Busytown the Musical

September 16 – October 26, 2014

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Busytown the Musical runs 1 hour 20 minutes including a 15 minute intermission.

It’s all so terrifically busy and so wonderfully witty: boogie down with Huckle Cat, Betsy Bear and the entire population of Richard Scarry’s Busytown in a cabaret-style musical of puppets and people—and Lowly Worm pops up in his apple car too! Written by local treasure Kevin Kling, Busytown takes the delightful characters to an unexpected place: a town where hustle and bustle, madcap and a hint of mayhem means full-blown fun for everyone in the family.

Adapted for the stage by Kevin Kling
From the book "What Do People Do All Day?" by Richard Scarry
Music by Michael Koerner
Lyrics by Kevin Kling and Michael Koerner
Directed by Sean Graney¹
Choreographed by Tommy Rapley¹
Music Direction by Victor Zupanc

Sing along!
Listen to four songs from Busytown the Musical and sing along at the show.
Busytown Theme
Lowly Worm
Pickle Car
Betsy Bear
*Right click on audio player to download

Creative Team & Production Staff
Scenic & Puppet Designer: Eric Van Wyk
Costume Designer: Loren Shaw
Lighting Designer: Paul Whitaker²
Sound Designer: Victor Zupanc
Stage Manager: Chris Schweiger³
Assistant Stage Manager: Kathryn Sam Houkom³
Associate Sound Designer: Sten Severson
Assistant Director: Abby Hilden
Stage Management Intern: Shruti Gupta
ASL /AD Performance: Friday, October 10 at 7PM
Sensory Friendly Performance: Friday, October 24 at 7PM

¹denotes a member of SDC, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union
²denotes a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829
³denotes a member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Gerald Drake

Gerald Drake (Sergeant Murphy, Captain Salty, Ensemble) has been a member of CTC’s acting company for over 40 years. Among his favorite roles are the Stepmother in early productions of Cinderella, Long John Silver in Treasure Island, Fagan in Oliver Twist, Mr. Toad in Wind in the Willows and Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet.  Gerald has toured to and performed in Munich, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Moscow. He is the recipient of a McKnight Theatre Artist Fellowship. Married 44 years to his wife Kathie, they have two daughters, Kelly and Kristina, and he lives out his drumming fantasy by watching his son Bobby play in The Hold Steady. He is thrilled to welcome a new audience member to CTC, his grandson Victor Leo.

Dean Holt

Dean Holt (Lowly, Grandma Bear, Ensemble) can totally remember getting lost in the world of Richard Scarry as a kid. The books would pull you in, like a cross between Where’s Waldo and I Spy. What he remembers most are the colors, characters and the feeling that you would always see something new on a page you had looked at for hours. Dean is a member of CTC’s Resident Acting Company and has appeared in more than 80 productions over the past 20 years. He enjoys the collaborative and creative process at CTC – workshops, readings, rehearsals and productions; working closely with the incredibly talented staff; as well as the opportunity to work with outside artists, experiencing and bringing new energy to CTC in such a wide variety of work. Dean is the recipient of two Ivey Awards for his work in Reeling and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and St. John’s University’s Alumni Achievement Award for the work in his career. He is married to CTC Stage Manager Stacy McIntosh and together they have two amazing boys (Henry and Emmet) that keep them busy, happy and just a little bit crazy.

Meghan Kreidler

Meghan Kreidler (Mom Cat, Postwoman, Nurse Nellie, Ensemble) is excited to be making her Children's Theatre Company debut. Her recent credits include A Little Night Music, Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals, Into the Woods (Mu Performing Arts), Passing Strange, Stars & Stripes (Mixed Blood Theatre), AIDA (Theater Latté Da), The Sexual Life of Savages (Walking Shadow Theatre Company), Lonely Soldiers (History Theatre), and A Deeper Look (CLIMB Theatre Co.) She is the 2014-2015 Performing Apprentice at CTC.

