Monthly Archives: February 2014

OUAT Themes and Meanings – 1. Hope


Always Hold onto HOPE:

The theme of HOPE has been a staple in the world of Once Upon A Time from the start. We must always hold onto hope, in the darkest night or deepest valley, like a light in darkness or encouragement to keep moving forward. Hope is like fuel, waiting for our spark of action. We must believe in Hope’s power, and believe that it can get us through anything, because sometimes it feels like Hope is all we have. As Snow says in the episode that started it all: “believing in even the possibility of a happy ending is a very powerful thing”. The theme of HOPE has driven all of the Once Upon a Time characters. Can you think of all the hopes that the OUAT characters have held onto in the face of difficulty?

From the hope for love, hope for happiness, hope for a reunion with loved ones, and the hope that things will get better. No matter what life brings us, we must always hold onto hope.

What about you? How has hope and/or holding onto hope been important to you in your life?

Initially submitted by Marissa. Final edit by Jeff Roney.

2014 Hiatus Minisode 6 – Snow Sings, OUAT gets Gooder, Wicked has a name, Adam and Eddy send Red Ruby right over.


This is an official Once Upon a Time podcast dedicated to the hit ABC TV show, Once Upon a Time

This is podcast number 205

Show notes can be found at:

Snow sings
The OUAT Seas are more dangerous now
Alice After the Dark
Vancouver gets more of the Force
OUAT gets Gooder
Wicked has a name
10 Reasons its good to be – Neal

Ginnifer Goodwin confirmed on Twitter that she would be voicing and singing a character in “Sofia the First” on Disney Junior. In the Press Release for Sofia the First, Ginnifer will be voicing the character of the kitchen maid who aspires to be an inventor and making her appearance on April 4th. The vocal cast also includes; How I met your Mother’s Alyson Hannigan, Big Bang Theories’ Melissa Rauch, Isla Fisher, Sean Astin, Oliver Platt, Tracey Ullman, Phylicia Rashad and more

Charles Mesure (Formally of the shows V, and Desparet Housewives) has been cast as Blackbeard.

This is Once-ish. Sophie Lowe (Alice in OUAT in Wonderland) stars as Petra in After the Dark in limited theatrical release February 7th, 2014. The film’s premise “At an international school in Jakarta, a philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.”

ILM expands to Vancouver location. In an article in the Hollywood Reporter about ILM’s new life under Disney ”
In addition to its expansion into the U.K., its Vancouver unit led by supervising producer Randal Shore is beginning to operate out of a new, larger facility in the city’s Gastown section, which Brennan said would allow that team to double from 100 to 200 employees.”

Actress Sunny Mabrey is cast as Glenda the Good Witch

Sunny Mabrey Trivia from imdb;
Named after her uncle Sonny,
Drives a pickup truck and
from Jeff Roney’s opinion –
Sunny has some of the funniest Vines ever!

Sunny’s Vines are hilarious

Her account

Many of her vines on Vinebox

Per Natalie Ambrans a reporter for TV Guide, The Wicked Witch (Rebecca Mader) now has been named Zelena

One meaning is “light”

Another is “Goddess of the Moon”

In the Czech language – “zelena” [зелена]means “green.”

10 Reasons Why It’s Good To Be Neal

#10. You know that the best pizza is in New York, and the second best pizza in
in the Kingdom of Damarian on the north shore of the Dragon Fields of Zorn.
#9. You didn’t inherit your father’s “good looks”.
#8. No child support payments. 
#7. If you ever turn out to be evil, people will understand.
#6. Your closing argument can always be “August made me do it”.
#5. You’re an expert at flying Shadow Air (™ Jeff Roney), and making a Star Map, Shadow Catcher Trap and an “in a pinch” Pasta Collander out of a coconut shell.
#4. Did someone say, blood magic. 
#3. When family comes to visit your apartment in New York, it becomes a Maury show “You are the Father!” segment.
#2. You get picked up on by clumsy women.
#1. You never have to worry about your ex stalking you.

