Into the Woods Creative
FRANCES GASKILL (Choreographer) is back as choreographer. She was also the choreographer for "RENT" this past summer and the spring production of "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown". Other Ohio University Lancaster Theatre credits include "Legally Blonde, The Musical", "The Drowsy Chaperone", "GREASE", and "The Wizard of OZ". In 2011, she appeared in "CHICAGO" (Ensemble, Featured Dancer) during the Lancaster Festival. She grew up in and has lived in Lancaster most of her life. Her mother put her in dance classes at age two and she is still dancing at age 33. Frances teaches primarily tap to students of all ages and is one of the coaches for a competitive dance team at Susan's Tap-n-Toe. She has studied a variety of dance styles from belly dancing to different types of African dance in NYC and throughout Ohio. Frances attended Ohio University to earn a business degree and a minor in dance. When she finished her schooling, she realized her passion for teaching and went back to Ohio University to earn a Master's degree in Education. She is currently teaching 6th grade math and science at a rural school in Athens County. Frances is a mother to three daughters, ages 8, 4, and 1. She enjoys being outside in the summer, playing with her kids, crafting, and dancing.
Lighting DesignDale Harris
DALE HARRIS (Lighting Designer/Technical Consultant) has been the Lighting Designer and Technical Consultant for Ohio University Lancaster Theatre for the past twelve years. Congratulations, Dale! He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He began his theatre career with Theatre Arts of West Virginia, rotating positions of stage manager, lighting designer and technical director over the course of 12 years. He spent 10 years in New York, where his credits included working as technical director for Roundabout, Pan Asian Repertory and Second Stage Theater. Dale served as technical director for NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Design Program being responsible for helping young designers move their designs for main stage productions from concept to reality. Dale is currently the in-house lighting designer for the Midland Theatre in Newark, Ohio. Dale created the set and lighting design for Ohio University Lancaster Theatre’s production of "Steel Magnolias". In the past few years Dale has designed the lighting for Ohio University Lancaster’s productions of "Miracle on 34th Street", "To Kill a Mockingbird", "The Producers", "Little Shop of Horrors", "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play", "CHICAGO", "The Producers", Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "Cinderella", "The Elephant Man", "The 25th Annual Putnam County SPELLING BEE", "West Side Story", "Barefoot in the Park", "A Charlie Brown Christmas", "The 39 Steps", "The Wizard of Oz", "Dead Man’s Cell Phone", "The Fantasticks", "GREASE", "Moon Over Buffalo", "A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play", "HELLO, DOLLY!", "Jekyll & HYDE The Musical", "LEGALLY BLONDE, The Musical". Ohio University Lancaster Theatre is grateful for Dale’s commitment to the program over the past 12 years.
Producer, Director, Scenic DesignerA Victor Jones
A.Victor Jones (Producer, Director, Set Designer) is an Assistant Professor of Instruction and the Producing Artistic Director of Theatre at Ohio University Lancaster. He has been on the Lancaster regional campus as the Producing Artistic Director since 2010. Victor has his Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami, Florida, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. As the Producing Artistic Director at Ohio University Lancaster, Victor was instrumental in achieving the state-of-the-art $250,000 Wagner Theatre renovation project. He also founded the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre summer community theatre program which is featured during the historic Lancaster Festival. Victor was awarded the “Professor of the Year Award” and the “Dean’s Special Recognition Award” at Ohio University Lancaster in 2015. His production of Moon Over Buffalo (Producing Artistic Director, Costumer) was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 2 (KCACTF) and received a regional directing award and a KCACTF national costuming award. Ohio University Lancaster Theatre’s recent production of "LEGALLY BLONDE, The Musical" (Producing Artistic Director) won a regional BroadwayWorld Award for “Best Musical.” Additional Producing Artistic Directing credits include: "Jekyll & HYDE The Musical", "The Drowsy Chaperone", "next to normal", "HELLO, DOLLY!", Rodgers & Hammerstein’s "Cinderella", "West Side Story", "The Producers", "Little Shop of Horrors", and "CHICAGO". Victor has led the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre department for 11 seasons, 37 major productions, and more than 40 student theatrical showcases. Victor is a proud member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society).
LEVI DONAHUE (Consultant) has been involved with OHIO Lancaster Theatre for the past twelve years. He has participated backstage and front of house for 41 productions. Levi also traveled with the cast and crew as well as supervised the set crew on the theatre trips to the Kennedy Center, American College Theatre Festival. He received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Ohio University. He loves spending time with his two Shih Tzu pups, Wynston and Fyndalyn.
Vocal Music DirectorLauren Janoschka
LAUREN JANOSCHKA (Vocal Music Director) is a graduating senior at Ohio University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater. Hailing from Northern Virginia, she became involved in performance and vocal music direction during her time at Rock Ridge Performing Arts in Ashburn, VA. Lauren was most recently seen as Carrie White in Tantrum Theater’s production of "Carrie: The Musical", as well as Princess Mary in "Natahsa, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812", and "Spring Awakening". Lauren’s selected music direction credits include Vocal Music Direction for OUL’s production of "RENT", Assistant Music Direction for Rock Ridge Performing Art’s Bright Star, Ohio University’s "Eighty-Sixed: The Musical" and "Spring Awakening". Lauren is thrilled to return to OUL for another summer to tackle the wonderfully complex work of Sondheim.
DEE SAUNDERS (Conductor) holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Music Education/Music Therapy from Michigan State University in piano and woodwinds, where she marched in the Spartan Marching Band in both Color Guard and Drumline. She has taught vocal music in the Columbus City, Pickerington, and Granville Schools, worked as an adjunct accompanist at Otterbein and Denison University, and is now retired. She has worked as a musical theater director and accompanist and is an arranger for many show choirs throughout Ohio, creating both vocal and instrumental arrangements for competition. She is the Music Arranger and Director for both the CAPA Marquee Awards here in Columbus, and the Miami Valley Musical Theater Awards in Dayton, presented yearly in conjunction with the National Jimmy Awards in New York City.
Henry Poor is a recent graduate of Amanda Clear Creek schools. He was a part of the AC band participating in Marching, Jazz, and Concert bands. He was also active in the Amanda Drama Club. He's excited to participate as an auxiliary percussionist for his first performance with OUL Theater's production of “Into The Woods”.
Judy Rehrer graduated from Capital University, where she majored in Music Education. She is the band director at Fisher Catholic, St. Mary, St. Bernadette, and gives private music lessons. She is the director of the Lancaster Community Band, Lancaster Summer Youth Band, and Flutasia. Judy was the recipient of the 2010 Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Music Educator of the Year in the Community Division. Judy has performed in and directed several pit orchestras for Fisher Catholic High School, various high school musicals, Millersport Community Theater, and the OU-L Summer Theatre Productions. Judy is excited to be a part of the 2023 production of “Into the Woods.”
Marcia graduated from Capital University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing. She retired from school nursing in 2020. She has been in the orchestra for several OU-L, community, and high school musical productions. Marcia enjoys playing saxophone in the classic oldies band, Rendition; the Lancaster Community Band, the Nostalgics Big Band of Lancaster, Swing Machine of Columbus, and saxophone quartets. She lives near Lithopolis with her husband, Richard.
Amy Miller has played in numerous high school musical pit orchestras throughout Central Ohio and several Ohio University Lancaster summer theatre productions. She plays euphonium in the Lancaster Community Band and is a member of the Assembly Brass Quartet. Amy works at Ohio University and she and her husband reside in Lancaster with their three children.
Harrison Poor has been involved in many OUL productions as the auxiliary percussionist in the past, including “Chicago”, “The Producers”, and “Cinderella”. He was also the drummer for “Next to Normal” and in the cast of “West Side Story” and “The Drowsy Chaperone”. He recently graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a minor in Conducting, and he hopes to start getting involved with more productions and musical events like this one to help put that extra training to use. He will also be using this degree as the Assistant Band Director this fall at Amanda Clearcreek High School. The pandemic caused about a 3-month break for his performances outside of school, so he is excited and honored to finally be drumming again for “Into the Woods”!
David received his Bassoon Performance degree from The Ohio State University where he studied under Christopher Weait. He has also pursued studies at the master’s level in Oboe Performance at The Ohio State University under Robert Sorton. David is an active double reed specialist in the central Ohio area and is currently principal bassoonist with the Heisey Wind Ensemble, principal oboist with the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra and principal oboist with the Ohio Capital Winds. He also plays clarinet with the Columbus Pride Band. He has performed with additional ensembles including the Columbus Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Newark-Granville Symphony, Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, and the Westerville Symphony among others. He very much enjoys playing for musicals having played for numerous high school productions, the Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Weathervane Playhouse, and the Short North Stage. David is looking very much forward to his first performances with the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre in the upcoming production of “Into the Woods”. He would like to thank his husband, Jerry Comer, who has, for years, put up with the obnoxious noises of David's reed making while they watch TV together and is grateful for their shared musical lives.
David Miller has enjoyed decades as a band director, private lessons teacher, and a freelance musician. He is a member of The Conspiracy Band, Ray Massa's EuroRhythms, and Direct Energy. David has also performed with many professional bands including The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Mozel Tov Orchestra, Jazz 2 Go, Vaughn Wiester's Famous Jazz Orchestra, and Vaud-Villities, and has played with different renowned vocalists such as Deana Martin, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Nancy Wilson, Sheila Raye Charles, as well as jazz drummer Louie Bellson. One of his favorite pastimes is performing in musical pits. "Into the Woods" marks David's 134th musical production in and around Central Ohio. He has played 59 different shows at 27 schools, performed in OMTI productions, and plays for the CAPA Marquee Awards. David holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music from Ohio University, resides in Lancaster with his wife, Amy, and their three children, and is currently writing a book titled "LIFE IN THE PITS: Working as a Professional Musician in Amateur Musical Theatre Pit Orchestras (Including Autobiographical Retrospection and Survival Guide Tips for Newbies)".
Jocelyn Standley hails from Kansas City, MO and worked her way as far east as Paris before landing in Ohio. She was married to Gene Standley (1952-2017) and they share 4 wonderful children together. Dr. Standley has performed in the Central Ohio area with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Central Ohio Symphony, and Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra. She has degrees in horn performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and SUNY Stonybrook. She also received a Fulbright Grant and a Frank Huntington Beebe Grant for studies in Paris. From 2009-2017 she ran a small farm specializing in grass-fed meat and milk, and homeschooled for many years. She now lives in Newark, OH and currently maintains a private studio of horn students in addition to her active freelance career.
Abbie White is excited to play the violin for this production and to be back in the OU-L theatre. Abbie was previously part of the orchestra pits for OU-L’s productions of “Chicago”, “Cinderella” & “The Producers”. She has been a violinist since she was 5 years old. Abbie is a high school graduate of Fisher Catholic high school (2012) and received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Ohio Christian University (2017) where she is currently employed. She has been part of many different musical productions in her high school career on-stage (“Grease”, “Annie”, “Wizard of Oz”) as well as backstage at OCU working on their shows each semester as a stage manager (“Dark Road”, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Peter Pan” and “Aida”).