A New Original Musical!

LilYpada is a new, original musical produced by Inland Pacific Ballet that combines musical theater and ballet.


Book, music and lyrics by Hugues-Jocelyn Cano that includes a musical journey in song with Broadway Blues, We Have a Voice, Old Jack Blues, Twisted Beetle Twist, Lilypada Waltz, Who is There?, Gotta Love Your Rancho Oh! and more.



Change is in the air when young Liya learns her mother is planning to move them from New York City to her hometown of Rancho Cucamonga.  Her Grammy and Grandpa are excited, but Liya doesn’t want to leave all her friends at the Performing Arts School. She looks for guidance from her father, but he only gives her a mysterious message about a secret garden.


Falling asleep and dreaming, Liya is transported and lost in an imaginary land inhabited by the Lilypas, beautiful giant dancing butterflies. Ruled by Queen Lilypas, Liya is offered help to get home and introduced to a cadre of comical characters who will keep her safe from the OooAaas and Bat Faith. With help from Libelle, Jack the Turtle, Thorn the Twisted Beetle, Sir Snobby Snail, the Lilypas and others, Liya must go on a quest to find her way home. Along the way, she learns to fly with joy – overcoming her fears and learning to believe in herself while respecting the differences in others.


This is the world premiere of the full production that was workshopped in Summer 2022.


Original music, book, and lyrics by Hugues-Jocelyn Cano.

Director:  Zaylin Elleni Cano 

Music Director:  Marius Beltran

Choreographers: Zaylin Elleni Cano, Joshua Collins, Brandon J and Michael Milligan

Scenic Design:  Daniel C. Nyiri, Robert Wollenzier

Lighting Design:  Stephen Yarbrough


With a Cast of 66 including:

Professional Musical Theater Guest Artists

Inland Pacific Ballet Company

IPB Academy Apprentices/Trainees

IPB Academy Musical Theater Troupe and students

10-member Citrus Singers ensemble

Live music by a 10-piece musical ensemble


Lewis Family Playhouse

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

March 11, 2023 – 2:00pm

March 12, 2023 – 2:00pm


A Peek Behind the Scenes...

Studio rehearsal of Act I, The Tango of Hardship with Liya (Kennedy Percival) and Margaret (Debbie Prutsman) singing and talking about the song “Listen to Me.”
With a cast of 66 that includes seasoned musical theater guest artists, Inland Pacific Ballet Company and Apprentice/Trainee dancers, a 10-member vocal ensemble from the Citrus Singers, IPB Academy students, and a 10-piece live music ensemble.
Meet Old Jack the Turtle , who moves slow and shares the virtue of patience. Playing the dual role of Grandpa and Jack the Turtle is Jonathan Sharp interviewed here.
Meet the Crab Cake Spider Marquis (Michael Milligan of Banning)!. The French Marquis is quite the character! He loves to swing and tap dance, and shares the virtue of embracing foreign cultures. In this video, you see scenes from the workshop performance in the summer of 2022 , (before the full creation of the Marquis’ costume) and studio rehearsal footage from the past week as the cast of 66 prepares for performances on March 11 & 12 at the Lewis Family Playhouse, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

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