Urinetown Cast&Crew #6: Emma Blickenstaff, Nicholas “Nico” Conrad, Kathleen Hornbacker, John Paul Kilecdi-Li, Peter Spoelstra, and Stephanie Whigham!

Meet some of Urinetown‘s poorest of the poor! Come watch them groan about paying to pee at SCP’s Urinetown: The Musical.

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Emma Blickentstaff (Little Becky Two Shoes)

Emma Blickenstaff is so excited to be back on the stage! She has a BA in theater from Occidental College and performed extensively throughout her childhood. Favorite roles include Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray), Baroness (Candide), Nellie (Jekyll & Hyde), and Wickersham Brother (Seussical). Recently, she’s taken a break from theater to get an MA in Teaching and start her career as a fourth-grade teacher in Santa Clara. While she loves teaching, Emma’s first passion will always be musical theater. She’s so grateful to the SCP community for giving her the opportunity to get back to that first love.

How did you get started in Theater?
My mom enrolled me in an after school program at CMTSJ in 2nd grade, and from there I was hooked!

In what ways do you relate to your character?
Little Becky Two Shoes is passionate about her cause and goes all in to defend what she believes in. While my motives are not murderous in nature, I am also someone who goes all-in when I believe in something.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I went to the Galapagos Islands on a school trip in High School.

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
Because we are in a climate crisis. While the world of Urinetown is a fictional dystopia, the events that lead to the water crisis in Urinetown are not so far off of what could actually happen if we don’t strive to do something about global climate change.

Why should people come see Urinetown?
Because it’s hilarious but it will also make you think. There are some great messages about climate change and classism amongst all the pee puns!

Do you have any special skills that you are proud of?
I can touch my tongue to my nose!

What is your dream role or show?
Mother in Ragtime

What sound do you love?
The end of day bell on Friday

If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?
Love other people for who they are.

Nico Conrad (Tiny Tom)

Nicholas is ecstatic to be performing in his first SCP show. Previous credits include Cinderella (Foothill Musical Theatre), The Wedding Singer (Redwood City Community Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Peninsula Youth Theatre), and 1776 (Notre Dame de Namur University). He thanks his friends and family and their continued support!

How did you get started in Theater?
I’ve done historical reenactments for as long as I can remember and that drew me to acting, which naturally drew me to theater.

In what ways do you relate to your character?
 I relate to Tiny Tom’s confusion to the world around him.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I enjoy watching the Bachelor and the Bachelorette

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
I think Urinetown is important today because it gives a glimpse into a possibly grim future that we can learn from to improve our own future

Why should people come see Urinetown?
You’ll laugh, maybe cry…and… ummm… probably laugh again, I dunno…support live theater or something like that.

Do you have any special skills that you are proud of?
Guitar playing

What is your dream role or show?
Alfred Doolittle- My Fair Lady and Pierre Bezukov- Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

What sound do you love?
Rain

If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?
“Be excellent to each other.”

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

Kathleen Hornbacker (Robbi the Stockfish)

Kathleen is thrilled to be in her first Sunnyvale Community Players production! Previous shows include Beauty and the Beast with Davis Musical Theatre Company and The Sound of Music with Foothill Music Theatre. She’d like to thank her mom, dad, and sister Meghan for their love and support. Enjoy the show!

How did you get started in Theater?
I have loved musical theatre since I saw The Sound of Music as a toddler, and I would run around the house singing Do Re Mi. I started doing school musicals in middle school, continued through high school, and started doing community theatre after college. I hope to continue doing shows long into the future!

In what ways do you relate to your character?
As a young adult in our current political climate, I am working on becoming more involved and informed on policy and learning how I can can lend my voice to issues that are important to me. My character and the other rebels are also learning that they have a voice and how to find the courage to use it.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I recently became a podcast listener! Some favorites are You Must Remember This, Potterless, and American Story Tellers.

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
Just like in Urinetown, I think it’s important that we realize the role that policymakers and corporations play in contributing to the way we use our world’s resources. Also, we see how much power the people can have, and because of that, we need to be aware of the effects today’s decisions have on future generations.

Why should people come see Urinetown?
It’s an entertaining show that addresses important issues with fun songs and humor for the kid in everyone!

Do you have any special skills that you are proud of?
I can still play the flute after ten years of no practice!

What is your dream role or show?
Belle in Beauty and the Beast

What sound do you love?
The sound of rain on the roof.

If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?
Treat others better than you would treat yourself.

