URINETOWN: The Musical
Runtime: approx 2 hrs with one intermission
Directed by John Command
Starring Bradley Greenwald and many others!
John Command (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) returns to the Jungle to direct this satirical musical comedy starring Bradley Greenwald and a cast of 20 actors and musicians.
One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, Urinetown: The Musical is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
"Urinetown is a GAS" "packed with laughter"
"exuberant production" "the one to see" "a Broadway-caliber production"
CAST AND CREW
Patrick Morgan (Bobby Strong)
Patrick is extremely honored to make his Jungle Theater debut and work with this ridiculously talented cast and creative team! He has worked locally with Bloomington Civic Theatre, Minneapolis Musical Theater and Jafa Company, with the good fortune to have roles including Tommy (Tommy), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Sweeney Todd (Tobias) and Bright Lights Big City (Jamie). When he's not fighting the powers of Urine Good Company, he can be found at Wayzata Community Church or partnering with his beautiful wife as Morgan Real Estate Team, but most importantly playing his all-time favorite role of "Daddy" to Quincy and Mia.
Tiffany Seymour (Hope Cladwell)
Tiffany is thrilled to be making her second appearance on the Jungle stage (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). She has spent the last year performing and touring with Belladiva in their show Divas Through the Decades. Tiffany has enjoyed performing opera, musical theater, concert and recital repertoire throughout the Twin Cities, including The Schubert Club, The Dale Warland Singers, Rossi's Jazz Club, MMT (Candide), BCT ( A Chorus Line, Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Command Performance, Funny Girl, The Breast of Broadway, Urinetown, Crazy For You). She and her sister, Shannon, performed for years together as duet vocalists for private parties, as well as a concert at The Boston Conservatory of Music. Tiffany is also a full-time certified Pilates and Gyrotonic instructor at The Pilates House. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support, especially her fiance Josiah, whom she will be sharing the stage for a second time at the Jungle!
Bradley Greenwald (Officer Lockstock)
Bradley is a Jungle veteran of In the Next Room, Noises Off, I Am My Own Wife, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Hamlet, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Under Milk Wood, and Torch Song Trilogy. Bradley has performed opera, theater, music-theater, concert and recital repertoire with several Twin Cities' arts organizations, including Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Guthrie Theater, Children's Theatre Company, 10,000 Things Theater, Nautilus Music-Theater, Minnesota Dance Theatre, VocalEssence, Frank Theatre, Minnesota Orchestra, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, A Prairie Home Companion, Skylark Opera, and Ballet of the Dolls. Bradley is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in music, the McKnight Fellowship for Theater Artists, and a 2006 Ivey Award for I Am My Own Wife.
Elisa Pluhar (Little Sally)
Elisa is thrilled to make her Jungle debut in Urinetown, playing one of her favorite roles! Elisa has a B.S. in Speech Communications/Theater from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and an M.A. in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University. While she has taken a hiatus from theater, she still fondly remembers working around the country, including 42nd Street Moon and Palo Alto Players in CA and Fireside Dinner Theatre in Wisconsin. Elisa now works as the Senior Manager of Individual Giving at Public Radio International. All her love to Zack and Lewie!
Gary Briggle (Cladwell B. Cladwell)
Gary is delighted to return to The Jungle stage, have previously taken roles in Hamlet and Dial 'M' for Murder. Recent assignments include "the Fool" in King Lear at Park Square Theater, The Ordway's Broadway Songbook Series: Cole Porter and staging Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro for Dayton Opera in Ohio. He graduated from St. Olaf College in 1975, sang with The Minnesota Opera Company under the visionary director H. Wesley Balk for nearly a decade, and has been a freelance singer-actor and director since 1982, when he took a leave from The Children's Theater Company to earn his Equity status in South Florida. Professional engagements have taken him from Seaside Music Theater and Florida Rep to The Arizona Theatre Company, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Sacramento Opera, Milwaukee's Skylight Music Theater, and regional companies in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, California and Alaska. Locally, Gary has worked with Nautilus Music-Theater, Minnesota Opera, Chanhassen Theatre, Skylark Opera, Frank Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Minnesota Dance Theater, VocalEssence, The Theatrical Music Company/Southern Theater, MN Fringe Festival, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Cerulean River Productions, LOON, The Walker Art Center, The Playwright's Center and The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has also taught at many institutions including The University of MN, North Dakota State University, Boston University, The University of Iowa, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, and now serves on the faculty of SPCPA.
