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Newmark Theatre • January 19-February 17, 2019

Based on the book Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma

Exposing the truth about being yourself and wearing it well.

The story of when rat met hat! Wilbur the Naked Mole Rat was just like all the other naked mole rats – naked – until the day an ordinary hat falls into his tunnel. Wilbur dares to try it on and his life changes forever! But his au naturel friends think he’s crazy and pressure him to give up his clothes-wearing ways. From three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems, this cheeky musical shows that individualism can, and should, be worn proudly!

 

Featuring

Marcelino Hernandez..................Venti
Martin Hernandez............….........Wilbur
John Kish......................………………Grand-Pah; Ensemble
Tina Mascaro...............……………...Weather Mole; Ensemble
Julia Meyers...................…………...Tall
Aida Valentine.............................Grande

 

The Creative Team

Stan Foote...................................Director
Mak Kastelic...............................Musical Director
Megan Smith...............................Choreographer
Jessica Moretti...........................Scenic Designer
Sydney Dufka........................…....Costume Designer
Ian Anderson-Priddy...................Lighting Designer
Rory Stitt................................…...Sound Designer
Emily Wilken......….......…………......Props Master

 

About the Cast

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About the Creative Team

Stan Foote (Director)
Stan has worked for Oregon Children’s Theatre since 1998 and has been the Artistic Director since the 2001-2002 season. Stan is a Drammy and PAMTA award-winning director, and has served on the Board of Directors for Theatre for Young Audiences/USA. His passion for creating new works has led to directing staged readings at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices Festival and NYU’s New Plays for Young Audiences. He had the privilege of working with two Newberry Award-winning authors—Lois Lowry and Louis Sachar—to adapt their novels for OCT’s stages. In addition, Stan’s direction and guidance was instrumental in bringing Eric Coble’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver to audiences in Portland and around the country. Stan loves teaching and mentoring young people in our community. He is grateful to work with a brilliant staff, an amazing board, and the incredible theater artists in Portland, Oregon.

Mak Kastelic (Musical Director)
Mak is a hyper-active keyboardist, independent vocal coach, music teacher & director in the Portland area. He was recently a part of the pit for Pippin at Lakewood Theater Company & music director for John Hughes High: The 1980’s Teen Musical with Staged! & Spring Awakening at Mt. Hood Community College. In addition to theater, Mak covers vocals & synths for Queen Chief, a home-grown psych-rock project, & Grey For Days, an eclectic live-performance troupe. Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience is Mak’s first production with Oregon Children’s Theatre & he couldn’t be more thrilled for the opportunity. In between shows, Mak prefers walking through the deep woods & studies Environmental Safety & Ecology at Mt. Hood Community College.

Megan Smith (Choreographer) 
Megan Smith is excited to be returning to Oregon Children’s Theatre after choreographing Pete the Cat last season. A graduate of Central Washington University with a BFA in Musical Theatre Cum Laude, Megan has been working as a professional choreographer, dancer, singer, actor, and teaching artist. Upon graduation, she was hired as the resident choreographer and dance instructor for the Central BFA Musical Theatre Program. Megan has performed, choreographed, and taught across the Pacific Northwest including OCT, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Pixie Dust Productions, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, and Walt Disney World.

Jessica Moretti (Scenic Designer)
Jessica is proud to be part of Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed at Oregon Children's Theatre! Jessica has designed theatrical productions in NYC, DC, and regionally over the last ten years. Most recently, she designed sets for film at Laika Animation Studio (Missing Link), and theatre at Defunkt Theatre (Slipping) and Broadway Rose Theatre Company (Murder for Two) in Portland. Other credits include set design for the Macy’s Parade Studio (NY), Stella Adler Studio of Acting (NY), Taffety Punk Theatre Company (DC). Thanks to Hunter and to her family for the support, and to OCT for the opportunity!

Sydney Dufka (Costume Designer)
Sydney Dufka Forchielli is a visual storyteller and costumer from Arch Cape, Oregon.  Educated in Chicago and based on both coasts, Sydney spends her time jet setting across the continental 48.  Recent credits include Jasper in Deadland at Oregon Children’s Theatre, Fences at Portland Playhouse, and Sense & Sensibility at Clackamas Repertory Theatre. In addition to designing, Sydney assists the Costume Shop Manager at Portland Center Stage. Upcoming projects include Good Kids at OCT & chocolate heart candies for Valentine’s Day.  For samples of her work, please enjoy sydneydufkadesigns.com.

Rory Stitt (Sound Designer)
Active primarily as a sound designer and composer, Rory has also worked extensively as an actor, orchestrator, and music director. Favorite Oregon Children’s Theatre projects include The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Ramona Quimby. He has performed his solo work at the Kennedy Center (DC) and Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre (NYC).  He is currently arranging 80's B-sides for a local rock orchestra and composing music for Alaskan whales.

Emily Wilken (Props Master)
Emily is a Portland-based artist on staff as the Scenic Charge Artist and Craftsperson with OCT. She also freelance designs and has received the PAMTA “2017-2018 Outstanding Set Design” award for Trails with Broadway Rose Theatre Company and a 2018 Drammy for her properties design for Men on Boats with Third Rail Repertory Theatre. Additionally, she’s worked locally with Action/Adventure Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, CoHo Productions, Corrib Theatre, Enlightened Theatrics, Lincoln High School, Milagro Theatre, Monmouth Independence Community Arts Association, Northwest Classical Theatre Company, Portland Actor’s Ensemble, Portland Playhouse, Profile Theatre, Theatre Vertigo, and Valley Repertory Theatre. www.emilywilken.com