Music by: Mark Hollman
Lyrics by: Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis
Book by: Greg Kotis
In Urinetown, a long-standing drought has led to a terrible water shortage. Citizens struggle with the government-imposed ban on private toilets and strict restrictions on where and when folks can go. One malevolent company holds the keys to the only option for relief, but not everyone is willing to pay the price anymore. As the people fight for their rights, a hero will rise and bring forth an uprising to lead them all to freedom. This irreverent story brings perspective and comedic flair to the story of a young man who gives all he has for his right to stand for what he believes.
Summer Independent Cast Members for Urinetown:
ADELAIDE LARAMY [she/her] (Little Sally) is excited to be playing Little Sally in her first KIDSTAGE Issaquah production. She has been working with Everett KIDSTAGE for 5 years and her favorite shows were School of Rock, (Summer) and Aladdin Jr (Genie). She is excited to be working with the KIDSTAGE community.
ANGELA FAITH (Ensemble) is so excited to be in this production of Urinetown! After a four-year hiatus from musical theatre, Angela is ecstatic to be back on stage. She has loved getting to work with this incredibly encouraging and talented team and cast! Enjoy the show!
PIP LEIPER [they/them] (Little Becky Two Shoes) is going into their senior year of high school. Previous KIDSTAGE credits include; The Little Mermaid, All That Glitters and The Gray Area. They are very thankful for their theatre family and connection those relationships bring, and is excited to bring one of their favorite shows of all time to life!
COLE HARBAK (Senator Fipp) is very excited to be in Urinetown. He has previously performed in Aladdin Jr., Mary Poppins (Michael Banks), and The Lion King Jr. (Timon). Special thanks to his family for the support and to Ritz and Pretzel (his cats) for being cute.
COLIN BIXLER [he/him] (Officer Barrel) is excited to be back in person and acting on stage again! Most recently he participated as a writer in Not So Grim from KIDSTAGE Originals. Colin would like to thank his family, friends, the team, and everyone who continues to wear a mask!
COOPER PEREZ (Bobby Strong) is honored and privileged for this opportunity. Previous shows include: Rent at KIDSTAGE and Little Women, The Wedding Singer, Mamma Mia and Les Misérables . He thanks the cast, crew, production team and Village Theatre for an amazing return to live theatre!
DREW BATES [he/they/she] (Penelope Pennywise) Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, musical theatre ’24. Previous roles include Eugene in Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues (Lakewood Playhouse, South Sound Theatre Excellence Nominee), Todd in The Wrath of the PTA (ITF Premier). Love and thanks to my parents and Kyle.
ELENA FERRY [she/her] (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back on stage this summer at Village Theatre! She has missed theatre tremendously over the past year and a half. Her previous productions include Newsies, Little Mermaid and Freaky Friday at Village Theatre, and It’s A Wonderful Life over quarantine.
ERIN MCCLARY [she/her] (Ensemble) is excited to be part of another Village Theatre KIDSTAGE show, and to return to in-person theatre. Previous shows include She Kills Monsters and Rent.
IZZY RAMPERSAD [she/her] (Soupy Sue) is beyond excited to be returning to in-person theatre and be in her first ever KIDSTAGE production. She would like to thank all her acting, singing and dance teachers for their support in her musical theatre journey, her friends and family and of course the amazing cast and crew of Urinetown. Enjoy the show!
JOSH MILLER [he/him] (Mr. McQueen) is so excited to be back in-person at Village Theatre for another show! Josh has previously been in The Little Mermaid (Flounder) and 13 (Evan Goldman) at KIDSTAGE, and has played Prince Christopher in Cinderella, Young Turk in Tarzan, and Allan-A-Dale in Robin Hood in school shows. Enjoy!
KAIA RUBIN [she/her] (Ensemble) is so excited to be working on this show! Past roles include, Dolly/Colt in Black Beauty at Seattle Children’s Theatre, Youth Ensemble in Little Mermaid at Village Theatre, Oliver in Oliver at Studio East, and Wendy in Peter Pan at Studio East.
LACEY JACK [she/her] (Hope Cladwell) “As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” – Mary Anne Radmacher. Thank you for coming to support us, we’ve missed you! Much love to our gracious donors.
LEAH SAMPSON [she/her] (Josephine Strong) is so excited to finally be back on stage in Urinetown! Leah was most recently on the writing team for The Gray Area this year during the Kidstage Originals Festival. Past performances include Freaky Friday (Torrey) and Shrek (Mama Ogre/Blind Mouse).
LUKE WENCESLAO (Joseph Strong/Hot Blades Harry) will be a senior pursuing a BFA in musical theatre at Pacific Lutheran University. He would like to thank the production team of Urinetown for a chance to perform in-person again, as well as his family for supporting his pursuit of musical theatre.
LYDIA VAN KLEY [she/her] (Mrs. Millennium/Ensemble) is so excited to perform in her first show at Village Theatre! Lydia is a high school student involved choir and theatre. She’s like to thank her family and friends for all their support and love!
