September 21-October 13, 2019
ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY!
Book and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems
An elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are best, best, "bestus" (a word Gerald and Piggie made up that means "very best") friends, but Gerald worries that something could go wrong that would end their friendship. Piggie is not worried at all. She's even happier and more excited than usual. That's because she and Gerald are invited to a party hosted by the Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time. And so begins a day when anything is possible.
Max Lopuszynski (Gerald) returns to SecondStory Rep's TYA stage for the fourth time! Young audiences may remember him from last season's Miss Nelson is Missing, and Freckleface Strawberry the Musical, and season 19's Goodnight Moon. He's also appeared on SSR's main stage in Man of La Mancha, and The Last Starfighter. Outside SSR, Max has performed with Bainbridge Performing Arts, Basement Theatrics, Burien Actor's Theatre, Drama Dock, Last Leaf Productions, Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Seattle Musical Theatre, Seattle Opera, Vashon Opera, and more. Favorites/highlights include: Princess Ida (Ensemble/King Hildebrand cover), Man of La Mancha (Anselmo), Joseph... Dreamcoat (Issachar), Noises Off (Freddie), Peter and the Starcatcher (Mack), Big Fish (Karl), Spring Awakening (Georg) and [title of show] (Hunter). Special thanks to Harry, Kim, Chelsea, and the Squolf!
Callie Nissing (Piggie) is a local performer and youth performing arts educator and is excited to be back at SSR! She loves to dance, her training includes: Joffrey Ballet School (NYC), International Dance Academy (LA) and University of Washington (Seattle). Recent musical productions: Sister Mary Leo, Nunsense (Renton Civic Theatre), Matilda the Musical (Village Theatre), The Last Starfighter (SecondStory Repertory). She teaches dance and musical theater with Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE and with EDGE Performing Arts and Dance. Endless thanks to this super incredibly awesomely fantastically cool cast and production team, friends and family!
Noel Pederson (Myrna Squirelle) is an actress, filmmaker, and photographer who spent several years performing around the country with such companies as Princess Cruises and The National Theatre for Children. She now calls Seattle home and works in marketing at the Pacific Northwest Ballet during the day. She was most recently seen as Denise Maxwell in the new musical Fur Pajamas (Seattle Playwrights Salon), Nikki Crandall in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (Centerstage Theatre), and Ulla in The Producers (Seattle Musical Theatre). noelpederson.com
Beth Davis (Squirelle/Ice Cream Penquin) studied Vocal Performance/Music Education at Ithaca College and California State University, Northridge. Today, she teaches voice lessons out of her home in Burien, while actively performing in the greater Seattle area. She is also the Managing Director of A Cappella Academy, and teaches singing at the Village Theatre Pathways program. Favorite past roles include: Fiona in Shrek, The Witch in Into the Woods, Susan in [title of show], The Godmother in Cinderella, and Zita in Gianni Schicchi.
Hannah Knapp-Jenkins (Squirelle/Delivery Dog) is thrilled to be making her SecondStory Repertory debut in Elephant and Piggie’s “We are in a Play!” Her favorite past roles include: Diva (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Berthe (Pippin), Margot (Legally Blonde), Ensemble (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), and Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray). Hannah was last seen playing Sophie Sheridan in BPA’s Mamma Mia! Training includes: Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater and Drama (University of Washington), and Summer 2016 Professional Training Program (CAP21). Hannah would like to thank Harry and the SSR team for this wonderful opportunity, and send hugs and kisses to her friends and family! / IG: @hannahknappjenkins
MEET THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Harry Turpin (Director) has been involved in the theater community for over 20 years as a performer, director, and choreographer. He has worked on both local and national levels, with appearances and work seen at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and Reboot Theatre Company, where he currently serves as president of the board. As a director/choreographer, Harry’s body of work includes productions of Little Shop of Horrors (Winner: Gregory Award (People’s Choice) Outstanding Director, Outstanding Production Musical),The Who’s Tommy(Bway World Winner: Best Director/Best Choreographer), Sweet Charity (Bway World nom: Best Director, Best Choreography), Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls (Bway World nom: Best Choreography) and Becoming More Less Crazy (Winner: Best of the Fest, Seattle Fringe). Other directing/choreography credits include Fly By Night (Bway World nom: Best Director. Bway world winner: Best Ensemble), White Christmas, Anything Goes, Once On This Island, I Hate Hamlet, Waiting for Alice, Flat Stanley,and The Wizard of Oz. Other productions include The Pajama Game, All Shook Up, Beauty and the Beast, Hello, Dolly!, Legally Blonde, The Music Man, City of Angels, multiple productions of Bye, Bye, Birdie!, as well as productions of Grease, West Side Story, and The Gifts of the Magi. Upcoming projects include a return to the stage as Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, and then back directing productions of Beehive!, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Hair, all in 2020. For more information, visit harryturpin.com, or find him on Facebook. Go see live theatre!
Marsha Stuekle (Costume Designer)
Karen Severson (Assistant Costume Designer)