Urinetown Cast&Crew #5: Gabrielle Lanier, Jaime Melendez, Marie Claire (M.C.) Mendonca, Janet Miller, Skyler Riordan, Gwendolyne Wagner, and Randy Wise.

Urinetown: The Musical opens Oct. 26th, which is a little over two weeks away! The whole cast is working hard at rehearsal and these folks are some of those hard workers.

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Urinetown opens Oct. 26th and closes Nov. 10th!

Gabrielle Lanier (UGC Staff)

Gabrielle is extremely proud to be a part of Urinetown. This is her first show at SCP and she is grateful for the opportunity. She is humbled by the experience of being in this show and awed by the level of talent from her fellow cast members. She thanks the Urinetown directing staff for giving her the chance to get back into theater after an 18-year absence. She would like to thank her husband, Daniel, and her children, Christina, Adele and Tulsa as well as her mother, Christina, for all of their love and support.

How did you get started in Theater?
My mother was a costumer. I started in Children’s Theater after that.

In what ways do you relate to your character? 
Not sure. I would say I am motivated which I would see my character being.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
My age and I have not been in a show for 18 years.

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
It has to do with a terrible drought, which is something that we just went through.

Why should people come see Urinetown?
It is a hilarious musical filled with laughs and amazing music.

Do you have any special skills that you are proud of?
Singing, and I am a hairstylist, so I am good at hair.

What is your dream role or show?
Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat

What sound do you love?
Rain

If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?
Stop with the hate. We need to help each other and take care of this world.

“What’s wrong with the world mama?
People living like aint got no mamas
I think the whole worlds addicted to the drama
Only attracted to the things that bring you trauma
Overseas yeah we tryin to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin
In the USA the big CIA the Bloodz and the Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate?
And when you hatin you’re bound to get irate
Yeah dadness is what you demonstrate
And that’s exactly how anger works and operates
You gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love y’all
People killing people dying
Children hurtin and hear them crying
Can you practice what you preach Would you turn the other cheek.
Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?
Where is the love the love the love”
-Black Eyed Peas

What’s something you’ve tried, that you’ll never, ever try again?
Riding a motorcycle.

Jaime Melendez (Cladwell’s Secretary)

Jaime Melendez is elated to be part of the Urinetown cast. Recent Theatre credits include Cinderella (FMT), Kaliope in She Kills Monsters (FCT), Juanita Garcia in Jive (Windy City Productions), and Renee in The Odd Couple: female version (FCT). Jaime is majoring in Theatre at Foothill College and hopes to work in high school education. Huge thanks to her parents and friends for their endless love and support!

How did you get started in Theater?
I finally forced myself to step out of my comfort zone and auditioned for a play.

In what ways do you relate to your character?
Unfortunately, I don’t.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I enjoy walking around and reading epitaphs.

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
I think with more than ever there is a great divide between the rich and poor, this can be seen with the gentrification that is going on from the bay area to LA.

Why should people come see Urinetown?
It is a darkly humorous musical that touches on the reality of how we sometimes function as a society.

Do you have any special skills that you are proud of?
Theatrical makeup and the ability to make DIY costumes.

What is your dream role or show?
Dream role would be Evita!

What sound do you love?
The sound of laughter and the screams of my enemies.

If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?
I’d blackout.

What’s something you’ve tried, that you’ll never, ever try again?
Working as a barista.

M.C. Mendonca (Poor Ensemble/Dance Captain)

M.C. Mendonca is a 22-year-old performer from Fremont, CA. She is currently a Theatre and Performance Studies major at UC Berkeley. She has been performing in community theatre since the age of six, performing in over fifteen musical productions with StarStruck Theatre in Fremont, CA. Most recently, she appeared in The Sound of Music (Nun) and Bullets Over Broadway (Atta-Girl, Olive U/S) at Foothill Music Theatre in Los Altos Hills, CA.

How did you get started in Theater?
My dad is an Equity actor and got my sister and I performing at a young age. My first production was Honk! in December 2003. I turned seven during that show’s run!

In what ways do you relate to your character? 
I, too, am poor.

All jokes aside, as a college student, I can relate to not being able to afford basic necessities (although definitely not to this degree).

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? 
I’m a birthday party princess! I sing, dance, tell stories, do magic tricks, face paint, and twist balloon animals as Elsa, Ariel, Rapunzel, and more.

