players in this wonderful production of Into The Woods. She has appeared in several shows in DC, Maryland, and Virginia theaters. Some of her favorites include: Avenue Q, The Color Purple, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Motherhood Out Loud, Whose Wives Are They Anyway, Piano Lesson, and Little Shop of Horrors. Temple is a board member of Artistic Synergy of Baltimore, and is the Director of their annual fundraising cabaret. She thanks her family for their support and the theater community for the gift of the arts.
Richard Greenslit (Mysterious Man/Cinderella’s Father) is excited to return to the Heritage Players where has has been in Spelling Bee and Thoroughly Modern Millie. You can also see him often at Silhouette Stages where he has been in Cry Baby, 9-to-5, and Godspell. Richard is also the Secretary for Silhouette Stages. He wishes to thank his family and friends, especially TJ.
Todd Hochkeppel (The Narrator) has performed in dozens of local musicals with Howard County Summer Theatre, Silhouette Stages and Red Branch, and is delighted to be making his first appearance on the Heritage Players stage. He most recently played the butler Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins, the Mayor of Bluesville in The Happy Elf and the roles of Luigi/Tony in the Lucky Stiff. Favorite roles include: Thenardier (Les Mis), Wilbur the dad (Hairspray), Fagin (Oliver!), Harry the Horse (Guys and Dolls) and Sylvia (Ruthless). By day, Todd writes and produces marketing and educational videos and docs. He also directs children and teens in musicals at Ellicott Mills Middle School and Musical Theatrix. He sends his thanks and love to his beautiful wife AND dramatic family for all their support and inspiration.
Rikki Howie-Lacewell (Choreographer) area Performer/Director/choreographer is excited to be working on what she thought would never happen- A Sondheim piece!!! Only TJ can get her to do those things. Much love to the cast and crew for this amazing experience. Loving every minute of it, yes Sondheim. She will also be making her debut at Keegan Theatre in DC as Matron Mama Morton in Chicago.
TJ Lukacsina (Director) is delighted to be working on this show with an amazingly talented production team and cast. He would be nothing without their hard work and dedication. He is currently Artistic Director with the Heritage Players and a board member at large with Silhouette Stages. Recent shows directed include Legally Blonde, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sweeney Todd, High School Musical and White Christmas. He has also conducted ten shows at Hammond HS. He wishes to thank his family and friends for their continued support of this crazy lifestyle we call theatre.
Andrew Malone (Costume Designer) attended Shenandoah Conservatory where he studied and worked as a designer on productions of 9 to 5 and Legally Blonde. He has designed for Red Branch Theatre's Evil Dead the musical. In January of this year Andrew won for best Costume Designer in Baltimore from BroadwayWorld.com for his work on Evita at Spotlighters. His past credits at Spotlighters include Evita, and tick, tick... BOOM! A big thank you to Lanoree Blake for her hard work and beautiful designs, I truly could not have done this without you. To my family and partner, for your love and support. Break a leg to the cast and crew of Into the Woods!
Sean Miller (Steward) is honored and thrilled to be making his first-ever theatre debut alongside such an amazing and talented group of individuals. All throughout his life, Sean has had a love for both music and the theatre and has been singing in various different capacities from early on in his childhood. Sean has not only thoroughly enjoyed his time working on this production, but has also learned so much through this experience and is hopeful to continue his new love for the stage in the future. He would like to give special thanks to Heritage Players for giving him this opportunity and to the entire cast for being so welcoming and encouraging the entire time. He also would like to wholeheartedly thank his friends and family for their love and support in helping him to get to this point.
Jamie Pasquinelli (Florinda) is excited to be apart of The Heritage Players production of Into the Woods! She is currently involved in Red Branch Theatre’s Apprentice program, focusing on performing, where she has worked on productions such as Lysistrara Jones, Bridges of Madison County and a new-works cabaret premiering in January 2018. Some of her past performing credits includes Medea (Chorus), Almost Maine (Marvalyn), Sweet Charity (Helene) and Alice In Wonderland at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. You can find Jamie next in Toby’s production of Young Frankenstein running from January-March 2018. She would like to thank her family and friends, all the way back in Pittsburgh, for the continuous support and her mother for always believing in her. BA Musical Theatre and Communications, Seton Hill University. www.jamiepasquinelli.com
Sydney Phipps (Cinderella) is so excited to be performing for the first time with Heritage Players. She is currently a student at Towson University studying both Vocal Performance and Business Marketing. Other performances include SHREK: The Musical, Anything Goes, Peter Pan and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, to name a few. She wishes to thank her family and friends for all their support and her phenomenal cast as crew for making this experience an unforgettable one.
Chris Pinder (Music Director/Conductor) is excited to make his debut as music director at The Heritage Players. Chris studied music at AACC for two years, where he trained in conducting under Anna Binneweg. He transferred to East Carolina University, where he studied music education and percussion performance under Jonathan Wacker. His previous music directing credits include Mary Poppins, The Producers, Addams Family, and In the Heights. His upcoming shows include Putting It Together, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Pirates of Penzance, James and the Giant Peach, and Ragtime. Chris is making his European debut in Madrid this coming March with AACC. Chris would like to thank everyone for the hard work, dedication, and time they have put in on this project to make the woods come alive.
Jessa Sahl (Cinderella's Mother/Granny/Giant) is excited to be in her first Heritage Players production. Originally from Connecticut, Jessa majored in Music and has performed in a variety of plays, musicals, and operas such as Seussical, Almost, Maine, The Magic Flute, and The Barber of Seville. She would like to thank the entire cast and crew for making this show a wonderful experience!
Josh Schoff (Rapunzel's Prince) is so excited to make his debut with the Heritage Players. Recent productions include The Little Mermaid (Flotsam), Forever Plaid (Frankie), Shrek the Musical (Pinocchio), and A Soldier's Play (Captain Taylor). Josh is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, where he has directed Dog Sees God as well as appearing in Under Construction (Actor). Huge thanks to the cast and production team for making this a fantastic first show!
Alana Simone (Baker’s Wife) is thrilled to be stepping back on stage after a seven year break and couldn't be happier that it's for Into the Woods! Alana teaches English Language Arts to lovely and energetic 4th/5th grade students in Baltimore City Public Schools. There she has also directed/music directed/choreographed the musicals, Once on this Island Jr. and Beauty and the Beast Jr. prior to becoming a teacher, Alana was blessed to perform with MAMMA MIA! Las Vegas, Disney Cruise Lines, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Great Lakes Theatre, and Idaho Shakespeare Theatre Festivals. It has been a true pleasure and joy to fulfill one of her dream roles and perform with such a hard-working and dedicated cast. You can find Alana breathing fire in her next role as the Dragon in Shrek at Charm City Players this spring. Never ending thanks to her friends, family, colleagues, and love Chris for supporting her to get back out there...she couldn't do any of this without you!
Danyelle Spaar (Lucinda) is thrilled to be doing Into the Woods. She is currently a theater major at AACC. Recent shows include The Addams Family the Musical (Alice), Legally Blonde the Musical (Brooke Wyndham), and In Love and Warcraft (Kitty). She would like to thank her friends and family for all their support and hopes you all enjoy the show!
Magdalene Urban (Stage Manager) is excited to work on her first production with the Heritage Players. Maggie’s credits include Compass Rose Theater’s Pygmalion, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre’s In the Heights, and ASGT's The Producers, which won the Ruby Griffith Award for All Round Production Excellence. She graduated summa cum laude from Anne Arundel Community College in 2012 with Film and Theatre Associate of Arts degrees. As part of her studies in technical production, Maggie staged managed AACC's Tarzan and assistant stage managed The Phantom of the Opera. Maggie has recently participated in the Disney College Program, where she was employed with the Magic Kingdom’s Costuming department and worked on the Main Street Electrical Parade in Florida. Magdalene just finished being the assistant stage manager for 2nd Star Productions' Annie Get Your Gun and is looking forward to stage managing the Colonial Players' Lucky Stiff in the spring. She thanks TJ, Rikki, and Chris for the wonderful rehearsal process and the amazing cast for their dedication and commitment to this production. She would also like to thank her family and theater family for keeping her fed, rested, and (relatively) sane.
Rowena Winkler (The Witch) is ecstatic to be playing such a fun and complex role (thanks Steve Sondheim) in her first show with The Heritage Players. She played Cinderella in Into the Woods in high school and has enjoyed seeing the show from a new perspective. Her other favorite past roles include Little Sally (Urinetown), Sister Mary Amnesia (Nunsense), and Cosette (Les Miserables). You may also have recently seen her dancing with tambourines as part of the Ensemble for Nine at The Colonial Players in Annapolis. Rowena would like to thank TJ and Chris for this amazing opportunity, her family (both actual and chosen) for their endless support, and her husband Derek for keeping her fed and being ok with the late nights and hearing the same lines and songs over and over at home.