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We are thrilled to have Jim Pack join our cast of INTO THE WOODS as Cinderella’s Father. Here’s what Jim had to say about the show and his role in it:

What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
Learning to sing Sondheim’s music is always a challenge.

What’s going to surprise people about this show?
Maggie Goodman’s perfect casting in the role of Cinderella.

Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
Linda Renna, my sister.

How is this character like you? Different?
He is cranky, which is right up my alley stage wise. Not that I am a crank in real life, well not most of the time I’m not. I don’t have any children, but I hope if I did have some, I would never neglect them like Cinderella’s father has Cinderella.

What do you love about this character?
For a guy with only few lines, he sure makes an impression.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Sondheim’s tricky lyrics.

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
Oddly enough, Tom Hanks. He’s the right age for it now.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“Because the baker lost his father and mother in a baking accident….” The Narrator has most of the really good zingers.

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
The Narrator/Mysterious Man. I’m too old for all the other male parts.

When did you first perform?
Age five as Peter Cotton Tail.

Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
Aurora Culver and John Wayne.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Singing in Church and then going to the pool hall.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Singing in Church, watching other people’s dogs and cats at their respective residences for them, i.e. as a house sitter (otherwise retired), playing billiards and learning lines and music for future shows before I audition for them, so I will be off book the moment I am cast. And writing novels, short stories and play scripts.

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Sweeney Todd again, as a principle character, not necessarily in the ensemble.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?
Pray I don’t mess up.

This is Jim Pack’s second time being directed by Aurora Culver. The first time was as Mr. Laurence in Little Women at the Costa Mesa Playhouse. Most recently, he has performed at the Mysterium Theatre in La Habra in Jekyll and Hyde as Poole, Dr. Jekyll’s butler and in Sweeney Todd in the ensemble. Also recently, he has finished writing his first full length play entitled “Pulling on A String”. Many of his other writings, i.e. novels, short stories, etc., can be found online at booksie.com.


INTO THE WOODS, by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, performances are February 26th at 7 p.m.; February 27th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; March 4th at 7 p.m.; March 5th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and March 6th at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $15 General admission
*Parental Guidance recommended for children 13 and under due to adult themes.*
Children 12 and under free with paying adult.

To reserve your seats, email us at ajculver@otetheatre.com or call (949)689-3922.
Tickets are available for purchase online at  the Laguna Hills Community Center(class registration), or by purchasing them (Cash only) at the door on performance days. Personal checks and credit cards will not be accepted for ticket purchases at the door.

Director: Aurora Culver
Assistant Director: Josefine Damgaard
Music Director: Jared Pugh
Stage Manager: Michelle Lane

Featuring the talents of Marc Montminy, Claire Perry, Maggie Goodman, Anthony Kairouz, Rebecca Rubino, Dawn Doherty, Chris Hunter, Chris Diem, Teri Griffin,
Roger Sloan, Megan Demarchi, Nancy Higley, Tiffanie Battram, Katie Diem, Matt Acuña, Jadee Sumner, Jim Pack, and Kaleigh Krieger.

The City of Laguna Hills partners with On The Edge Theatre Productions to bring live theatrical performances to the Laguna Hills Community Center.

For more information please visit our website.