Moraine Valley Community College
Academic Theater Department

Nov. 4-13, 2022

Dorothy Menker Theater

Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollann
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis

Directed by Dr. Craig Rosen

Cast (in alphabetical order)

Lidia Bravo—Soupy Sue
Lauren Buss—Little Becky Two Shoes
Isabel Ellison —Josephine Strong
Ryan Flynn—Caldwell B. Cladwell
Aron Gomez—Bobby Strong
Joe Gomez—Old Man Strong
John Kladis—Hot Blades Harry
Hannah Koljer—Mrs. Millennium
Aidan McGuire—Mr. McQueen
Danielle Nattsas—Dr. Billeaux
Dean Papadopoulos—Officer Lockstock
Skylar Post—Little Sally
Kira Savegnago—Penelope Penny
Jason Suwaidan—Tiny Tom
Paris Ward—Senator Fipp
Lena Werner—Hope Cladwell
Will Witry—Officer Barrel

Band

Carolyn Brady—Piano & Conductor
Kristen Engelbert—Trombone/Euphonium
Justin Kono—Percussion
Bob Potsic—Bass
Lara Regan—Reed

Artistic Staff

Dr. Craig Rosen—Director
Jen Kules and Collin Helou—Lighting Designers
Sean McIntosh—Scenic Designer
Carolyn Brady—Vocal Director
Christina Pacini—Choreographer
Colin Meyer—Costume Designer
Jessica Lynn Miller and Jackie Bobbitt—Properties Designers

Production Staff

Sean McIntosh—Technical Director
Amanda Hantson—Assistant Technical Director
Natalia Bednarczyk—Stage Manager
Natalie Cross—A2/Stagehand
Sam Dell—Stagehand
Joel Catalan—Light Board Operator
Ala Nator—Costume Crew
Camari Morrison—Spot Operator
Alfonso Pineda—Spot Operator

About the Director

Craig Rosen

Dr. Craig Rosen (Director) has been the head of the Moraine Valley Theater Program since 2002 after teaching at the University of Colorado in Boulder and University of Wisconsin La Crosse. He has directed over 50 plays in his 20 years at Moraine Valley, including Machinal, Avenue Q, Cabaret and King Lear. His production of American Griot was selected for production at the 2019 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. In 2017, Dr. Rosen was elected Moraine Valley's Professor of the Year. He also initiated Shakespeare Under the Stars, an annual outdoor Shakespearean production on our campus.

About the Cast

Cast of Urinetown

Lidia Bravo (Soupy Sue) Lidia Bravo is a 25-year-old from Midlothian. She loves acting and dancing.

Cast of Urinetown

Lauren Buss (Little Becky Two Shoes) is excited to perform at Moraine Valley. After playing ensemble roles in productions of Shrek: The Musical, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King at

Evergreen Park Community High School, Lauren is delighted to break out of the junior roles and work on a relatively mature show like Urinetown.

Cast of Urinetown

Isabel Ellison (Josephine Strong) is so excited for all of you to see this production of Urinetown. This is her first show since 2020, and she couldn't be more thrilled to be back on stage! Isabel can't wait to show you this amazing show, and she hopes you all enjoy watching it as much as she enjoyed being in it.

Cast of Urinetown

Ryan Flynn (Caldwell B. Cladwell) is happy to be returning to the Moraine Valley stage. He last appeared as Vice Principle Panch in “...Spelling Bee.” Some of his favorite past roles include Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, Albert Petersen in Bye Bye Birdie, and Lord Farquuad in Shrek: The Musical. He also has been a director for productions including Cabaret and Reefer Madness: The Musical. He assistant directed the 2013 Jeff Award winner for Best Musical Under a Rainbow Flag.

Cast of Urinetown

Aron Gomez (Bobby Strong) is thrilled to be a part of Moraine Valley's production of Urinetown. He is no stranger to the stage when it comes to performing. Favorite roles and shows he has done previously include Boris Kolenkhov in You Can't Take It With You, Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof, Winthrop and Carlos in Legally Blonde, and Harry Bright in Mamma Mia! Aron would like to thank his family for all the love and support, and the cast and production team of Urinetown for all the hard work and dedication. He hopes you enjoy the show!

