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OTE’s production of Into the Woods returns Friday, March 4 with its last weekend of performances. Reserve your seats by calling or texting 9496893922. The final performances are Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 5 at 2 and 7 p.m. and the closing show on Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m (This performance is sold out)

Dawn Doherty plays the Baker’s Wife in On the Edge Theatre Productions’ Into the Woods.



What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
The popularity of the Disney 2015 film. The film is radically different than the original stage script. I adore the original production and it breaks my heart that audience members may only know that sanitized Disney version.

What’s going to surprise people about this show?
We’ve simplified the sets and props so that what the audience truly sees are the characters – their relationships and their stories.

How is this character like you?
Ever since I first saw the filmed version of the original cast on stage, I fell in LOVE with the Baker’s Wife. I identify with her completely. My circumstances may be different in that I do not wish for a child, but I understand her love of family, her businesslike manner of getting things done in the most efficient way, and her passion for something more.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
I was not originally cast as the Baker’s Wife. A week before we began rehearsals, the original actress had to leave the show and I stepped in. I feel like I have to fill some pretty big shoes and I come up short.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“Wishes may bring problems such that you regret them, better that though than to never get them.”

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
Someday I would like to play the Witch. But I am playing my ultimate dream role now.

When did you first perform?
First grade. I played a fairy in school production.

Who do you look up to as an actor?
Rebecca Rubino, Little Red. She truly becomes whatever role she is playing to perfection. She is quiet and humble, loving and kind to all around her. And this is most likely our last show together and we both know it, so it’s a little overwhelming to think about. Love you, Jo!

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
On stage performing in a show. Everytime.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
I am a vocal director for shows at a local junior high. I also substitute teach.

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
This show. And let it run for a year.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
Give Roger the thumbs up.


Into the Woods, by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine has the following performances: March 4th at 7 p.m.; March 5th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and March 6th at 2 p.m. (Sunday is sold out)

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. 

Below are behind the scenes photos: