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TUTS Underground Sets Cast of LMNOP

Letters are flying, and this cast sure has a way with words!

TUTS Underground, in association with Third Coast Creative, presents LMNOP - A New Muzical, April 7 - 19 in Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center. Chaos arises when letters begin to fall from a town monument and government officials ban them one by one. The community depends on the strength of a determined teenage girl to fight for their freedom of speech. This unique musical is part romance, part clever word game and part adult fable that reminds us of how precious our liberties are and how important it is to have the courage to stand up for what we believe.

Meet the cast we're sure you will n_v_r forg_t!

NATALIE VENETIA BELCON (Gwenette Minnow Pea) is so pleased to be in this wonderful show and making her TUTS debut after a hiatus. Last seen as Mrs. Phelps in Broadway's Matilda. Some other wonderful stuff: Original cast of Avenue Q, Lincoln Center's The Glorious Ones, Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2011, to name a few.

ERIN CEARLOCK (Eugenia Prather) is a 6th grader at Spillane Middle School, as well as a student at the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre. Her favorite credits include: The 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Miserables (Little Cosette); Gypsy (Baby June), Signature Theater; White Christmas (Susan Waverly), TUTS. Erin is a proud member of the Spillane Band where she plays the French Horn. She is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of LMNOP.

SCOTT FONSEKA (Timmy Towgate) is a student at the Humphreys School and has performed in Little Mermaid Jr (Flounder) and Big The Musical (Ensemble). He has previously appeared with TUTS as Sir Tom of Warwick in Camelot. Other credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Adolpho), West Side Story (Baby John) and Godspell (Judas), all with Wildfish Theatre.

SCOTT RICHARD FOSTER (Peabody Prather/Rory) Originally from San Angelo, TX, Scott's thrilled to be at TUTS for the first time. Broadway/National tours; Brooklyn The Musical (Taylor us), You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (Jeff), Forbidden Broadway, Alive and Kicking (Man 1). Off-Broadway; Power Balladz (Scotty), Forbidden B'Way Alive and Kicking (Man 1), FB Comes Out Swinging (Man 1), Sessions (George). Regional; Les Miserables (Valjean), A Circus in Winter (Tony, James), ILY, You're Perfect, Now Change (Man 1).

JASON GOTAY (Nate Warren) is thrilled to be back in Houston after making his TUTS debut on tour with Bring It On: The Musical (Randall, Original Broadway/Touring Companies). Other Broadway: Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (Peter Parker/Spider-Man). TV: Peter Pan Live! on NBC (Tootles, Lost Boy). Off Broadway: F#%king Up Everything (Jake, Elektra Theater), The Anthem (Prometheus, Lynn Redgrave Theater). Twitter: @jasongotay

TYCE GREEN (Payton Ebert/Lug 3 (Cecil)/ Mangrove) Follow on Twitter: @Tyce. 5th TUTS show! Off Broadway: Kissless (Spinks). TUTS: Hands On a Hardbody (Chris); Reefer Madness; LES MISERABLES; White Christmas. Favorite credits: Spring Awakening (Moritz); Ragtime (Younger Brother); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (John C. Calhoun); The Sound of Music (Rolf); The Miser (Cléante); Little Women (Laurie); Forbidden Broadway (Various). Film: Horrible Turn (Prequel to Dr. Horrible w/ Neil Patrick Harris).

NICK HENDERSON (Zach O'Dare/Lug) is ABsolutely ChargeD, and dEFinitely Geared-up. He prevIously appeared as JacK/jesus in Lumpkin's Reefer MadNess OPposite Quite a few of these RidiculouSly Talented and Unique indiViduals. Without eXception, everY moment at Zilkha is a privilege. in following the letter of the law, we lose the words and their meaning.

JESSICA JANES (Poppi McGregor/Lug 2) is delighted to be back at TUTS Underground! TUTS Underground: Reefer Madness. Catastrophic Theatre: Anna Bella Eema; clean/through; American Falls;Paradise Hotel; Bluefinger; The Pine; Tamarie Cooper's Old As Hell; Tamarie Cooper's Doomsday Revue; A Very Tamarie Christmas. Stages Repertory: Panto Mother Goose; The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Theater LaB: See Rock City!; Reefer Madness,Mildred's Umbrella: The Flu Season.

PHILIP LEHL (Otto Minnow Pea) is delighted to return to TUTS. Philip is co-founder of Houston's Stark Naked Theatre Company, where he recently directed the World Premiere of Scott Burkell's Ho Ho Humbug. Philip's acting work has been seen in many theatres in Houston, as well as on and off Broadway, and many regional theatres around the country. Upcoming work includes acting in Stark Naked's final production of this season: Stage Kiss. Proud member of Actor's Equity Association.

ORVILLE MENDOZA (Shubert Greenly/Lyttle) Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher (Alex Timbers & Roger Rees, co-directors), Pacific Overtures(Roundabout); Off-Broadway: Found (Atlantic), Passion (CSC), Timon of Athens, Road Show, Romeo and Juliet (all at The Public/NYSF), Adrift in Macao (Barrymore Award winner & Drama Desk Award nomination); Regional: The Orphan of Zhao (ACT & La Jolla Playhouse), also work at Long Wharf, 5th Avenue, KC Rep., Goodspeed, The Muny, Pittsburgh CLO, Denver Center Theatre. Toured with Miss Saigon for 6 years.

MICHELE RAGUSA (Georgeanne Towgate) Broadway: Young Frankenstein; Urinetown; Ragtime; Titanic; A Class Act; Cyrano. Off Broadway: Adrift In Macao (Primary Stages- Lortel/Drama League nom/Barrymore Award); Titanic - Lincoln Center Concert; Disaster; Craving For Travel. Regional Credits: Gypsy (Rose); Spamalot (Lady/Lakes); Annie (Hannigan); Singing/Rain (Lina); Into The Woods (The Witch); Kiss Me Kate (Kate); Drowsy Chaperone (Chaperone); She Loves Me (Amalia); Guys and Dolls (Adelaide); Lend Me A Tenor (Maria); The Full Monty (Vickie). Headlines with Symphonies across the country. www.micheleragusa.com

MADELINE TRUMBLE (Ella Minnow Pea) Originally from Berkeley, CA, Maddy is thrilled to be making her TUTS debut in this brilliant show! Broadway: Newsies. National Tour: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins) and Wicked (Elphaba u/s). Regional: The Muny and Berkeley Rep. Graduate of The University of Michigan. Much love and gratitude to everyone who put their trust in her. As always- for mom and EmTrum.

HOLLAND VAVRA (Agnes Prather) Last seen in TUTS Underground's Reefer Madness TUTS: Beauty and the Beast, 110 in the Shade and Dreamgirls as well as eleven seasons at Stages Repertory Theatre. Last seen there in Girls Night- The Musical, Xanadu, The Wonderettes series, Steel Magnolias, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Andrews Brothers and The Spitfire Grill to name a few. Proud member of Actors Equity. Love to mom, dad and Andrew.

BROOKE WILSON (Ruth Greenly/Houston LaGreer) Favorite credits: Waiting for Johnny Depp (Rita), Reefer Madness (Sally), Whorehouse (Doatsey Mae), Hands On A Hardbody (Cindy), Urban Cowboy (Sissy),Whorehouse (Shy) at TUTS, Trailer Park Musical (Jeannie), Full Monty (Georgie), Rent (Maureen), Trailer Park Musical (Pippi), Evita (Eva cover), The Water Coolers (Judy) (nat'l/inat'l tours), Honky Tonk Angels (Sue Ellen), Bat Boy (Maggie), Beauty And The Beast (Babette),Footloose (Ariel), When You Wish, Singing In The Rain, Cats, Beauty And The Beast at TUTS, Christmas Carol, The Miser and Forum at The Alley. www.brookewilson.com

The creative team: director Joe Calarco, choreographer Marlo Hunter, musical director Jack Beetle, lighting designer Christina Giannelli, sound designer Andrew Harper, set designer Ryan McGettigan, costume designer Colleen Grady, music supervisor Dominick Amendum and orchestrations by Lynne Shankel.

This production is based on the novel "Ella Minow Pea" by Mark Dunn with music by Paul Loesel and book and lyrics by Scott Burkell.

TUTS Underground's production of LMNOP is made possible by the generosity of Berg & Androphy, and KPMG.

Air transportation is provided by United Airlines, the official airline of Theatre Under The Stars.


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