Cast of Urinetown

Joe Gomez (Old Man Strong) is ready to start a new season of performances with the dedicated folks of the Moraine Valley Theater Department. Joe studied at Acting Studio Chicago with Adrianne Cury and is currently studying on-camera acting technique with Jessica Dean Turner. His most recent credits include his appearance in Eurydice here at Moraine Valley as The Lord of The Underworld, for which he received an Irene Ryan nomination, and in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Leaf Coneybear at The Drama Group of Chicago Heights. He is also the CEO of Gomez Grass Goons, a lawn maintenance company serving Palos Park and Orland Park since 2019.

Cast of Urinetown

John Kladis (Hot Blades Harry) is excited to be working with such a fantastic cast, crew and creative team. Past acting credits include Evil Dead (Moraine Valley), The Last Lifeboat (Towle Theater), The Game's Afoot, Return to the Forbidden Planet, These Shining Lives (Lewis University), Beauty and the Beast (Joliet Drama Guild), and Into The Woods (Genesius Guild)

Cast of Urinetown

Hannah Koljer (Mrs. Millennium) is enthusiastic to be in her first Moraine Valley production. She has recently just graduated from Argo Community High School. In high school, she was best known for her roles as Chip in Beauty and the Beast and Hugo Schmidt in Feathers and Teeth, which even earned her an award for best supporting actor in a play. Hannah is very interested in the arts and is hoping to improve and be a part of even more productions at Moraine Valley.

Cast of Urinetown

Aidan McGuire (Mr. McQueen) is thrilled to be back on the Moraine Valley stage. Aidan is no stranger to the stage and has appeared in various shows throughout the southwest suburbs and northern Indiana. Recent/favorite credits include Twelfth Night with Moraine Valley, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Curtain Call Community Theater, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Limestone Stage. Aidan is majoring in film and marketing, and when he isn’t on the stage, you can typically find him behind the lens of a camera. Aidan would like to thank the cast and crew for all their hard work and dedication. Urine for a good show everyone!

Cast of Urinetown

Dean Papadopoulos (Officer Lockstock) was recently seen in Eurydice as The Father. He is honored to return to Moraine Valley's FPAC and journey down to Urinetown. Thank you to the cast, crew and creative team of coppers. He couldn't have done it without the squad at home and the OPHFC. Endless gratitude to his singing Sergeant Colleen. For Mom and Dad, the Chiefs.

Cast of Urinetown

Skylar Post (Little Sally) is a second year Moraine Valley student and is excited to be in the cast of her first college musical. She was involved in the ensemble of Addams Family and Secret Garden at Alan B. Shepard High School, with some experience in show choir and high school choir, as well. While at Moraine Valley, she is studying for a transfer in science, working toward a forensic science degree. She wants to thank her friends for supporting her and helping her rehearse her lines for the show.

Cast of Urinetown

Kira Savegnago (Penelope Pennywise)is thrilled to be back onstage after a hiatus from theater! Kira has been singing and performing for more than 10 years. This is her second time performing in the show Urinetown, and she couldn’t be more excited to be playing Pennywise. Previous roles include Lilli Vanessi/Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Mayzie la Bird in Seussical, and other featured roles in Songs for a New World, Godspell, The Wedding Singer, Sweet Charity, and 9 to 5. Kira was in an a cappella group all throughout college, where she received the Outstanding Soloist Award at the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella. Recently, she received her master’s degree in public health and epidemiology. She would like to thank her parents and her music mentor, Carolyn Brady. @kira_savegnago_music

Cast of Urinetown

Jason Suwaidan (Tiny Tom) loves to act, film and edit. He was previously cast in six plays and two musicals, and produced two short films. He is thrilled to be working with the cast and crew for his third show at Moraine Valley. He is looking forward to the future where he can continue to create his own reality with love, faith and hope.

Cast of Urinetown

Paris Ward (Senator Fipp) is a freshman in college in the Class of 2024, majoring in liberal performing arts. She has been a theater kid since elementary school, back on the West Side of Chicago, and she is so excited she can experience the true theater life here at Moraine Valley Community College.