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
The socio-economic dynamics in Urinetown hit a little close to home. The rich capitalize off the poor’s basic needs, prioritizing wealth over innocent lives. AKA America right now.

Why should people come see Urinetown?
This show is incredibly witty. I was first introduced to this show years ago, and I still catch new jokes here and there every time I see it. In other words, you’ll love it even if you’re as painfully slow as I am!

Do you have any special skills that you are proud of?
I play a little ukulele (the ukulele’s normal-sized- I just mean I don’t play it much). I recently got to perform ukulele for the first time at a children’s Christmas show at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco!

What is your dream role or show?
When I was younger I always wanted to be Penny in Hairspray or Audrey in Little Shop! Basically, anything Kerry Butler’s done.

What’s something you’ve tried, that you’ll never, ever try again?
A beer float. Not root beer, BEER. Might’ve been better with a different beer, but I’m not really willing to find out.

Janet Miller (Pit Singer)

Janet Miller is excited to be singing in her first SCP production. Recent performances have been SBMT’s Big River, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Mame. Favorite local credits include The Sound of Music (Sister Margareta) with Lyric and WVLO, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Helena Landless), Phantom (Carlotta) for which she received the “Erma Award” with WVLO; and the all-female 1776 (Caesar Rodney) with Tabard. Janet is enjoying retirement after 41 years teaching: 34 as a Latin and English teacher; 7, as an Instructional Coach.

How did you get started in Theater?
I’ve always been singing, and a friend invited me to audition for a show 31 years ago.

In what ways do you relate to your character?
A pit singer sings..that’s what I do!

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I walk over 25 miles a week. 

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
It illustrates government control/regulations as out of control…just like our current administration.

Why should people come see Urinetown?
Not just to be entertained but to go away with the idea that change is possible when people choose to stand up and right the wrong.

Do you have any special skills that you are proud of?
I can translate Latin!

What is your dream role or show?
Too many from which to choose just one

What sound do you love?
Laughter

If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?
Be kind, love one another, and do what you must to save our planet.

Skyler Riordan (Dr. Billeaux)

Skyler feels privileged to perform with such awesome peeple. He has worked extensively on and backstage since age 12 at SCP and around the area. Favorite past acting roles have included Malcolm in Macbeth (SVS), John Brooke in Little Women and The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (both LAYT).

How did you get started in Theater?
Being encouraged to do The Wizard of Oz at age 12.

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
The need for environmental preservation and more positivity and humor in the world.

Why should people come see Urinetown?
Because they enjoy live theater, know the cast, support SCP, or like dark commentary musicals, I guess?

Gwendolyne Wagner (Josephine Strong)

Gwendolyne can barely hold in how happy she is making her SCP debut with this terrific cast and creative team. Recent roles in the Bay Area have included Amanda Wingfield (The Glass Menagerie/ Santa Clara Players), Lady Bird Johnson (All The Way/ Palo Alto Players), Sarah/ Ensemble (Spending the End of the World on OK Cupid/ Pear Theatre), Emma/ Gimmitch (It Can’t Happen Here/ Foothill Theatre), McNair (1776/ South Bay Musical Theatre), and Duchess Stephanie (Death Takes a Holiday/ Tabard Theatre). Gwendolyne received her BFA in Acting from USIU in San Diego. Thanks to CBA for your love and support!

How did you get started in Theater?
Growing up watching my older brother perform, I just naturally followed his path 

In what ways do you relate to your character?
Josephine is devoted to her family and is willing to stand up to injustice to support family and friends.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I am married to a Slytherin (go Ravenclaw!) 

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
The disparity of wealth and resources in Silicon Valley already mirror the “fantasy-future” future of Urinetown.

Why should people come see Urinetown?
The music is great, and the whole show is funny, clever, and makes you go “hmmmmm….”

Do you have any special skills that you are proud of?
Being able to creatively combine seemingly unrelated leftover food items into unique and yummy meals.

What is your dream role or show?
“Big” Edie -“Little” Edie: Grey Gardens

What sound do you love?
The sound of my husband saying “Honey, let’s go to Disneyland.”

If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?
I can’t think of anything to say that hasn’t already been said by more eloquent people before me (e.g., Ghandi, MLK, etc.), and still, people don’t hear it. 

What’s something you’ve tried, that you’ll never, ever try again?
Sea urchin – blech!

Randy Wise (Joesph “Old Man Strong”)

Randy would like to thank his wife Evelyn and daughter Allison for all their support!

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