What’s something you’ve tried, that you’ll never, ever try again?
Jalapeño-infused water

John Paul Kilecdi-Li (Billy Boy Bill)

John Paul Kilecdi-Li is excited to make his SCP debut! He was last seen in The White Snake (Master Wu) with Silicon Valley Shakespeare, Gondoliers (Antonio) with Lyrics Theatre of San Jose and Flower Drum Song (Chao) with Palo Alto Players. He understands that his character’s name is a mouthful – you can call him Bill.


How did you get started in Theater?
Unwittingly by writing and performing skits in grade school to win meaningful/less awards. Then I did a musical in college. Yes, only one (insert sad face here [sic]). Enough to hook me in to go crazy after college though.

In what ways do you relate to your character?
I’m a boy (at heart). I grew up being the most economic kid (“Mom, I don’t need more pocket money for now”). I wear the same pair of sneakers as my character (a.k.a. economic costuming).

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I don’t drive at all. I rely on shuttles, my bike, and the benevolence of fellow actors to commute to and from rehearsals/performances.

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
The separation. The fear. The hopefulness amid the hopelessness, and yet the absolute cluelessness of where we’re heading.

Why should people come see Urinetown?
(I feel like someone else who submitted their bio earlier would have already called dibs on this answer.) (The content in the previous parenthesis is part of my response; not the content in this one.)

Do you have any special skills that you are proud of?
Finding remote similarities between people and songs. Speaking random languages and solving problems in dreams. And taking 10-20m naps at (almost) any location without setting an alarm.

What is your dream role or show?
N/A. I feel like my life would be miserable if I allow myself to dream in that direction. The yearning would be unbearable.

What sound do you love?
Ice-cream trucks. With the Doppler effect. They remind me of the days when I still ate ice-cream and did physics.

If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?
Hey. Look at me in the eyes. It’s going to be ok [x8, or how many times it takes to fill the rest of the 30s].

What’s something you’ve tried, that you’ll never, ever try again?
I tried to be a romantic dreamer. That didn’t work out. I’ll try to be a realistically skeptical, self-deprecatingly humorous, persistently enthusiastic, profoundly understanding, healthfully comfortable, and somewhat romantic dreamer instead.

Peter Spoelstra (Hot Blades Harry)

Peter Spoelstra is excited to make his debut with Sunnyvale Community Players in this production of Urinetown: The Musical as Hot Blades Harry! Past credits include Macbeth (Ross) with Silicon Valley Shakespeare; Our Town (George), Appointment with Death (Lennox), and Suburban Undertow (Rich) at Foothill College. He has also been a recurring cast member performing improv at Made Up Theatre. Peter would like to thank his friends and family for always supporting him!


How did you get started in Theater?
I was in my first show in 8th grade in a production of Into the Woods, and that’s when I discovered that I loved performing.

In what ways do you relate to your character?
Seeing as how he is crazy, there aren’t very many.  However, we both have a lot of energy.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
You may be surprised to learn that I thought about this question for an hour and a half and this is the best I could come up with.

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
We are in a period of our history where wealth inequality and police brutality are becoming a major issues at the forefront of our lives, and those are both major themes in this production.

Why should people come see Urinetown?
Because we’re going to put on a great show!

Do you have any special skills that you are proud of?
I bake a delicious apple pie.

If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?
I’m not sure, but with my luck, it would probably happen when I wasn’t ready for it and I’d be in the bathroom or something.

What’s something you’ve tried, that you’ll never, ever try again?
Staying awake for over 24 hours in a row without sleeping.

Stephanie Whigham (Soupy Sue)

Stephanie Whigham could most recently be seen as Narrator/Ensemble in The White Snake with Silicon Valley Shakespeare, and prior to that as Molly in Shakespeare in Love with Palo Alto Players. Other notable roles include Anna in Closer (Northside Theatre), Cleopatra in Antony & Cleopatra (SVS), Estelle in No Exit (Mojo Theatre), and Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show (Roshi Productions). In addition to performing, she has worked professionally as a stage manager, costume and properties designer, and stage electrician. She is currently the graphic designer for several Bay Area theatre companies. www.stephaniewhigham.com


How did you get started in Theater?
Dance Company and Drama class in high school.

In what ways do you relate to your character?
I love soup. Like, a lot. Soup is one of the greatest foods in existence.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I grew up very conservative and didn’t have my first kiss until age 18

Why do you think this Urinetown is relevant today?
Wealth inequality and late-stage capitalism are still major problems for society.

Why should people come see Urinetown?
It’s a fun show with great songs.

Do you have any special skills that you are proud of?
Horror movie screams

What is your dream role or show?
Petra in A Little Night Music, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.

What sound do you love?
Rainstorms.

If you had the world’s attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?
You can’t eat or breathe money. We only have one planet to call home.

What’s something you’ve tried, that you’ll never, ever try again?
I usually try everything twice, in case I got it wrong the first time.

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