Cast of Urinetown

Lena Werner (Hope Cladwell) is in her second year here at Moraine Valley. She formerly starred as Eurydice this past May and is very excited to be in a musical this semester. "I haven't done a musical in so long; it felt so great just to dance again." She plans to continue acting and entertaining you all, and hopes you enjoy Urinetown.

Cast of Urinetown

Will Witry (Officer Barrel) is an arts major at Moraine Valley. This is his first show with Moraine Valley Theater. Previous roles include shows at Valparaiso University, such as Mr. March (Little Women) and Father Andre (Chekhov’s The Fiancée).

About the Crew

Natalia Bednarczyk (Stage Manager) has been stage managing at Moraine Valley for over a year now, having worked on The Bomb-itty of Errors, How to Survive a Pandemic, Boy and Twelfth Night. Some outside productions Natalia has stage managed include The Little Mermaid, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind and Leading Ladies. She is also the president of Heritage Theatre Company. Natalia graduated from Lewis University in 2020 with a B.A. in elementary education and is now a fourth grade teacher in Bridgeview. Her current goals are centered around exploring the ways in which academics and the arts can be used to establish safe, collaborative, and equitable spaces for students within and outside the classroom.

Jackie Bobbitt (Properties Master) started working in the Fine and Performing Arts Center in 2008 while attending Moraine Valley. In addition to being backstage, Jackie enjoys the creativity and collaboration of working on a design team and is very excited to be working on this production of Boy. Previous credits include The Impostors Theatre Company: The House of Baba Yaga; Moraine Valley Community College: Trust, Evil Dead: The Musical, Grease, Machinal, Avenue Q, The Winter's Tale and many other Moraine Valley shows.

​​Carolyn Brady (Vocal Director) maintains a private voice studio in the landmark Fine Arts Building at 410 S. Michigan, at her home studio in the Beverly neighborhood in Chicago. Her current and former clients have performed with the Broadway cast of Book of Mormon, Broadway in Chicago, National Tour of School of Rock, NBC's The Voice, Walt Disney World, Goodman Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Drury Lane, Marriott Theatre, Mercury Theatre, Porchlight, Music Theatre Works, BOHO, Theo Ubique, American Blues, the Southwest Indiana Symphony and Chicago Opera Theatre. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Formerly, she served as adjunct professor of Voice and Musicianship at Loyola University Chicago and she taught Applied Voice, Opera Workshop and University Chorale in the Music Department at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. She has music directed for professional theater; Jeff-Nominated Bullets Over Broadway (Night Blue), The Wedding Singer, the Jeff-Nominated The Who’s Tommy (named one of the Best of Chicago Theatre 2009 in the Chicago Sun Times’ Hedy Weiss Theatre Critic column) and Meet Me in St. Louis at Circle Theatre, most recently Little Shop of Horrors and Nunsense at Curtain Call Theatre in Mokena, college productions at Moraine Valley and Triton College, children’s theater for Circle Theatre Emerging Young Artists Program, St. Francis High School and St. Ignatius College Prep. One of her most recent favorite educational theater experiences was as vocal director for the Illinois High School Theatre Festival All-State Cast of AIDA at her alma mater Illinois State University. After training for her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance with a minor in theater (Illinois State University) and Master of Music in vocal performance (Roosevelt University), Carolyn has performed in the opera, musical theater and concert genres. Credits include Grant Park Symphony Chorus (soprano and alto), soloist with the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra, soprano soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah (First Unitarian of Chicago), the Brahms Liebeslieder, Giovanna in Rigoletto and La Maetressa in Suor Angelica (Intimate Opera), Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown (Chicago Tribune’s Kerry Reid called her a “standout” in 2011), Ella in Mack & Mabel, Miss Scatcherd/Lady Ingraham in Jane Eyre (both Jeff Recommended) and Ensemble in Harry Connick Jr.’s Thou Shalt Not (all Circle Theatre), Miss Segstrom in A Little Night Music (Porchlight), Micaeala & Mercedes in Carmen (Vocal Arts Group), Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd (Effective Theatre) and First Lady in The Magic Flute (Brevard Music Center). She has presented numerous cabaret and recitals (Davenport’s Piano Bar, Moraine Valley and North Central Cabaret Series, Peoria Opera Guild, Intimate Opera, Illinois State University, Morgan Park Sunshine Club) and was honored to be invited to sing for Lt. Governor Quinn of Illinois for his inauguration. Perhaps her most cherished accomplishment to date is simply being mom to Jack, her son and daughter, Cameron.