Thanks to Brad Pogras.

Adam and Eddy must be listening to the podcast – Meghan Ory is returning as Ruby/Red. Adam Horowitz Tweeted “Thrilled to say our favorite wolf/waitress Meghan Ory will be returning this season to #OnceUponATime!” Horowitz writes. “Hope to see ya 3/9 #WickedIsComing.”

JMo Rocks the Plaid

JMo leaving Vancouver

She may play the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming in the hit show, Once Upon A Time, but Jennifer Morrison looked more like Little Red Riding Hood on Wednesday.

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2014 Hiatus Minisode 5 – Special Interview with Erin Stegeman and Ace Marrero of the spoof, “Once Upon a Anonymous”


This is Podcast Number 204

Shownotes can be found at

Once Upon a Anonymous creators interview

Writer, Producer, Starring as Emma – Erin Stegeman
Producer, Starring as Aladdin and someone that looks an awfully lot like Hook – Ace Marrero

Opening banter. Hellos.

Erin’s The People of Chipotle

Is it Once Upon A or An?

Erin, Why do a OUAA parody?

Ace and Erin, What drew you to OUAT?

Ask Erin to explain her take on OUAT with OUAA.

What has been the response to OUAA? Best? Funniest?

What is it like during filming an OUAA episode? Is there lots of ad-libbing?

How did you meet/cast the actors?

How do you write? By yourself? Collaborate with others?

Tell us about your next big OUAA project.

What’s a Rock Opera?

What perks will you offer Oncers that donate to help you raise your budget?

Final thoughts. How can Oncers keep up with you and OUAA?

If your company would like to donate product or service to the Rock Opera production or perk of the fundraising, contact them.

OUAA Twitter:

They are creating a Facebook page

OUAA Website:

OUAA Youtube Channel:

IndieGoGo page:


Lumiere (4 episodes, 2013) – E-Kan Soong
Emma (4 episodes, 2013) – Erin Stegeman
Tinkerbell (1 episode, 2013) – Stephanie Carrie
Snow (1 episode, 2013) – Katie Cofield
Edward Scissorhands (1 episode, 2013) – Colin Kramer
Aladdin (1 episode, 2013) – Ace Marrero
Rapunzel (1 episode, 2013) – Kate McDaniel
Ariel (1 episode, 2013) – Nikki McKenzie
Cruella Devil (1 episode, 2013) – Jeremiah Peisert
Hercules (1 episode, 2013) – Daniel Pierce
Maleficent (1 episode, 2013) – Katie Stegeman
Cogsworth (1 episode, 2013) – Jay Stephenson
Abu (unknown episodes) – David Saenz

OUAT Spoof needs our help

In case you haven’t heard about the “Once Upon a Anonymous” video spoofs (IMDB Page: Main website:, let me tell you a bit about them;
The brain child of Erin Stegeman (Her IMDB Page link | Erin’s website), she writes, produces, etc and portays a spot-on Emma, to boot).
This OUAT Spoof’s premise involves a group counseling session that we find “Not every fairy tale character gets a happy ending in Storybrooke. In this Once Upon a Time spoof, you’ll follow some of your favorite outcast characters as they struggle to find serenity with their post-curse identities.” In OUAA you will bump into; Emma (or course), Ariel, Hercules, Tinkerbell, Cogsworth, Aladdin, Cruella Deville, and Edward Scissorhands (Yep, you read that right). It’s a wild parody and the best way to explain it is to watch it. Here are the episodes.

Here is Season 1 episode 1:

Season 1 episode 2:

Season 1 episode 3:

Season 1 episode 4:

The latest news is that Erin has been writing and working with a composer on a Rock Opera for Once Upon A…Anonymous. She needs our help to make the next greatest OUAA Rock Opera episode ever. Check out this video that explains it all!

Link to the IndieGoGo page: