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March 21 - April 7, 2024

Music & lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Book by Enda Walsh

Directed by Steve Muterspaugh

Once

“achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting – strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all.”

From the very first note, Once draws you in and never lets you go. This emotionally captivating musical is the only show to have music that won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Olivier Award and a Tony Award. On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by emotionally charged music. Featuring all of the magical songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly,” this achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all. A show like that only comes around Once.

Cast & Production

*Actors & creatives appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Show Cast
RezaChloë Angst
Ex-GirlfriendBekah-Lynn Broas
SvecNicholas Conrad
AndrejJesse Cortez
GuyJake Gale
Ensemble/ViolinstNina Han
BillyPaul Henry*
BaruskaSarah Jebian
Bank ManagerNick Kenrick
Ensemble, 2nd Violin, Ex-Girlfriend u/sKaren Law
GirlKaylee Miltersen
Emcee/CellistKit Robberson
Eamon/Guy u/sBrad Satterwhite
DaColin Thomson*
IvonkaStella Wyatt
IvonkaSybil Wyatt
Creative team
DirectorStephen Muterspaugh
Musical DirectorAmie Jan
Vocal DirectorJoseph Murphy
ChoreographerFrancesca Cipponeri
Stage ManagerMarie Shell
Costume DesignerLisa Claybaugh
Intimacy ChoreographerMaya Herbsman
Properties DesignerStephanie Dittbern
Scenic DesignerChristopher Fitzer
Lighting DesignPamila Gray
Sound DesignJeff Mockus

Headshots & Bios

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Chloë Angst
Bekah-Lynn Broas
Nicholas Conrad
Jesse Cortez
Jake Gale
Nina Han
Paul Henry*
Sarah Jebian
Nick Kenrick
Karen Law
Kaylee Miltersen
Kit Robberson
Brad Satterwhite
Colin Thomson*
Stella Wyatt
Sybil Wyatt

*Actors appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Thank you to our season sponsor

Coming Up at Hillbarn Theatre

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In My Opinion

By Alan Hafter

Make no mistake, Once is a love story. It takes place in Dublin, Ireland where a 38-year-old street performer or busker named Guy is heard playing his guitar and singing. A Czech woman, Girl, overhears him and recognizes his immense talent.

Guy never pursued his career aspirations because like so many artists, he put off following his career dream by saying, “Once I get this and that sorted out, l’II do it.” There is always one more thing to take care of and the dream is ultimately put off for too long.

Girl convinces Guy to go to NYC and pursue his career and Guy’s father lends him the money. Guy and Girl’s brief romance may be over but…”what makes this musical really special and puts it in a different league is the music which holds your interest with wonderful and exciting quality songs. Almost from the first note, you realize you are listening to music that is extraordinarily distinctive, controlling, and arousing and in a word… impressive.”

Clearly, Once is a perfect show for a family with teenage children. It doesn’t gratify or indulge in any way, yet its message is so pure and beautiful, it becomes wholesome by the end of the show.

There is language that may offend some of our patrons, but these words only make the story better and we can assume most kids have heard it all, anyway.

I rate it PG-13 and a must see!

Chloe Angst

Reza

Chloë Angst (they/she) has performed her whole life in genres from punk to opera and is BAD Musical Theatre’s founding artistic director. They recently starred in their solo concert, “Angsty Cabaret and as the titular character in “The Wizard of Oz” (PAP). Favorite roles include Emcee in “Cabaret” (SCP), Bridget in “Lizzie“(CLTC), and the title roles in “Evita” (LMT) and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (FMT). She holds a BM in vocal performance and MA in anthropology.

Jesse Cortez

Andrej

Jesse Cortez (he/him) is happy to be back on the Hillbarn stage for this beautiful love story! Member of SFGMC, he recently appeared on this stage as Angel in RENT. Other theater credits include Assassins (Hillbarn Theater), The Producers (Hillbarn Theater), Kinky Boots (Berkeley Playhouse) and In the Heights (Berkeley Playhouse). He would like to thank his boyfriend, Timothy, for supporting his insane theater schedule and putting up with the guitar practice at home. Follow him on Tiktok/Instagram: @jessecortezmusic

Jake Gale

Guy

Jake Gale (Guy) (he/him) is a San Francisco based Actor & Music Director, originally from Brighton, England, and excited to make his Hillbarn debut with a show that couldn’t be closer to his heart! Recent credits include Cruel Intentions (Sebastian), Kinky Boots (Charlie) Ray of Light, RENT (Mark, MMTC, BATCC nom.), Titanic (Harold Bride, 42nd Street Moon), Avenue Q (Nicky/Trekkie, NCTC), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Snoopy, NTC, TBA & BATCC noms.)

