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Our Cinderella, Maggie Goodman, had a few things to say about OTE’s upcoming production of INTO THE WOODS.


Maggie headshot

What’s going to surprise people about this show?
When people think of fairytales, they almost always picture the “Disneyfied” happily ever after, which is why most people new to Into the Woods are shocked by twists in this show. It isn’t about finding your perfect “happily ever after,” but about finding happiness through the unexpected trials and inevitable tragedies that affect everyone.

What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
I think one of the biggest challenges we will all face is finding our own versions of these well-known characters, when there have been so many brilliant portrayals by amazing actors in the past.

How is this character like you? Different?
Much like Cinderella, I have always been incredibly indecisive (except of course, when it came to the man I chose to marry =P). While I’ve gotten better in recent years, I used to spend hours contemplating the simplest decisions or would even pawn them off on someone else! How am I different than Cinderella? Well, I suppose I can’t talk to birds…

What do you love about this character?
Out of all the different stories & movies, Cinderella’s portrayal in this show is by far my favorite. We get to glimpse inside her head and see why she is so indecisive between becoming a princess while feeling like an imposter, or returning to the horrible life she’s always known. We see her come to the realization that all she wants is a simple or “normal” life. She matures from leaving her decisions up to fate, to eventually choosing her path for herself.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Cinderella doesn’t actually have a lot of dialogue, so I feel like my biggest challenge will be conveying her internal journey through expression and music without having the words carry it.

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
I would probably have to choose one of the stepsisters. I’ve only played an antagonist once before and it was so much fun! Plus, the stepsisters have the best vocal harmonies in the show!

When did you first perform?
I started performing with a community college program called “Young Company Presents” when I was about 12 in Salinas, CA. That group largely shaped my love for theater and I wish more than anything that they could all come down to see this show!

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Can I be cliché and say Wicked?! I love stories that make you see a different perspective than you expect (much like ITW) and Wicked is spectacular in that regard! Not to mention the fantastic music and costumes.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
I’d say hiking somewhere with Kyle and the pups, followed by Dutch Babies, coffee, and a good book!

When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?
I usually just end up chatting with everyone in the cast. It’s a rather large group and there are so many new people to get to know!

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
I sew quite a bit! Clothing, that is, and pattern making is my forte. Our spare room is stuffed with sewing machines and my rather embarrassing fabric collection. Other than that, I spend a lot of time watching my silly dogs wrestle with each other.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
I like to pray and thank God for another wonderful opportunity to use all of our gifts to create something incredible together!

MAGGIE GOODMAN (Cinderella) is thrilled to join this production after falling in love with ITW when she was 12. She’s a native of Salinas, California who moved to UC Irvine to pursue theater and eventually advanced fashion design at FIDM.  Some of her past performances include Little Women (Beth March) City of Angels (Mallory/Avril), Bye Bye Birdie (Kim MacAfee), 12th Night (Viola), Peter Pan (Wendy), The Sound of Music (Liesl), and The Borrowers Musical (Arietty). She would like to thank Kyle, Ruthie, and Bailey for encouraging her crazy “bird calls” for the past few months!


Into the Woods opens Friday, February 26 with festivities such as complimentary dessert treats themed especially for Into the Woods by Chef Chuck Doherty and a discussion with director Aurora Culver and music director Jared Pugh. Get your seat reservations soon as opening night sells out.

Trivia Contest for Free Tickets to opening night of Into the Woods has begun and ends Monday, February 22.

Each day that you answer a trivia question correctly is another opportunity to win. Contestant must have LIKED the OTE facebook page in order for entry to count.

Here is the link to the OTE Facebook Page

Into the Woods, by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine has the following performances: 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.