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OTE’s production of Into the Woods opens this Friday, February 26 to a SOLD OUT audience! Tickets  still available for Saturday, February 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m; and next weekend as well. 949-689-3922

Chris Diem plays Rapunzel’s Prince in OTE’s production of Into the Woods.


Photo by Sean Netherlain Photography

What’s going to surprise people about this show?
I think people are going to be most surprised that this is not your average fairy tale- just when you think it’s “happily ever after,” your past catches up with you. There’s a lot of deep messages in this show so keep your eyes open!

Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
I would say my mom and sister, but this time I have the honor of performing alongside them in this show!

How is this character like you? Different?
Well I’m not exactly royalty… or tall… But I have wonderful flowing hair like a prince so that’s fun. And I’m secretly a raging ego maniac… Shh don’t tell anyone….

What do you love about this character?
I love the songs. They’re so much fun to play around with, and there’s so much you can do with a character like this. He’s larger than life and full of confident energy!

What do you hate about this character?
He did not stay by Rapunzel’s side when she needed him most, which shows how shallow he really is. He should have stayed with his wife and children instead of running away to find the next girl. “Ah well, back to my wife!” Not cool bro. Not cool.

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
When I’m a little older I would love to tackle the role of The Baker.

When did you first perform?
My sophomore year in high school in Carrie the Musical as Tommy Ross.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Little Shop of Horrors will always have a special place in my heart.

Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
Our extremely talented and supportive director, Aurora! Her concepts and ideas always get me excited, and her directing is so very inspiring!

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Sleeping in, going on a run, and perhaps a book in the park. Or even better, acting in a sunday matinee show! If I’m on stage, it’s always a good day to me.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
More theatre! What’s a social life?

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
Wish as many people as possible to break a leg, and say a quiet thank you to the universe for giving me another incredible opportunity to act alongside my close friends and family in a beautiful production! And of course running lines in my head.

Christopher Diem: This is Christopher’s 5th production with On the Edge Theatre and is thrilled to be once again on stage with his close friends and family. He has been in shows like Little Shop of Horrors as Seymour, A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Puck, Seussical the Musical as the Cat, and more. He would like to thank his family for always supporting him, and the whole cast and crew for just being themselves which is kind and loving and just awesome! Enjoy the show! “The harder to get, the better to have!”


Into the Woods, by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine has the following performances: February 26th at 7 p.m (sold out).; 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.