Nina Han

Ensemble / Violin

Nina Han (she/her) is excited to be performing in her first cast role in Hillbarn Theatre’s production of Once! As a violinist, Nina has recently performed in pit orchestras of Young Frankenstein with Pittsburg Theatre Company, Into the Woods with Mountain Play, and Sunday in the Park with Youth Musical Theater Company. Nina is concertmaster of the Cambrian Symphony and principal 2nd of the San Francisco Philharmonic.

Paul Henry*

Billy

Paul Henry* (he/him) is overjoyed to be back on the West Coast in his third production of Once, and making his Hillbarn Theatre debut! Based in NYC, he was most recently seen in Shipwrecked! at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. He has performed regionally with Berkeley Rep, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Pacific Conservatory Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Sierra Rep, Sacramento Theatre Company, and others. Paul holds a BA in Acting from CSU, Fresno and is a graduate of PCPA. @paulhenry085

Sarah Jebian

Baruska

Sarah Jebian (she/her) recently appeared on the Hillbarn stage as Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music. Other Hillbarn credits: Closer Than Ever (Woman #1), The Three Musketeers (Constance) and A Little Night Music (Mrs. Nordstrom). Sarah is an award-winning actor and singer with dozens of professional theater credits from CA to NYC. Favorite role: Aldonza in Man of La Mancha. She is also a songwriter, recording artist, and voice teacher. www.sarahjebian.com

Karen Law

Ensemble / 2nd Violin

Karen Law (she/her) last performed with Hillbarn Theatre in The Sound of Music. Her regional credits include Chinglish with San Francisco Playhouse and West Side Story with Opera San Jose. Other favorite local productions include Grease (Sunnyvale Players), Flower Drum Song (Palo Alto Players), and She Loves Me (South Bay Musical Theatre). She appeared in The Fiddler (Mill Valley Film Festival) and A Vibe Thing and danced with Swingtime, Cassand Ballet, and the Viennese Ball Opening Ceremony.

Kit Robberson

Cellist / Emcee

Kit Robberson (she/her) specializes in early bowed instruments, specifically vielle and viola da gamba. While at UT Austin, she performed with the Clearlight Waites, The Texas Baroque Ensemble, and the Texas Early Music Project. In California she performs with Innuendo, Voices of America, Salut Matelot, Heliotrope, and San Francisco BATS improv. She studied viola da gamba with Jordi Savall and Rosamund Morley, and performed in Spain with the Zomerzang project under Margriet Tindemans and Shira Kammen.

COLIN THOMSON*

Da

COLIN THOMSON* (he/him) makes his Hillbarn debut in Once. He has been an Equity Actor for over 27 years. He played Da in 42nd St. Moon’s Once in 2019. Career favorites include Tuck Everlasting for TheatreWorks, and Company for Marin Theatre Company. He played Fezziwig for the Broadway tour of Jack Thorne’s A Christmas Carol, and understudied the Broadway tour of Dirty Blonde. TV and film work includes “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”and “Trauma” for NBC, and “Blue Jasmine.”

Stella Wyatt

Ivonka

Stella Wyatt (she/her) is delighted to return to Hillbarn after recently taking part in The Sound of Music (Gretl u/s). She studies ballet, violin, and piano. In her spare time she enjoys playing with her friends and negotiating with her parents for sweets.

Sybil Wyatt

Ivonka

Sybil Wyatt (she/her) is thrilled to return to Hillbarn after recently taking part in The Sound of Music (Marta u/s). She studies dance at the San Francisco Ballet School and previously trained with the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus, where she performed in various concerts. Last summer she portrayed the titular role (shared with another student) in a school production of Miss Nelson is Missing! In her spare time she enjoys playing Harry Potter with her friends, including Quidditch.

Actors Name

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Brigitte (she/hers)  is a native Bay Area actress and theatre maker. When Brigitte is not on the stage she is taking your calls managing the Hillbarn Box office. Brigitte Is very excited to be back performing on the Hillbarn stage with such an incredible wealth of bay area talent. Some past roles include Ensemble/swing in Kinky Boots (ROLT), Kelly Manning in The Mad Ones & Heather Chandler in Heathers (PSP), Ali in Mamma Mia (San Jose Stage Co), Poppy in Noises Off (Hillbarn Theatre), Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods (LASC).