April 26th - July 1st
5 Added Shows added due to demand - 5/27, 5/30, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, all at 8pm



The Story

Based on the Movie of the same name, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.

The Music

Features the hit songs “Falling Slowly,” “If You Want Me,” and “When Your Mind’s Made Up.”

Content Guide

Once contains coarse language, including a many instances of the F word. It alludes to sexual situations. There is no nudity. Were it a movie, it would likely be rated R for the course language only.





Critical Praise for Once 

Director-choreographer Valerie Rachelle and her production staff have once again created a production that resonates because of many factors — its mood-enhancing lighting, staging and dazzling choreography. “Once” is a musical worth seeing more than once.

Lee Juillerat

Klamath Falls Herald & News

This is an intimate , bittersweet and simultaneously entertaining hit that has already generated significant buzz. Opening night played to a full house. I’ve no doubt that the success of the show will continue, and that audiences will leave “Once” with a strong desire to see it twice

Jeffrey Gillespie

Ashland Daily Tidings

...at once personal and universal, joyous and anguished, uplifting and bittersweet. It's funny. It's moving. It's natural and utterly real.

Kathleen Alaks

Grants Pass Daily Courier

"Once, the Musical,” a simple Irish love story about a Dublin boy and a Czech girl, is elevated by a quirky set of characters and an unusual and creative integration of orchestra and performance.

Maureen Flanagan Battistella

Medford Mail Tribune





Social Media Praise for Once 

From our Facebook page:

"You've done it again, Fabulous Show. The new menu is wonderful and the food was great. Thank you Cabaret."

"Top notch theatre. Thank you!"

"Attended Sunday matinee with my husband & my mom. Loved every minute of this show!"

"Loved it"

"love-love-loved it. Will go again"

"Awesome show, my daughter and I fully enjoyed the performance on Monday / May 7th"

"I saw this play today... Loved all the musicians and the songs! Wonderful play!!"

"So many wonderful performances in this. Great job, everyone!"

"Mind blowingly great show!!!"

"Amazing show!!"

"EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT Play everyone is great, emotional, you have to see it"


We saw the musical "Once" and it blew us away. The building is gorgeous, the staff friendly and helpful, the food was amazing and the performance was outstanding. We will definitely be going again!!

Rachel Moore on Google Reviews

Go see "Once." Well done! Tasty dinner for dinner theater!

Melissa Grudin on Google Reviews

We have been here several times for different shows. Many of them have Broadway themes and the performers have been top notch, with great talent. We do dinner locally then order one of their sumptuous deserts. This theater has exceeded our expectations due to their high quality production.

4-cents-worth on Tripadvisor





Meet the Cast

Christopher Fordinal*

Christopher Fordinal*


Performance credits include Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis) - Oregon Cabaret, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Flat Rock Playhouse, Arrow Rock Playhouse, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, and The Citadel (Edmonton, CA) Buddy Holly in Concert (Buddy) - Flat Rock Playhouse, and Little Princess with Andrew Lippa (Final Workshop). Christopher would like to “thank his beautiful bride and family for all their support. As well as his Savior, Jesus Christ, for His incredible faithfulness.” Feel free to follow Christopher on Instagram @christopherfordinal.

Olivia Nice

Olivia Nice


OLIVIA NICE (Girl in Once) is performing for the first time with Oregon Cabaret Theatre. Other performance credits include Kate Hamill's Sense & Sensibility (Marianne) at The Studio/New York, Fool For Love (May), Appropriate (River), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (The Player), God of Carnage (Veronica) at Princeton Summer Theater, The House on Poe Street (Argonne) at the 14th St Y, and many new works with Poetic Theater Productions in NYC. She has a B.A. from Princeton University. Follow Olivia at www.olivianice.com.

Livia Genise*

Livia Genise*


Livia was last seen on the Oregon Cabaret stage as Dotty in Noises Off! Other roles include Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, Eleanor in The Lion in Winter, Patsy Cline in Always...Patsy Cline, Mama Rose in Gypsy, Laura Keene in Sockdology, Sister Aloysius in Doubt, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, The Witch in Into the Woods, Maria Callas in Master Class, Rebecca in Rags, Titania in Another Midsummer Night, Mrs. Shubert in Sheer Madness, Josie Charles in The Big Broadcast and Rizzo in Grease on Broadway. Genise has also directed over 50 plays and musicals. Artistic Director for the Camelot Theatre for over 14 years, she is now the AD for LiviaGeniseProductions.org.

John Lambie

John Lambie


OCT: Herr Schultz, Cabaret; Jim, The Pine Mountain Lodge; Mr. Maraczek, She Loves Me. Other theatres: Norman Thayer, On Golden Pond; Scrooge, The Christmas Carol; Inspector LeStrade, Hound of the Baskervilles; Arthur, Camelot; Professor Higgins, My Fair Lady; File, 110 in the Shade; Vincentio, Taming of the Shrew; Mr. Lundie, Brigadoon; Abner Dillon, 42nd Street; Sky Masterson/Nathan Detroit/Benny Southstreet, Guys and Dolls; Capulet, Romeo and Juliet; Bellamy in The Fantasticks; Virgil Blessing in Bus Stop; directed over 50 productions; taught drama in Utah, California and Scotland. Education: BA Theatre, MS Education, University of Utah. John would like to say, “Congratulations on another great season to the entire Cabaret family.”

