2022-2023 Season


Musical based on the 2007 film, performed on the SYT Mainstage Jan. 20-Feb. 5, 2023.

Book by Enda Walsh
Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney

About This Production

From the very first note, Once draws you in and never lets 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.

Director’s Note

From the playbill:

Once is a bittersweet love story told through beautiful music and sung from broken hearts. It captures a moment in time where the people in the story are meant to briefly be together.

Once is a show that resists the stereotypical formula of storytelling in theatre. Unlike in Oklahoma! where there’s opposition in the community between the farmer and the cowman, in Once the community is already brought together by music. Watch how music becomes the catalyst for every event that happens in the story.

When we decided to add this show to our season, we wanted to challenge the youth theatre community to be in a show that is very different. The cast of Once sings, dances, acts, and plays all of the instruments. This happens very rarely in musicals. I remember seeing a revival version of Sweeney Todd where they did the same thing, and Patty Lupone played the tuba and the glockenspiel.

A giant “fair play” (Irish slang) to the cast for working hard “up to 90” (same) since November. Also, “fair play” to Vicki, Katie, Elise, Alec, Ken, Christina, Todd, Josh, Rob A., Falin, Robert, Sam, the Board of Directors and all of you for supporting a youth theatre doing a show like this. We hope you continue to support Spotlight and all Youth Theatre.

Please enjoy this beautiful gift.

Kenny Grossman, Director


GuyBraiden Lee
GirlZoey Waller
BillyEeshan Kumar
Ex-GirlfriendBryn Gibson
SvecCorban Adams
AndrejNicolas Viquesney
RezaAmber Suding
Bank ManagerTodd Corbeil
Emcee / EamonOlivia Martinez
BaruskaChristina Clodt
DaKen Goodenberger
IvankaKacie Snyder

Production Team

Role(s)Team Member(s)
DirectorKenny Grossman
Music DirectorElise Kurbat
ChoreographerKatie Czajkowski
Assistant DirectorAlec Pursell
Scenic DesignRob Adams
Costumer DesignSamantha Utpadel
Lighting & Sound DesignJosh Hontz
Hair & Makeup DesignFalin Ossipinsky
Properties DesignKenny Grossman
Vicki Grossman
Assistant Lighting DesignerEllie Little
Sound / Effects OperatorValerie Winch
Sound OperatorNevaeh Monk
Light OperatorLu Gibson
Cast Musicians
GuitarBraiden Lee
Zoey Waller
Corban Adams
Todd Corbeil
Ken Goodenberger
PianoZoey Waller
Bryn Gibson
ViolinEeshan Kumar
Olivia Martinez
CelloEeshan Kumar
AccordionBryn Gibson
CajonBryn Gibson
Amber Suding
Kacie Snyder
Nico Viquesney
MandolinCorban Adams
Christina Clodt
Ken Goodenberger
BassCorban Adams
Amber Suding
Drums / PercussionNico Viquesney
Ukulele / MelodicaChristina Clodt
CastinetsKen Goodenberger
TambourineKacie Snyder