Kersten Rodau (Penelope Pennywise)
Kersten is thrilled to be making her Jungle debut with Urinetown! Locally she's been seen at the Guthrie Theater in H.M.S. Pinafore, She Loves Me, Pirates of Penzance, A Christmas Carol and Sweeney Todd; with the MN Orchestra in Springtime in Paris, MASS and Peer Gynt; at Park Square in Ragtime and Side Show; at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in Xanadu, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Misérables, The Musical of Musicals, Forbidden Broadway, Nunset Boulevard, Oklahoma!, and The Sound of Music; at Ordway Center in Broadway Songbook Series-The Words and Music of Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Stephen Sondheim, and Cole Porter, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and A Grand Night for Singing; at Nautilus Music-Theater in Jon and Jen; at North Star Opera in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; and at Bloomington Civic Theatre in Funny Girl.
Jon Whittier (Officer Barrel)
Jon is honored to be returning to The Jungle Theater in Urinetown! He last appeared at The Jungle as Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Jon has appeared in over a dozen productions at The Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, playing many roles, including Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees. He has also performed numerous roles for The Minnesota Opera. Among those roles are Koko in The Mikado, Goro in Madame Butterfly, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance. For The Guthrie, Jon played Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd, George Read in 1776, and he has appeared in A Christmas Carol. Jon originated the role of Young Max in How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Children's Theatre. Once again, thank you to The Jungle and to Mr. Command for this opportunity!
David Ulrich (Mr. McQueen)
David is proud to reprise his role with director John Command with this stellar cast. This being his second production with the Jungle after playing the old Erronious in "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum", there isn't a theater or a cast in the city that he'd rather be sharing the boards. Recent roles include: PAJAMA GAME (Hines), MUSIC MAN (Marcellus) URINETOWN (Mr. McQueen), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Orin Scrivello, D.D.S.), FUNNY THING...(Hero), THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (Buddy Holly), four national tours and one season with the Medora Musical. During the day, David works as a Senior Event Manager with BI WORLDWIDE and wishes to thank his boss, Joel, for allowing him the time off and his dear friend Janae for taking care of "Pepper" so he could be a part of this production.
JP Fitzgibbons (Joseph "Old Man" Strong)
JP is happy and excited to be performing at the Jungle Theatre. He has appeared with several local companies: Nautilus Music Theater (Man Of La Mancha, Carousel, Songs From An Unmade Bed, John & Jen, Joan of Arc); Door Shakespeare (As You Like It, The Importance Of Being Earnest); Flying Foot Forum (French Twist on the Dowling Stage); Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (Les Misérables, Forever Plaid, Brigadoon, Phantom, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers); Juggernaut Productions (The Wild Party at the Fitzgerald Theatre); The Guthrie Theater (Once In A Lifetime); Ordway Center (Grand Night For Singing); North Star Opera(She Loves Me, Countess Maritza); Dorian Opera (Song Of Norway); Minneapolis Children’s Theater (Raggedy Ann & Andy, The Old Man Who Loved Cheese, 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins); Hey City Theater (Nunsense, A-MEN!); the Thirst series at Joe’s Garage; The Jon Hassler Theatre as well as several years of participation in the Minneapolis Fringe Festival. JP believes the artist’s role in society is not only important but vital and imperative and he is always equally excited to be a part of existing works as well as new artistic creations.
Seri Johnson (Josephine "Ma" Strong)
This is Seri's Jungle Theater debut. Most recently, she was seen as Mae Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in addition to prior roles in Xanadu, All Shook Up, Married Alive andRespect, the Musical Journey of Women. Other Twin Cities credits include HMS Pinafore at the Guthrie and Over the Tavern at the Old Log. Seri is an active voice over and on camera talent, a sector of her career she claims to be ever challenging and delightful. During the holiday season, she can be found singing a festive fa la la in Chick Cheer, a 4 woman A cappella singing group. To appease her constant desire for creativity, she operates a booming home seamstress business aptly named Sew Smiley. Thriving on positivity, growth, change and relishing the variety of experiences life throws her way, Seri is an eternal optimist and loves life. Special thanks to her ever supportive and fantastic husband Paul.
