MADELINE'S CHRISTMAS Off-Broadway Premiere on 42nd Street (Dec 2016)

KOTA Productions presented Madeline's Christmas, an enchanting musical based on the beloved book series by Ludwig Bemelman. "In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines," begins the story of Madeline. This holiday season will be unlike any other for Madeline and her friends who get a holiday adventure beyond their wildest dreams. 

Principal cast members included Sophie Knapp (Broadway's Once) as Madeline, Macy Idzakovich as Miss Clavel, Jeff Gorcyca as Harsha/Monsieur Brun and Lisha McKoy as Mrs. Murphy. Zoe Glick will play Madeline at certain performances.

Directed by Laura Luc (Artistic Director of KOTA Productions), with music direction by David Maglione. The creative team includes scenic design by Rob Lavagno, lighting design by Josh Gordon, costume design by Lucy Luc, sound design and assistant direction by Alex Bird.

Photo Coverage: The Cast of MADELINE'S CHRISTMAS Celebrates Opening Night at the Lion Theatre

Photo Coverage: MADELINE'S CHRISTMAS Gets New York Premiere at The Lion Theatre


THE HUNDRED DRESSES to Play NYC Premiere; Laura Luc Directs (Oct 2016)

KOTA Productions will present the upcoming New York City Premiere of Mary Hall Surface’s adaptation of The Hundred Dresses. Eleanor Estes’s The Hundred Dresses won a Newbery Honor in 1945, and continues to be read in classrooms worldwide. The story is based on Estes’ own experience growing up during World War I, when her new Polish classmate did not quite fit in.

The cast features Mia Sinclair Jenness (Les Miserables, Matilda) as Madeline Reeves, Danielle Gordon (Les Miserables) as Wanda Petronski, Spike Christie as Jan Petronski/Mr. Svenson, Luisa Maria Badaracco (Joy) as Shelly Reeves, Benton Sheely (A Little Princess) as Miss Mason, Kaci Walfall (The Lion King, Matilda) as Peggy Thomas, Presley Ryan (Fun Home, The Grinch) as Cecile Allen, William Poon (The King & I) as Willie Bounce, Sean Reda (Les Miserables) as Jack Beggles, and Stephen Sayegh (Pippin) as Jacob Petronski.

Creative team includes scenic design by Rob Lavagno, lighting design by Aaron Porter, costumes by Lucy Luc, with Alex Bird as the Assistant Director. Directed & Produced by Laura Luc.

The Hundred Dresses Opening Night Red Carpet

Production Photos


LYRICS FOR LIFE Benefit for AFSP Sept 10, 2016 at Symphony Space

Mackenzie Ziegler ("Dance Moms") and Casey Simpson (Nickelodeon's "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn") hosted Lyrics For Life on Sat, Sept 10, 2016 at Symphony Space.

Held on World Suicide Prevention Day, the event aims to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health. Proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the nation's largest non-profit dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.

Lyrics for Life was produced by KOTA Productions and Laura Luc. Directed by Laura Luc, with Music Direction by Sinai Tabak. Lighting Design by Michael Catalan, and stage managed by Elizabeth Ann Goodman. 

Lyrics For Life featured a cast of over 130+ young performers under the age of twenty-five, from Broadway, TV, film, singer/songwriters and award-winning dancers. Performers included: Oona Laurence (Matilda, Disney's Pete's Dragon), Annabelle Kempf (Billy Elliot), Laurissa Romain (South Pacific), Ashley Brooke (Doctor Zhivago), Samaya Bouhbal (Runaways), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita), GiaNina Paolantonio (Matilda), Elizabeth Crawford (Tuck Everlasting), Christie Kim (The King & I), Erich Schuett (The Sound of Music), Sophie Knapp (Once), Abbey Rose Gould (Les Miserables), Peyton Ella ("The Sound of Music Live!), Julianna Rigoglioso (Mary Poppins), Caitlyn Kops (The Grinch), Madison Mullahey (Shrek, Mary Poppins), Iris Davies(The Sound of Music), Ben Krieger (The Sound of Music, Pippin), Ethan Haberfield (Mary Poppins), Frenie Acoba (Matilda), Taylor Caldwell (School of Rock), Chris Sumpter (Matilda),Luka Kain (South Pacific), Stephen Sayegh (Pippin), Theodora Silverman (Once), and many more! Special performances by NYC Tap Crew and Dance Attitudes.

Photo Coverage: Go Inside LYRICS FOR LIFE

Lyrics for Life to Be Hosted by Casey Simpson & Mackenzie Ziegler

Director/Producer, Laura Luc, with co-host's Casey Simpson and Mackenzie Ziegler at Lyrics for Life in NYC on Sept 10, 2016

Director/Producer, Laura Luc, with co-host's Casey Simpson and Mackenzie Ziegler at Lyrics for Life in NYC on Sept 10, 2016


Love is Love at The Triad in New York City to Benefit The Trevor Project (June 2016)

Celebrate Pride with Broadway's youngest stars at Love is Love on Tues, June 28th at 7:30 pm at The Triad. Proceeds support The Trevor Project, a national 24-hour confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.

Hosted by Broadway's Neil McCaffrey (Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, Bye Bye Birdie), the lineup includes Frenie Acoba (Matilda), Adam Dorfman (Trevor), Taylor Caldwell (School of Rock), Olivia Chun (The King & I), Elizabeth Crawford (Tuck Everlasting), Joshua Colley (Les Miserables, The Little Mermaid at Hollywood Bowl), Analise Scarpaci (Matilda, A Christmas Story), Christie Kim (The King & I), Sophie Knapp (Once), Tori Murray (Ruthless!), Marquise Neal (Kinky Boots), Michael Nigro ("The Sound of Music Live!"), Devynn Pedell (Mary Poppins), Shereen Pimentel (The Lion King), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita), Ava Ulloa (Matilda), Clara Young (The Grinch), Violet Young (Number the Stars). Presented by KOTA Productions under the direction of Laura Luc, with accompaniment by David Maglione.

Photo Flash: KOTA Brings LOVE IS LOVE to The Triad to Support The Trevor Project

LOVE IS LOVE Benefit Set for The Triad, 6/28


School of Rock at Union County Performing Arts Center (May 2016)

The brand new Broadway musical, SCHOOL OF ROCK YOUTH PRODUCTION was performed May 2016 at the Union County Performing Arts Center, a historical 1,300 venue where scenes from the original School of Rock movie were filmed. The show featured a pit band, and live onstage actor-musicians. www.ucpac.org

Directed & Produced by Laura Luc.

Rehearsed at Ripley-Grier Studios and Smash Studios in NYC.


Lyrics for Life: LA at NHPAC in Los Angeles to Benefit the AFSP (March 2016)

KOTA presented LYRICS FOR LIFE at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Hosted by Madisyn Shipman ("Game Shakers", Broadway's Enron) and Casey Simpson ("Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn"), the event featured talent from TV, film, Broadway, singer/songwriters, dancers, and musicians. 

Directed and produced by Laura Luc, the evening featured music direction by Edward Bell. Proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, an organization that raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.

Photo Flash: Broadway, TV, Film, Music and Dance Stars Take Part in KOTA's LYRICS FOR LIFE

Photo Flash: Madisyn Shipman, Casey Simpson and More Walk the Red Carpet at KOTA's LYRICS FOR LIFE

Full Cast Announced for LYRICS FOR LIFE Benefit in Los Angeles