Chuck McLane

Chuck McLane


Chuck is making his debut with Oregon Cabaret. Other performance credits include Genie-Aladdin (Disney),The Vagabond-The Tavern (TGAM), Charlie Cowell-The Music Man (Utah Shakes), Game of Thrones: The Musical (LA/SD), Will Conklin-Ragtime (PCPA) Film credits include: Lie To The Devil, Live to Dream Again (Dan Franklin Music Video); Television: 67th annual Emmys (Opening Number w/ Andy Samberg). Chuck would like to say, “Thanks to Val and Rick for this fantastic opportunity! Love to my family and my wife, Bree.”

Charlotte Morris

Charlotte Morris


Charlotte is making her Oregon Cabaret debut. Select Chicago credits include Fugitive Songs at Boho Theatre, Big River at Theatre at the Center, Running! at Stage 773. Favorite Northwestern University credits: Dogfight (Marcy), Rent (Maureen), Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman). Charlotte is also a composer and was awarded The Paynter Award for the Creation of Music for her work on The 86th Annual Waa-Mu Show. She would like to thank Michael and Ellery at The Roster Agency as well as her family for their continued support. Find Charlotte on Instagram and Twitter @charmor17 or visit www.charlotteamorris.com

Paul Henry

Paul Henry


Paul is excited to be making his OCT performance debut. He has been most recently seen as Ralph Sheldrake in White Christmas at Sierra Repertory Theatre.  Other regional credits include Berkeley Repertory Theatre, PCPA, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Santa Cruz Shakespeare , the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, the Great American Melodrama and Sacramento Theatre Company. Paul holds a BA in acting from CSU, Fresno and is a graduate of PCPA. He would like to thank his family, both biological and hand-picked, for their constant love and support. Visit www.paulhenry.me to learn more!

Mike Wilkins

Mike Wilkins


Prior OCT musical director credits include Chicago, The All Night Strut, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Other regional credits include The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical, Schoolhouse Rock, and Coraline (Children's Theatre of Charlotte). Rock of Ages, Dream A Little Dream, and Passing Strange (Actor's Theatre of Charlotte). Notable past productions include The Rocky Horror Show (The Old Globe Theatre), Jerry Springer The Opera, and The Who's Tommy (The Chance Theatre).

Haley Forsyth

Haley Forsyth


Prior OCT shows include She Loves Me (Ensemble), Noises Off (Understudy - Belinda, Brooke, Poppy - appearances as Poppy). Other regional credits include Florence Vassey in Chess, The Musical (Livia Genise Productions); Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (Nevada Repertory Theatre); Miranda in The Tempes (Good Luck Macbeth); Helene / Understudy Charity in Sweet Charity (Camelot Theatre); Ellen in Wounded (Merry War Theatre Group); Woman in Marry Me a Little (Randall Theatre). Haley would like to thank “my family, my boyfriend, and all those who support me in my passions in the arts. And thank you to Val and Rick for the continuous opportunities you give me to grow and thrive."

Cat Patterson

Cat Patterson

Bank Manager

Cat is thrilled to be making her Oregon Cabaret Theatre debut! Some of her past credits at other theaters include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Stronger, Hamlet, and most recently a performance of OktoberZest. She has been involved with numerous films, including the recent film On Duty. Cat would like to thank her family for always supporting her and listening to her practice for all those years.

Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer


is making his debut performance at Oregon Cabaret. Other performance credits include Wells/Ensemble in Freaky Friday (Circa '21), Ensemble - Monty Python's Spamalot (Studio Tenn), Swing - A Charlie Brown Christmas (Nat'l Tour), David - Company (Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC), Leo Frank - Parade (BUMT). He has also served as composer/lyricist, director, videographer/editor for Delivery: An Original Musical. Michael would like to say, “Thanks to Mom, Dad & Anna, Erin Thompson & David Shamburger."

Izzy Fichera

Izzy Fichera


Select performances. Izzy is delighted to be making her Oregon Cabaret Theatre debut. She has been seen previously as Josie in the silent film The Royal Players, as well as portrayed the son of Dr. Frankenstein at Randall Theatre's Young Frankenstein The Musical, and Tiny Tinky at the Nightmare Chamber Haunted House. Her other credits include performances through the Randall Theatre Youth program in Dead in Her BedThe Wizard of Whittle Wood, and Darker Seuss. Her first time on stage was as Tiny Tim in Traveling Lantern Theatre Company's 2014 performance of A Christmas Carol.

Ava Monarch

Ava Monarch


Select performances. Ava began acting with The Ashland Childerns Theater last summer 2017 and it didn't take long for her to discover how much she loved being on stage. She very quickly expressed that her dream is to be a actress in Hollywood one day! She also really loves to sing, dance, practice aerial silks, and spend time playing with her little brother and her friends. Ava is so excited to experience her first full stage production with the Cabaret Theater and looks forward to what the future may bring!

The Team

Director/Choreographer - Valerie Rachelle
Co-Director - Lauren Blair
Musical Director - Michael Wilkins
Set Designer - Joe C. Klug **
Stage Manager - Julie Bangs
Assistant Stage Manager - Jessica Lynn Dutra
Lighting Designer - Chris Wood **
Costume Designer - Lauren Blair
Sound Designer - Graham Howitt
Costume Shop Manager - Makayla Royer
Prop Designer - Drew Bangs
Dialect Coach: Stefan Espinosa
Technical Director/Production Manager - Christopher Burkhardt
Assistant Technical Director - Nico Hewitt
Scenic Construction - Christopher Hamby


Girl/Svec - Haley Forsyth
Guy - Chuck McLane
Da - Eric Connolly
Billy/Bank Manager - Christopher Hamby
Ex-Girlfriend/Reza - Lindee Newman
Baruska - Cyd Ropp

* Member, Actors' Equity
** Member, IATSE