Carl Schoenborn (Senator Fipp)
Carl is very happy to be making his debut on the Jungle's stage. He is a founding member of Gremlin Theatre, where he has acted in over 20 shows, and has also been technical director and resident designer for their 15 years. He's been onstage at Children's Theater Company last year as Capt. Longstocking in Pippi Longstocking, and in Ragtime at Park Square Theater. He performed the title role in Jerry Springer: The Opera, with Minneapolis Musical Theater, and title roles in Sweeney Todd, The Music Man, and Fiorello! with Bloomington Civic Theater. He's also performed at MN History Theater, The Illusion, Actor's Theater of MN, and Theater in the Round, among others. This fall, he will play Thenardier in Les Miserables at Bloomington Civic.
Kim Carlander (Cladwell's Secretary)
Kim was last seen on the Jungle stage as “Gymnasia” in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Kim began her training at the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre. She went on to NYC, and spent 10 years there, which included performing and touring the US, England and Germany. Now back in the Twin Cities, Kim has appeared in numerous local productions including Cabaret, Follies, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Full Monty at BCT.
Josiah Gulden (Dr. Billeaux)
Josiahis excited to return for another hysterical romp at the Jungle! Theatre: C. (multiple roles) with Theater Latté Da, Capital Crimes (Karpis) at History Theatre, The Wizard of Oz (US Tin Man/Lion) at Children’s Theatre Co., A Funny Thing...Forum (Lycus) and Hamlet (Reynaldo) at the Jungle, The Scarlet Pimpernel (Percy/Pimpernel) and Master Class (Tenor) at Bloomington Civic. Concert: Minnesota Orchestra, Ordway McKnight, Theater Latté Da. Josiah is deeply grateful to his family, mentors, colleagues, and most of all his gorgeous, talented, and ridiculously understanding fiancée Tiffany. Proud member, AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Randy Schmeling (Hot Blades Harry)
Randy has been performing on Twin Cities stages for over ten years, appearing in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg with Public Dreams Theatre, Love & Marriage and Fresh Ink at Illusion Theater, 1968 and Raw Stages at History Theatre, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Rocky Horror Show at Ordway Center, Violet and The Full Monty with Theater Latte Da, Macbeth and The Miracle Worker with Torch Theater, Beauty and the Beast and West Side Story at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, and Rocky Horror Show Live! starring Don Shelby with Cardinal Theatricals, among many others. An accomplished voice over talent, Randy can be heard on radio and TV stations across the nation. He frequently performs with Sing-a-long Power Balladz and with Raymond Berg’s Pizazz Band. Randy is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and is thrilled to be making his Jungle Theater debut.
Adam Bradley Moore (Tiny Tom)
Adam is making his second appearance here at the Jungle after having the pleasure of working on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He graduated from MNSU Mankato with a BFA in Acting. In the past he has worked with the 515 Players, BCT Bloomington in Kiss Me Kate, The Light in the Piazza, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Music Man; and Theatre in the Round's Ring Round the Moon. “Thanks to all my friends and family who give me constant support in everything that I do!"
Larissa Gritti (Ensemble)
Larissa is thrilled to be returning to the Jungle stage after appearing in Souvenir. She was recently seen as Ilse in Spring Awakening with Theater Latte Da and as Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street at the Bloomington Civic Theater. She has also worked with the Ordway Center, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Lyric Arts and many productions at the University of MN, Duluth and Anoka Ramsey Community College. International Tour (Japan); Broadway Asia: Joseph...Dreamcoat. A special shout out to my box office and concession peeps. Love to my family and Mark.
Jodi Tripp (Little Becky Two Shoes)
Urinetownmarks Jodi's Jungle Theater debut, and third foray into the world of Public Amenities. Jodi has worked throughout the Minneapolis small theater scene with companies such as: Minneapolis Musical Theater, Bloomington Civic Theater and Ashland Productions and has provided talent for advertising in Fargo/Moorhead and Twin Cities markets. Jodi would like to send her gratitude and thanks to her sister Jackie "for the wheels."
