Urinetown Cast&Crew Spotlight #4: Elyse Cook, Ashley Faus, Lindsay Gardner, Catherine Yee, Marissa Young,

A great musical depends on energy and commitment from every member of the cast, here are some more of these wonderfully talented people

Here are some of those people.

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Elyse Cook (Poor/UGC Staff/Pit Singer)

Elyse Cook was most recently seen as the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha (SJMT). Elyse’s other recent roles include Mother Burnside in Mame (SBMT), Mother Superior in Sister Act (WVLO ), Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady (SBMT), and Vi Moore in Footloose (WVLO). Her operatic roles include the title role in Adriana Lecouvreur, Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Mimi in La Bohème, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni.

How did you get started in Theater?
My sister pulled me in as one of the Snow children in her high school production of Carousel.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Operatic training. I can do a really bad impersonation of Donald Duck.

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
The environmental impact of global warming is definitely a major theme.

Why should people come see Urinetown?

Funny and timely

Ashley Faus (Poor/UGC Staff)

Ashley is thrilled to join SCP for the first time! She performs regularly around the Bay Area, and recent favorites include Sister Act with Broadway by the Bay, Wizard of Oz with Lyric Theatre, 1776 with SBMT, and Chicago with WCT. She would like to thank her husband for his enthusiastic support of her theatrical endeavors!

How did you get started in Theater?
I’ve been performing since I was a little girl, starting in church Christmas plays, and continuing through high school and college.

In what ways do you relate to your character?
As an ensemble member, I get to use a lot of different skills! In real life, I also get to do a variety of things in my career and hobbies. I work in marketing, I love fitness, and I enjoy traveling.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I ride motorcycles and I’m learning to kiteboard.

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
This show gives a glimpse into what can happen when you go to extremes and when you start chasing money.

Why should people come see Urinetown?
I’m a little biased, but I think we’ve got an excellent cast and crew, full of talented singers and dancers! 

Lindsay Gardner (Poor/UGC Staff)

Lindsay Gardner is joining you for her first community theater show in the bay area! She is a proud alum of Penn Singers Light Opera Company in Philadelphia, her most recent performances being “Anything Goes” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” By day, she is an engineer at Apple specializing in AR-related robotics and automation. In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, baking, and rock climbing. “Thank you so much to all my friends for coming out and supporting me!! Hope you can ‘hold in’ your excitement to see Urinetown ;)”

How did you get started in Theatre?
I’ve been doing shows since middle school when I got involved because I had friends who were already into theatre.

In what ways do you relate to your character?

I always have to pee.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I rock climb! This is particularly shocking to my friends from the east coast. Alternatively, I have 5 siblings…that’s always a shocker.

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
Everybody in the bay be thirsty.

Why should people come see Urinetown?
Because it’s hilarious!

What is your dream role or show?

Belle, Beauty and the Beast

What sound do you love?
My car horn

What’s something you’ve tried, that you’ll never, ever try again?

Watching black mirror

Cathrine Yee (Poor/UGC Staff)

Catherine Yee makes her first theater appearance in Urinetown: The Musical. Born in Oregon, Catherine moved to Sunnyvale in 2017 where she currently works as an electrical engineer at Intuitive, maker of the da Vinci surgical system. She is grateful to her family and friends for their love and support and would like to thank all those involved in Urinetown: The Musical for making this an extremely rewarding experience.

How did you get started in Theater?
This is my first theater experience! I’ve always loved attending musical theater productions and have been singing for many years. I was in my high school’s audition show choir in 2010-2011. Urinetown has been an amazing first musical theater experience and I hope to perform in more shows in the future.

In what ways do you relate to your character?
The staff members at UGC are looking out for their own best interest and look up to Mr. Cladwell because he represents the hope for a luxurious and comfortable lifestyle. They’re spineless and follow orders because it’s in their best interest to do so. While I can’t say I personally relate to this, I will say that sometimes it’s certainly easier to turn a blind eye to others’ suffering and carry on living a blissful fantasy – something that in and of itself comes from a place of privilege.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I am a former Division 1 swimmer.

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
Wealth, inequality, and corporate greed resulting from late-stage capitalism is EXTREMELY relevant today. Especially in the Bay Area where living expenses are outrageous.

Why should people come see Urinetown?
Urinetown is sincerely hilarious! Also Urinetown: the Musical is… a musical, and musicals are awesome!

Do you have any special skills that you are proud of?
I love to knit! My favorite things to knit are baby hats, cowls, and socks.

What is your dream role or show?
Cathy Hiatt – The Last Five Years or Eurydice – Hadestown

What sound do you love?
An a cappella chord that locks in juuuuuust right

If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?
It’s never too late to take your life in a completely different direction. Sometimes the most non-linear paths lead to the most rewarding results.

What’s something you’ve tried, that you’ll never, ever try again?

Cross-country BMX biking

Marissa Young (Poor/UGC Staff)

Marissa is thrilled to be part of this amazing cast in her first adult community theater production. It is her third SCP musical and twelfth show overall. She is fifteen years old and a sophomore in high school. Some of her favorite past roles include Kim MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Bird Girl in Seussical, and Oliver in the musical Oliver. In her free time, she likes to sing, tap dance, learn how to play the guitar, and spend time with her dog, Coco. She would like to thank her friends and family for all their love and support. She hopes you enjoy the show!

How did you get started in Theater?
I saw my sister perform in a show and I wanted to be in one.

In what ways do you relate to your character?
I have struggles sometimes in life and school just like my character struggles in not having enough money to go to the bathroom.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
That I am only 15.

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
Urinetown expresses things such as uprisings, political corruption, and hope for the future which are all relevant today.

Why should people come see Urinetown?
It is a very funny show with amazing music and a great plot that is relevant today. Not to mention the cast is pretty great :).

Do you have any special skills that you are proud of?
I am really good at applying eyeliner.

What is your dream role or show?
Elle in Legally Blonde, Glinda in Wicked, Nancy in Oliver.

What sound do you love?
Minor chords coming together.

If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?
All of you can make a difference no matter what you do, and every day you have the ability to change someone’s whole world.

What’s something you’ve tried, that you’ll never, ever try again?

Fat tire biking in the sand, on the beach.

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