Previous Productions

Once (Spring 2019)

Book by Enda Walsh
Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová

Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney

Directed by Victoria Bussert | In collaboration with Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
February 8 – February 24, 2019 | Mackey Theater
Special Wednesday and Thursday evening performances February 14, 20 & 21

A testament to the transcendent power of love and music takes center stage with Beck Center’s eighth annual collaboration with the esteemed Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program. Once follows a Dublin street musician and a Czech immigrant who 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. Winner of eight Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, a Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theatre Album, and four Drama Desk Awards® including Outstanding Musical, Once speaks to the power of music to connect us all.

"A gem of a show. ...Once wins its standing ovations the old-fashioned way: with a love story, great songs, compelling characters and inventive stagecraft.... downright revolutionary." - The New York Post

"An exquisite reminder of theater's singular capacity to transport us." – The Hollywood Reporter

Cast of Characters
Girl - Kelsey Brown
Guy - Jake Slater
Billy - Eric Graupensperger
Ex-Girlfriend - Erin Niebuhr
Da - Rodrigo Torrejón
Bank Manager - CJ Garbin
Reza - Gillian Han
Baruska - Shelby Griswold
Emcee - Mackenzie Meyh
Eamon - Amelia Beckham
Andrej - Charlie Ray
Svec - Warren Egypt Franklin
Customer - Sam Nasar
Customer - Piper Bruce
Ivanka - Marlowe Miller, Brenna Sherman

Production Staff
Artistic Director - Scott Spence
Director - Victoria Bussert
Choreographer - Gregory Daniels
Music Director - Matthew Webb
Sound Design - Carlton Guc
Costume Design - Susanne Houstle
Scenic Design - Jordan Janota
Dance Captain - Shelby Griswold
Light/Projection Design - Steve Shack
Associate Music Director - Charlie Ray
Assistant Director - Esma Eddeb
Stage Manager - Imani Robinson*
Assistant Stage Managers - Jennifer Landis, Katherine Swartzbeck
Sound Mixer - Angie Hayes
A2 - John Curtis Russell
Follow Spot Operators - Joy DeMarco, Mary Kahelin
Technical Director - Mark DeVol
Master Electrician - Arwyne Dorsey
Associate Scene Design - Kellie Green Fox
Czech Dialect Coach - Matthew Koenig
Irish Dialect Coach - Brennan Murphy
Carpenters - Joe Carmola, Paul Collison, Tom Wang
*Appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association (AEA)