Betti Battocletti (Mrs. Mellenium)
Betti’s most recent credits include Betti in The Ultimate Pajama Party, 42nd Street(Maggie Jones) Bloomington Civic Theatre, The Spitfire Grill(Effy, Choreographer) Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Deal, The Musical(Pearl), The Secret Garden(Mrs. Medlock) Stages Theatre, Fezziwig’s Feast(Mrs. Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present) Actor’s Theatre, The Who’s Tommy(Acid Queen) Pioneer Place Theatre-St Cloud, Vampires! Horror!(Loretta St. James) Table Salt Productions, Gypsy (Mazeppa) Paul Bunyan Playhouse, The Prisoner of Second Avenue(Edna) Bloomington Civic Theatre, The Full Monty(Georgie Bukatinsky) Theatre Latte Da, The Christmas Schooner,Chicago’s Bailiwick Repertory Theatre and Pump Boys and Dinettes(Rhetta) National Tour. Shehas also performed at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, with the Minnesota Jazz Dance Company and the national show band, Casablanca Orchestra.
Rico Heisler (Bobby the Stockfish)
Rico is making his first Jungle appearance. Rico has performed extensively throughout the Twin Cities. Previous credits include: Chanhassen Dinner -- All Shook Up (Chad) and West Side Story (Bernardo); Bloomington Civic Theatre—Kiss Me Kate (Bill/Lucentio),Crazy for You (Bobby) and A Chorus Line (Mike); Minnesota Opera—La Traviata and The Merry Widow (Dancer). Rico holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Northwestern College (St. Paul) and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law. Rico is blessed to share his life with his loving wife, Kari, and sons, Silas, Gideon, and Thaddeus.
Jon Michael Stiff (Billy Boy Bill)
A lifelong dancer and performer, Jon is thrilled to be making his Jungle Theater debut in one of his all-time favorite musicals. Jon has participated in numerous productions around the Twin Cities and in California including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Government Inspector at the Guthrie Theater and The Music Man at Oakland’s Woodminster Amphitheater. He is also a striving choreographer in the metro area and thoroughly enjoys having a hand in both sides of the artistic process.
Kirby Trymucha-Duresky (Soupy Sue/assistant choreographer)
Jungle Theatre: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Ordway Center: Songbook Series – Rodgers, Hammerstein & Hart, Songbook Series – Cole Porter; Bloomington Civic Theatre: 42nd Street, Cabaret, Urinetown, Crazy for You, Music Man, Pajama Game. Training: American Musical and Dramatic Academy – Los Angeles. Kirby would like to dedicate this show in memory of her Auntie Karen.
Danielle Nelson (Ensemble)
Danielle is delighted to be a part of the ensemble in this production of Urinetown! Some of Danielle’s past theatre credits include: Bloomington Civic Theatre (Sweet Charity, My Fair Lady, 42nd Street, Cabaret) and the Minnesota Opera (Hamlet). In addition to theatre, Danielle is also a company member of Sole2Soul Dance Conversion where she has had the opportunity to perform in a variety of shows both locally and in Washington D.C.! This is Danielle’s first show with the Jungle Theatre and feels so blessed to be working with such a fun and talented group of people!
Therese Walth (Old Woman)
Therese is humbled to be making her debut at the Jungle Theatre. Credits include: Chanhassen Dinner Theatre: Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad), Bye Bye Birdie (Ursula Merkle), Paul Bunyan Playhouse: Seussical the Musical (Sour Kangaroo), The Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company: The Pirates of Penzance (Ruth), Bloomington Civic Theatre: Kiss Me Kate, and The Guthrie Theatre: The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Therese wants to thank God, her family, and her friends for their continued love and support. www.theresewalth.com
John Command (Director)
John is thrilled and honored to return to the Jungle, having last directed the Jungle hit of 2011 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. John was first at St. Paul Civic Opera for many shows during his high school and college years. The great fortune of working with many Broadway and Hollywood stars made this an especially wonderful time. Martha Raye, Jane Powell, John Raitt, Helen Gallagher and Anna Maria Alberghetti were among those involved in that period. John went on to the National Companies of Funny Girl, How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying and about 40 shows at the original Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. John directed shows, and won many city-wide awards during his 1997 to 2011 tenure at Bloomington Civic. In Los Angeles, he worked for many situation comedies, among them, The Golden Girls, Evening Shade, Perfect Strangers and Still Standing. Dancing and being part ofThriller, the Michael Jackson video; Prince’s film Purple Rain fun, and the wonderful film, Hello Dolly, fun, fun, fun! All of his shows are always for his mom, Freda, and for such loyal pals Denise, Robin, Chrissy and for Honey. As my pal at AM 950 radio, Nancy Nelson, always says, “Make a Difference.”