Kasono Mwanza

Kasono Mwanza (Farmer Alfalfa, Doctor Lion, Train the Dog, Ensemble) feels blessed and is thrilled to be a part of this production! Previous productions include My Fair Lady (Guthrie Theater), Senzalma (Contempo Physical Dance Company), The Little Mermaid, Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, All Shook Up!  and the Midwest premiere of Xanadu (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres); Favorite past productions include Footloose (University of Minnesota-Duluth), Footloose (Istanbul, Turkey State Theatre through Sieur Du Luth), The Hot Mikado (Birmingham University, U.K.), and Porgy & Bess (Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra). "Thank you Children’s Theatre Company for the opportunity to do what I love! To my friends & family, I love you always.” Kasono is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Autumn Ness

Autumn Ness (Betsy Bear, Ensemble) is so proud and lucky to be opening her 15th season as a member of the CTC Acting Company!  Some of Autumn's favorite CTC roles include: Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, The Stepmother in Cinderella, The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, The Biggest Little House in the Forest, Mrs. Cobb in Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, A Wrinkle in Time, Lily St. Regis in Annie, Mother in A Christmas Story, The Nurse in Romeo & Juliet, The Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle in The Magic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, A Year with Frog and Toad, Prom, Snow White in Once Upon a Forest, The Snow Queen, and Tinkles in Mississippi Panorama. When not onstage, Autumn can be found Pinteresting with her pug, binge watching some Netflix with her husband Reed, and saving the galaxy with her two superheroes, Sawyer and Sullivan.  Autumn is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Reed Sigmund

Reed Sigmund (Huckle, Ensemble) is enjoying every busy minute spent playing inside Richard Scarry's delightfully charming world. Currently celebrating his 15th season at CTC, Reed has appeared in numerous CTC productions, including: The Snow QueenThe Wizard of OzOnce Upon a ForestHONK! The Ugly DucklingThe Magic Mrs. Piggle-WiggleThe Monkey KingSleeping BeautyDisney’s Aladdin Jr.The BFGSeussicalA Year with Frog and ToadIf You Give a Mouse a CookieMadeline and the GypsiesRomeo & JulietBert & Ernie, Goodnight!The Iron RingRobin HoodBabe, the Sheep PigAnnieMercy Watson to the Rescue!Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole ChristmasAlice in WonderlandCharlotte's Web, Cinderella, and Shrek the Musical. When not performing at CTC, Reed and his darling wife Autumn are kept busy chasing after their three adorable gentlemen: Sawyer, Sullivan, and Kermit.

Matthew Rubbelke

Matthew Rubbelke (Understudy) is extremely excited to be making his Minneapolis debut on the CTC stage in Busytown the Musical. Matthew is a recent graduate from the American University in Washington, D.C. and has performed with several of the District's theatre companies, including Studio Theatre, The Keegan Theatre (Helen Hayes Nomination), Source Theatre, and No Rules Theatre Company. Additionally, Matthew has performed in Prague's Divadlo DISK for a touring production of Signs of Life. Hailing from Scottsdale, AZ, Matthew is looking forward to his first “real” winter. He is the 2014-2015 Performing Apprentice at CTC.

Traci Allen Shannon

Traci Allen Shannon (Understudy) is so happy you've come to see this wonderful show and hopes you enjoy it!  Favorite CTC shows include Cinderella, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Five Fingers of Funk, Bud, Not Buddy and Fashion 47. You may have also seen Traci at a number of theatres around the Twin Cities including Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Penumbra Theatre, The Playwrights' Center, Pillsbury House, Park Square Theatre and Theater Latté Da. Outside of Minnesota, Traci's work has been seen at theatres in Chicago, Washington D.C., and in the national tour of The Color Purple. Traci is a graduate of Howard University. All her love to Daniel. Peace and blessings to all!

Show Calendar
What roles do the people in YOUR community play?
Everyone has an important role to play in the life of a bustling town. Meet these real life community helpers at these shows!

Police Officer
September 26 before the show
September 28 after the show

Firefighter (with Fire Truck!)
October 9 before the show
October 12 after the show

October 16 before the show
October 19 after the show

*Appearances subject to change

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