MAISY WAGNER [she/her] (Dr. Billaux/Ensemble) has been dancing since she was three years old and hasn’t stopped since. She is so excited to be a part of an in person show again and can’t wait for you to see Urinetown at Village Theatre, enjoy the show! (bathroom’s free don’t worry!)
MICHAEL GRAHAM [he/him] (Billy Boy Bill/Ensemble) is very excited to be a part of Urinetown. This is his third year at Village Theatre, and he can’t wait to continue productions through his senior year. He gives thanks to the Village Theatre community and their programs through the past years.
MIKEY MARTIN [he/him] (Caldwell B. Cladwell) is so excited to be playing Mr. Cladwell in his second Village Theatre show. Other shows Mikey has been a part of have been Tuck Everlasting (Hugo) and My Fair Lady (Freddy). He is so excited to be back doing some amazing theatre.
OLIVIA THOMAS [she/her] (Tiny Tom) is thrilled to make her Village Theatre debut. She is currently a student at New York University. Olivia began acting at the age of 5, and has been in theatre for 15 years. To her parents and brother- LYGLYT.
RILEY STOWELL [he/him] (Officer Lockstock) began acting at 16. He briefly studied at Rose Bruford College in London; an experience sadly cut short by COVID. He is positively chuffed to be appearing in his first show with the Village theatre, and grateful for the opportunity to act again. Riley thanks you heartily for attending Urinetown, and encourages you to take shorter showers.
Marisol González (Director)
Activist, student, and performer of over a decade, Marisol actively seeks out abstract mindsets, challenges, and different ways to elevate the voices of others within the artistic community. After auditioning on a whim, Marisol found her home at Village, making her KIDSTAGE debut in the 2018 Summer Independent Production of Sister Act. Since then, she has participated in numerous projects with the company as both cast and crew, while also taking advantage of Village Theatre’s training programs and assorted workshops along the way. As she studies for her Bachelor’s in Education, she integrates the skills gained from her degree, Summer Independent, Seattle Public Theatre, Broadway Collective, as well as guidance from her directorial mentors into the work she partakes in Los Angeles, California. Marisol looks forward to utilizing this process with her team as a catalyst for success within the influential art of storytelling.
Kathryn Newbury (Choreographer)
Kathryn Newbury continually pursues new experiences, adversity, and learning opportunities to continue to be a lifelong student in the art of theatre. Newbury found her love for choreographing when thrown into the position for Narnia the Musical. Since then, she has continued to choreograph and perform in numerous productions with various theatre companies. She constantly strives to be a voice for the plus-size community in her work and will continue to show that people of all sizes are capable of outstanding performance. She is currently earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting with a minor in dance from Western Oregon University, and looks forward to using the knowledge she gains from all of her opportunities in each story she tells.
Andres Fierro (Music Director)
Andres Fierro is a musician, composer, and performer from Los Angeles, California. Finding his initial call to the arts in a community theatre production of Singin’ in the Rain, Andres has pursued film, theatre, and music for the past few years, and found himself studying music and sound design at Chapman University. Through the years, he’s worked on many productions, both on and off stage, playing roles such as Usnavi in In the Heights and Tony in West Side Story, and assistant director and assistant musical director for several community theater shows. As a composer, Fierro has worked on several student films and plays. His music, as all his work in the arts, aims to elevate stories that inspire, evoke, and portray life in all its hardships and its beauty. Andres looks forward to the chance of spreading and sharing his experience and knowledge, and more so, to continue to grow alongside emerging artists of all kinds.
REBECCA STROM [she/her] (Scenic Designer) is a scenic designer and artist from the PNW, who graduated from Cornish College of the Arts ‘21 with a BFA in performance production. This is her fourth year in the Summer Independent Program. Past Village Theatre credits include RENT school edition (Summer Independent Production 2019), Tuck Everlasting (Summer Independent Production 2020), and Bring it On the musical (costume design, Summer Independent Production 2018). Most recently, she was the scenic designer for The Drowsy Chaperone at Cornish College of the Arts (2021). She’s overjoyed to be back in the theatre!
DANIELLA HERNANDEZ [she/her] (Costume Designer) recently graduated from Cornish College of the Arts and is really excited to be working with artists from Washington for the first time at the KIDSTAGE Summer Program.
ROBERT MATOS [he/him] (Lighting Designer) recently completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts with an emphasis on production and lighting. His previous designs at Cornish College of the Arts include The Drowsy Chaperone directed by Rich Gray and Macbeth directed by Sheila Daniels. He has also designed in various venues around Seattle such as The Can Can, The Dandylion, The Erickson Theatre, and Velocity Dance Studio. To view his portfolio of work go to www.robertjmatos.com
ROBIN LOGERSTEDT [they/them] (Properties Master) is excited to continue their KIDSTAGE journey with Spitfire Grill and Urinetown this year. They are very excited to be able to enrich the shows with properties. As their 4th and probably final Summer Independent Production as a student, it is amazing to be closing out their time as an intern while returning to theatre in a triumphant way. Enjoy the show!
