Into the Woods Creative

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Pete Byrne
Pete Byrne is an actor, writer and filmmaker who moved from Chicago, IL to Lafayette in 2020. Pete is a graduate of The Second City’s Conservatory program where he studied improvisational comedy and sketch writing. He currently serves as Communications Director on the Looking Glass Theatre Co. board of directors. You may have seen Pete perform recently in CCT's production of 'The Real Inspector Hound', as Birdboot, in The Looking Glass Theatre Company's production of 'Hay Fever', as David Bliss and most recently in '9 to 5, The Musical,' as Dick. Although he has directed Sketch Comedy in the past, this is Pete's first time directing a musical. Into The Woods is not exactly what he'd call an "entry-level" musical, so he is immensely grateful for the support (and the talent) of his Music Director, Vocal Director, Stage Manager. Choreographer, Rehearsal Pianist, Costume Designer, Set Designer, Crew and WILDLY impressive cast. Without these people, this show would not be the amazing product that it is. This was an extremely difficult process and the people involved are what made it a truly joyful and gratifying experience. He hopes you enjoy your journey Into (and hopefully out of) The Woods.
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Music Director
Cory Murray
Cory Murray, local musician and technologist, has worked with Shelby Have, The Looking Glass, and IPAL, in the past, in various shapes, sizes, etcetera on many beloved shows. Recently, he's either played an instrument or a character in Rocky Horror, She Loves Me, 9 to 5, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Rent. Conducting rubber chicken symphonies and choreographing dry-land synchronized swimming takes up his free time, but only on even numbered years. He is wonderfully delighted of the fortunate circumstances this year, and is deeply thankful for the grand opportunity of conducting a very nimble and real orchestra alongside an immensely professional creative team who has carried him through these tumultuous woods.
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Vocal Director
Brii Simmons
Brii is a music and theatre teacher across the Acadiana area holding a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music Education from the UL Lafayette. She grew up singing with her mom and sister, along with a long lineage of vocalists in her family. She serves as Head of the Educational Opportunities Committee for The Looking Glass Theatre Co. She performed in several shows with the UL Opera Theatre in college, as well as Shelby Have's productions of Chicago: The Musical (Katalin Hunyak), Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff), and Rent (Mark's Mom), and TLG's production of 9 to 5 the Musical (Doralee Rhodes.) She's so excited to be music directing with her better half and to have had the privilege of watching this cast and crew create what can only be considered MAGIC!
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Rehearsal Pianist
Lily Ledet
Lily Ledet is a music educator and pianist based in Lafayette, LA. She started her theatre career with the Tea Sippers under the direction of Andrew Vincent, to whom she is eternally grateful. She recently performed in the Looking Glass Company’s “9 to 5” and UL’s production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”. She also acted as music director for Shelby Have’s recent productions of “Rent” and “Rocky Horror”. She is incredibly grateful to be a part of this production of “Into the Woods”, and to have met so many new wonderful friends and artists!
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Set Designer
James Nicholson
James has designed and created sets for The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Leading Ladies, Clue, Alice in Wonderland, and Hay Fever, to list a few. His set for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won awards for set concept and design at TexFest. As an actor, James has performed in numerous productions including Elephant’s Graveyard, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Devil and Daniel Webster, and A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. As a director a few of his productions that were brought to the stage were Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Sordid Lives, Leading Ladies and Royal Spares.
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Stage Manager
Blake Lagneaux
Blake Lagneaux is a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Creative Director, and owner of Black Sheep Studio in Lafayette, Louisiana. He also sits on the Board of Directors for The Looking Glass Theatre Co. Blake is so grateful to have found Wonderland and The Looking Glass, and the chance to combine his life-long love of theatre with his passion for design and illustration. This is Blake's first experience as a Stage Manager, but is thankful that it's for his all-time favorite musical. This production, cast and crew have all been a true joy! See you all in the woods!
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Costume Designer
Shannon M. Billeaud
Shannon M. Billeaud is a costume designer and artist working in Lafayette, LA. She has created costumes for Mardi Gras Krewes as well as for theater, commercial and short film productions. Shannon also has experience in jewelry making, leather working, painting and illustrations. In the past few years she expanded her creative endeavors with landscape paintings and species studies inspired by South Louisiana’s wetlands.

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Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM


Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick


Original Broadway production by:

Heidi LandesmanRocco LandesmanRick Steiner
M. Anthony Fisher        Frederic H. Mayerson      Jujamcyn Theaters      

Originally produced by the Old Globe Theater, San Diego, CA


Into the Woods is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.