Amanda Hantson (Assistant Technical Director) received her Associate in Arts from Moraine Valley and her Bachelor of Arts in theater at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked on Moraine Valley’s production team since 2007. Previous credits include stage managing for Avenue Q, Machinal, Hand to God, Evil Dead: The Musical ‘09 and ’18, and many more at Moraine Valley. She just finished her third tour with Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet of The Nutcracker. Hantson also has been working at other venues such as The Paramount in Aurora, Joe’s Live in Rosemont and the Rialto in Joliet. She has enjoyed taking on the role of assistant technical director and the opportunities that have come with the job.

Jennifer Kules and Collin Helou (Lighting Designers) boast an extensive list of design credits for theater, dance and music both domestically and internationally. Selected credits: Moraine Valley: Hair, American Griot, Heathers, Trust. Chicagoland credits: Lysistrata Jones, Disaster!, Little Miss Sunshine, CREATIVES, The Rosenkrantiz Mysteries. Regional: JUST TOO BIG!, A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love & Murder, SHOUT! The Mod Musical Jen & Collin will drink to that.

Sean McIntosh (Technical Director) has been the technical director at Moraine Valley since 2012. He also works as a freelance scenic and lighting designer in the Chicago area has worked with Oak Park Theater Festival and Citadel Theater. McIntosh received his M.F.A. in scenic design from Boston University. He would like to thank the outstanding work and dedication of the technical crew at the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Colin Bradley Meyer (Costume Designer) is a Chicago-based costume designer, having worked with many different companies around the Chicago area, like: Citadel Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts, Blank Theatre Company, Adventure Stages Chicago, The Conspirators and many others! Colin has worked around the country and is happy to be back in the Chicago area with their work in front of an audience once again.

Jessica Miller (Prop Team) is so excited to be back for another show! She has a special set of skills that allows her to pivot from prop master, to blood designer, to special FX artist. Jessica received her B.A. in technical theater in 2012 at Columbia College Chicago. She is part of a two-person prop team at Moraine Valley and has been on the production staff since 2007. Her previous work includes Footholds Volume 3, Twelfth Night, The House of Baba Yaga, Eurydice, Heathers, Evil Dead The Musical, Hand to God and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Open Auditions

Glassheart
By Reina Hardy
Directed by Leah Cassella

Dec. 12, 6-9 p.m.
Dorothy Menker Theater
Sign up on callboard outside F150
Callbacks: Dec. 14, 6-9 p.m.

  • Monologues preferred; cold readings will be provided if needed. All backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identity, etc. encouraged. Rehearsals begin after winter break. Students may register for credits if cast in the show.
  • Callbacks will include a movement audition.

Questions? Contact

Box Office: (708) 974-5500

For more information on these events or other performances or to purchase tickets online, visit morainevalley.edu/fpac.

Fine and Performing Arts Center Staff

Managing Director—Tianna Conway

Technical Director⁠—Sean McIntosh

Manager of Theater Operations and Services—Julian Tillery

Assistant Technical Director—Amanda Hantson

Secretary—MaryAnn Luciano-Smith

Front-of-House Staff—Ramsey Bauer, Karen Datro, Page Domikaitis, Nicholas Mokelke, Jim Novak, David Roczkowski, Lisa Rock, Sujith Saju

Technical Crew—Ala Nator, Camari Morrison, Evan Johnston, Guadalupe Sosa, Jackie Bobbitt, Jeremy Kalisz, Joel Catalon, Leslie Nance, Nathan Carpenter, Quintin Turnbow, Sam Dell, Tom Schoenbeck, Nataile Krol, Jessica Miller, Omar Eloiza

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