De Novo Theatre Company


Like the Latin term, de novo, the De Novo Theatre Company aims to bring new life to forgotten or little-known musicals.  Presenting these buried treasures in concert with limited staging, the De Novo Theatre Company hopes to entertain their audiences in the Philadelphia areas while inviting them to appreciate the many charms of these hidden gems.

Upcoming Projects



by Dennis T. Giacino

November 22 - 23

The Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts - Burlington, NJ

Directed by John D. DiFerdinando

Music Direction by Adam Chen

Choreography by Patricia Curley

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight.

*Not suitable for children*

Friday, November 22nd - 7:30 pm (Opening night reception to follow)*

Saturday, November 23rd - 3:00 pm, 7:30 pm

*Joining us on November 22 will be Dennis T. Giacino (Co-Creator/Composer) and Fiely Matias (Co-Creator/Original Director) for a special talkback!

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Meet the Cast


Rachel DeMasi (Snow White) is so excited to be a part of this amazing show with such fantastic women! Rachel recently celebrated her 6th year at the PA Renaissance Faire as part of the all-women comedy troupe The Washing Well Wenches. This holiday season, she will be returning to the Walnut Street Theatre in their production of A Christmas Carol as Mrs. Fezziwig/Solicitor. Other credits: Pinkalicious the Musical (WST), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (The Ritz Theatre), Beehive the '60s Musical (Broadway Theatre of Pitman), Peter Pan-u/s track (Arden Theatre), Skippyjon Jones (WST). So much love to Jim, my friends, and my family.

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Patricia Curley (Cinderella) is so excited to be playing one of her favorite Disney Princesses in this production of Disenchanted! She is a Music Theater graduate from Rider University (‘15) & has appeared in community theater productions in both PA and NJ. Previous shows include Oklahoma! (Laurey), Into the Woods (Little Red), Smokey Joe’s Café (DeLee), and The Sound of Music (Liesel). A HUGE thank you to her family and friends for their love & support, onstage & off!

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Barbara Burke Sherman (Sleeping Beauty) has been performing across the tri-state area for more than 20 years.  Favorite roles include Diana (Next To Normal), Lucy (Jekyll & Hyde), Dot (Sunday in the Park with George), Mamma Rose (Gypsy) and Dolly Levi (Hello Dolly), just to name a few. In her personal life, Barbara is a Disney Crazed woman.  In her dreams, she’s always wanted to be a princess (well, who wouldn’t!).  She wants to thank John for giving her the chance of a lifetime and making her “dreams come true”.  Also, even though she isn’t a princess to the world, she is married to a prince.  Thank you Michael for all your love, patience and encouragement.  You make life “A whole new world”.

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Ilana Lo (Hua Mulan/Pocahontas/Princess Badroulbadour) was born and raised in Hong Kong, and grew up taking ballet lessons. She found a love for performance through dance and came to the USA to study Musical Theatre at Temple University in Philadelphia. After graduating, she pursued stage combat and became a recognized actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and the Academy of Fight Directors Canada. To this day, Ilana aspires to subvert stereotypes through stage, screen, and sardonic humor.

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Hillary Wilson (Little Mermaid/Belle/Rapunzel) is excited to be playing some of her favorite princesses in this hilarious show! Regional: Lend Me a Tenor (Resident Theatre Co.), A Year in the Trenches, Within the Law (East Lynne Theater), A Christmas Carol, Fiddler on the Roof (Ocean City Theatre Co.), The Fantasticks (Broadway Theatre of Pitman). TV/Film: The History Channel, Recovery Centers of America, and Happy Yummy Chicken, starring Taryn Manning. She is a proud graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. Love to Dave and Ralphie.

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Taylor J. Mitchell (Princess Who Kissed the Frog) is so excited to be making her debut with De Novo Theatre. She is a new Philly actress and recent credits include Lysistrata: Cross Your Legs Sister (Lysistrata), Cabaret (Frenchie) at the Bucks County Performing Arts, Fly Guy (Fly Girl), Civil War Voices (Elizabeth Keckley u/s), Pinkalicious the Musical (Allison), and A Christmas Carol (Belle) all at the Walnut Street Theatre. She gives special thanks to the production team and cast of Disenchanted, family, friends, and her mother - her biggest cheerleader. Instagram: @taymitch__,