LINNEA FIELDS (Sound Designer) is excited to be returning to Summer Independent for her fourth year. She currently attends the University of Arizona, where she is pursuing a double major in theatrical sound design and speech & hearing sciences. She would like to thank her friends and family for all of their support!
ANDREW LONG [he/him] (Technical Director) comes back to us after working on Tuck Everlasting last summer, and could not be more thrilled to be live theatre again. The only difference is that he now has his BFA in Performance Production, focusing in technical direction, from Cornish College of the Arts. He was astonished at what the team was able to accomplish last year, and is ecstatic to see what this team does.
ALYX KRUGER [she/her] (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to Village Theatre’s Summer Independent Program for a second season! Her past credits with Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE program include Tuck Everlasting, Trust Me, and Legally Blonde. She is currently a rising senior at Whitman College pursuing a double major in theatre and religious studies. When she isn’t in the theatre or rehearsal room, Alyx enjoys hiking, cooking, and doing DIY projects.
STEFANIA GIRON ZULUAGA [she/her] (Assistant Stage Manager) is currently a student at Seattle University with a double major in theatre and arts leadership with a minor in business administration. Recently she has stage managed Uncharted Waters: Bodies of Water, The Zoom Edition, and Beethoven and Misfortune Cookies. She is grateful for her friends and family supporting her throughout this process and hopes you enjoy the show!
CONNOR MCKENNA [he/him] (Dramaturg) is a rising senior at NYU Tisch studying dramatic writing and linguistics. This is Connor’s first production position at KIDSTAGE, though he has acted with Summer Independent before, playing Mark in 2019’s production of RENT. Connor is an aspiring playwright and dramaturg, as well as the current co-president of the Broke People Play Festival at NYU. He plans on attending graduate school to further study dramaturgy.
SOPHIE COLLINS [she/her] (Production Manager) is a fourth year at Seattle University with a double major in theater and arts aeadership with a minor in business administration. Working in technical theatre is Sophie’s true passion, and she is ecstatic to have been to work as the production manager for this production. She is forever grateful that her first show back in person is also her first production with KIDSTAGE! She would like to thank her mom and friends for their continuous support.
JOEL ARPIN [he/him] (KIDSTAGE Production Manager) is always thrilled to be a part the KIDSTAGE staff! Joel is now in his seventh year as the KIDSTAGE Production Manager. Joel is also a proud KIDSTAGE alumni from the KIDSTAGE Everett program. He is part of the Health and Safety Committee at Village Theatre, helping plan all the safety measures to assist in our return to live theatre this summer. He graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Theatrical Management and Design.
SUZIE C. BIXLER [she/her] (Associate Director of Youth Education) directed Aida: School Edition, Little Mermaid Jr., Seussical Jr., 13, High School Musical, The Secret Garden, Les Misérables, and the 2005 Last Exit for KIDSTAGE. In her 15-year tenure with KIDSTAGE, she has produced over 70 shows for KIDSTAGE including ten original musicals. Suzie has a B.A. in theatre arts from WWU with concentrations in both directing and acting. Congratulations to the cast and production team!
KATI NICKERSON [she/her] (Director of Youth Education and Community Outreach) Kati directed her first production at 12 years old and in High School, she played her favorite roles as Nellie in South Pacific and the Artful Dodger in Oliver! Kati attended Western Washington University where she studied theatre through the Actors Intensive program, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with an emphasis in theatre and education. Kati then enjoyed a 10-year career in communications and marketing before her next move was made clear as she witnessed the positive impact of theatre education on her two young children. In 1996, Kati founded SKY Theatre in Snohomish County. Two years later she joined Village Theatre. For 23 years, Kati has been the driving force of what is now one of the largest and most in-depth theatre arts education programs for youth in the country. Over 1 million people in King and Snohomish County have been impacted by Village Theatre’s youth education program since she took the helm. Over half are young people from 3 to 20. Today the programs serve 26,000 diverse youth each year throughout the region, with dedicated theatre facilities in both Issaquah and Everett. Kati leads through her philosophy of “Skills for Theatre …Skills for Life” and ensures that staff and theatre artists are skilled at providing not only exceptional arts education but also 21stCentury, and social emotional skills. Kati developed free outreach programs including in-school workshops, sensory friendly performances and theatre in the Wetmore Plaza in Everett. Kati has the second longest tenure on the senior staff of Village and is an active leader in equity, diversity and inclusion efforts for the program and organization. She serves on Everett’s Cultural Commission, and in 2014 received the Everett Mayors Arts Award for her achievements and contributions to theatre education.
“Urinetown uses blatant honesty to expose opinions fueled by fear of the unknown. Whether it be for financial advancement or simply to maintain control of the wider public, Greg Kotis, lyricist and playwright, satirizes the legal system, social irresponsibility, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics to show that change can be made by those who are willing to speak up.
Urinetown is the epitome of how privilege affects the way we view others whose lives differ from our own and shows the flaws in perception of both the oppressed and oppressors. It not only simplifies social justice for those unable to fully comprehend lifestyles affected by classism discrimination, but does so engagingly, catering to wider audiences.” – Marisol González, Director
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