Narrator – Joseph Bidwell

Joseph grew up in the theatre world spending his summers at the Playmill Theatre in West Yellowstone, Montana. After 25 summers surrounded by musicals and plays it may come as no surprise that Joseph became a theatre teacher. Joe met his wife Lesley and earned his bachelor’s degree at BYU-I and has since earned a master’s through WGU. Joe currently teaches at Nampa High where they put on big shows in a little theatre. I’d like to thank my wife Lesley and children Michelle, Levi, Jacob, and Wyatt for supporting me in all my theatre productions both here and at school. I couldn’t accomplish what I have without their love and encouragement.

Cinderella – Taylor Vickers

After a VERY long 2 years, Taylor is ready to perform in her favorite musical! Most recently, Taylor performed as Heather Duke in Heathers the Musical. Favorite credits include Jekyll and Hyde (Emma), Wild Party (Mae), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive), Peter Pan (Peter), and A Little Night Music (Anne). RIP Stephen Sondheim

 

Jack – Tommy Duff

Tommy Duff is ecstatic for this super fun and challenging role. He goes to Timberline High School where he is taking two choirs and theater. This is Tommy’s third musical production this year and he couldn’t be more excited to be playing Jack!

Jack’s Mom – Emily Drake

Emily is thrilled to be back on the Morrison Center stage with Boise Music Week. It has been a long two years away from the boards. This is her 11th show with Music Week. Favorite roles include: angel, dancing fork, silent movie star, Scottish villager, court clerk, Mrs. Snoring Man, Russian peasant, king’s wife, Navy nurse, dead English person, chimney sweep, pick-a-little lady, Mrs. Meers, and now Jack’s Mom. When she isn’t working on her illustrious acting career, Emily spends her days with 26 Marvelous Minions (AKA 4th graders). Her main goals in life are to not fall in the orchestra pit and to occasionally hit the right notes. Fingers crossed! Thank you to Mom and Dad for your support. Thank you all for coming! Enjoy the show!

Baker – Ben Clegg

A lifetime ago Ben graduated from BYU-Idaho with a minor in musical theatre and shortly thereafter moved to Boise with his husband to do summer stock. He’s been a plague to the Treasure Valley theatre scene ever since. A few of his favorite roles have been ‘Tick’ in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, ‘Percy’ in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and ‘Archibald Cravin’ in The Secret Garden.

Baker’s Wife – Kerith Telestai

Kerith has never performed on the Morrison Center stage before, so this is a real treat for her! From touring the world in a hard rock band (vocals & electric violin) to doing philanthropic theatre work in Tanzania and Belize to teaching performing arts camps in Boise and Meridian, she loves to use the arts to make an impact. Favorite credits include Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act, Penny in Urinetown, Praetus in L.A.R.P. The Musical, and singing in the choir for The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Check out Idaho Rising Stars at IdahoRisingStars.com to get your kids signed up for her Rising Stars musical theatre camps!

Cinderella’s Stepmom – Alyssa Koval

Alyssa is very excited to be a part of Into the Woods this year! Musical theater has been and continues to be, a huge part of her life. She has been performing, on and off stage, since she was very young. She has been in many productions ranging from Aladdin to Jekyll and Hyde, White Christmas to Grease, and many more throughout her life. Alyssa is so grateful for the amazing cast and production team of Into the Woods and is so thankful to be able to share her love of theater with others. She would also like to thank her friends and family for always supporting her, even when she annoyingly sang the same things over and over again. Thank you!

Stepsister Lucinda – Annie Kortan

Annie began her theatre career at Columbia High School, starring in High School Musical. Annie’s favorite roles have been Maria in West Side Story at Spotlight Theatre and Sophie in Mamma Mia with Music Theatre of Idaho. Recently, she starred as Jennie Daly in the short film, Fred and Jennie, produced by Clam City Productions for the 13 Stories Film Competition. She is currently continuing her education at Boise State University, participating in the dance program. Annie would like to thank Boise Music Week for this amazing opportunity and her mother, Shari, for being her biggest fan.

Stepsister Florinda – Katrina A. Knight

Katy is thrilled to be back in a BMW production after 10+ years away. Most recently, she could be seen in Heather’s the Musical at Boise Little Theater and helping with various set aspects around town at any theater she can wiggle her way into. She would like to thank her friends and family who hear “I can’t, I have rehearsal” far too often, and a special thanks to Kevan for all the support, food, adventures, and love.

Little Red Riding Hood – Reilly Ramos

Over the years Reilly has extremely enjoyed being a part of the Boise Music Week Crew. In the last five years, Reilly has been Jane Banks in Mary Poppins and Ensemble in The Music Man. Even though it has been a whole two years since Reilly first got the role of Little Red Riding Hood, she is very excited to be back and performing with everyone!

Witch – Leta Harris Neustaedter

Leta Harris Neustaedter is an arts educator, performer, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She owns Metamorphosis Performing Arts Studio, LLC where she weaves life skills into music and acting classes and maintains a private counseling practice. She has a deep respect for people who seek help in strengthening their mental wellness. She has been singing and acting in the Treasure Valley for 30 years. In 2020 she created the radio show The Lovely Afro to bring more Black and Brown voices and stories to the airwaves. You can find it on Radio Boise, and podcast versions will be coming soon. She did HMU for ITW back in college and the songs with their themes of regret, longing, vulnerability, compromise have truly been a guiding force throughout her life. The Witch has been her only bucket list role. Performing it on the Morrison Center stage is a dream come true. 

Cinderella’s Mom/Granny/Giant –
Annie McKinney

Annie is excited to return to BMW. She has recently played Miss Flannery in Millie for BMW and Alice Beineke in Addams Family the Musical at BLT. She has also been in BMW’s Mary Poppins in the Ensemble and one of the Six Merry Murderesses in Chicago at Spotlight Theatre. She is most proud of her role as the theatre teacher at Meridian High School and is inspired by her students to get out there and perform. Special thank you to her friends and family for supporting her love and passion for the theatre. And an extra-special thank you to her wonderful husband Stephen for being the love of her life.

Mysterious Man – Joseph Wright

An Idaho native and Boise resident, Joseph’s life-long adventure in storytelling includes the Burbank Civic Light Opera, the UK Lexington Summer Theatre Series, and Boise’s Stage Coach Theatre, Knock-‘Em-Dead Dinner Theatre, and Boise Little Theater. Prior roles include Magaldi in Evita, Sir Harry in Once Upon A Mattress, Charles Darwin in Darwin in Malibu, and Professor Van Helsing in Steven Dietz’s Dracula. He has directed multiple shows for Stage Coach Theatre. Into the Woods is his first Stephen Sondheim musical, but he assures you it was worth the wait.

Rapunzel – Cami Nichols

Cami is excited to be back in the Boise theatre scene for this production of Into the Woods. She previously made her debut in the area with Boise Little Theater’s production of Heathers the Musical. Other favorite past roles include Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Mae in Mud, and Phoebe in As You Like It. She holds a degree in International Studies with a minor in Theatre Performance from the University of Idaho.

Rapunzel’s Prince – James Debenham

James has relished the spotlight since age ten when his parents built a karaoke stage in their basement. He expresses his deepest gratitude to his wife for enduring the discomfort of him practicing climbing her hair thrice weekly.

Cinderella’s Prince / Wolf – Joshua Malloy

Into the Woods is a special show, near and dear to Joshua’s heart. Not only is Cinderella’s Prince one of his dream roles, but Joshua also made his theatrical debut as the Baker back in 2010. He was a Junior in High School at the time and had very little interest in acting on a stage. However, thanks to this fantastic show, Joshua’s life was forever changed and now acting and singing are all he wants to do. Since 2010, he has been lucky enough to portray a number of great roles including Jekyll and Hyde in Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical, Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde: The Musical, Jack Kelly in Newsies, and Drew in Rock of Ages. Joshua feels very grateful to be sharing the stage with this wonderfully talented and passionate cast and crew. His endless gratitude goes out to them as well as his friends and family for their support over the years.

Steward – Larry Chase

Larry Chase is happy to be back in Music Week following a brief 20-year hiatus! He appeared as Doc in 2002 West Side Story. During the interim, Larry has appeared in many plays, musicals, films, and commercials. Larry thanks Larry Dennis for this opportunity and is thrilled to be on stage with so many amazing performers who have waited two long years to go Into the Woods! Enjoy!

Forest Spirit/Snow White – Shayla Bridgewater

Shayla is extremely honored to be joining Boise Music Week for Into the Woods and is excited for this introduction to theater outside of high school. Shayla has previously been seen in roles such as ‘Fiona’ in Brigadoon, ‘Mina’ in Dracula and ‘Aquata’ in The Little Mermaid at her local high school in Meridian. She would like to say thank you to Annie McKinney and Barb Oldenburg for presenting this opportunity to her and guiding her in theater throughout her high school career. Along with this, thank you to director Larry Dennis for allowing her the opportunity to join this musical, along with the cast for welcoming her with open arms. “Thank you everyone for coming to the show, and enjoy!”

Forest Spirit/Sleeping Beauty – Kimberly Black

Kim has been involved in music, specifically piano and singing, throughout her life. She has been in various choirs since elementary school, and she has always enjoyed performing. Kim confirmed her love of musical theater when she saw a production of Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Her first musical was The Little Mermaid, she played Adella, one of Ariel’s sisters. She recently played Fiona MacLaren in Brigadoon. This is Kim’s first year with BMW, and she has loved every part of it!
Kim would like to thank all of her choir teachers, piano teachers, and other music directors who have helped her develop a love for music. She would also like to give a shout out to Annie McKinney for convincing Larry to let her join the show at such a late notice. She would especially like to thank her parents, who have so far put up with all the crazy things that she has participated in as far as musicals and choir.