Straight from the beloved children’s book, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by the uber-talented Emmy award winner and Caldecott honoree Mo Willems, Seattle Children’s Theater presents the very funny and totally rocking adaptation of Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: A Rock Experience. From catchy rock songs and upbeat and engaging characters, to an adorable “underground” set and inspiring and positive life lessons, this is one experience you and your little theatergoers will not forget. Scroll down for the rockin’ deets on this latest musical extravaganza.

photo: Elise Bakketun for Seattle Children’s Theatre

They are a little bit rat. They are a little bit mole. They are all naked.

Here’s the Skin-ny
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: A Rock Experience follows the quirky antics of an underground colony of rock star Naked Mole Rats who start each day with a morning rock song. Every day, that is, except one morning when one particular Naked Mole Rat, named Wilbur, is noticeably absent from the daily rock ballad. You see, Wilbur feels a little bit different from his ecstatically and unapologetically nude friends, and wants something more in his life. Something, shall we say, more fitting for his personality. So begins this captivating, witty and music-centric production following Wilbur’s journey in bucking the naked status quo and (gasp!) wanting to wear clothes!

photo: Elise Bakketun for Seattle Children’s Theatre

Wilbur’s first foray into apparel happens when clothing starts floating (charmingly unexplained) down from the sky and he begins to consider what his in-the-buff colony will think of him if he becomes a Naked Mole Rat who wears clothes. But it doesn’t take this dapper Naked Mole Rat long to figure out that clothing is just what he needs to fill that fashionable hole in his life.

On the Edge of Your Seat
From this point on, the audience is catapulted through the story of Wilbur’s growing ensemble adoration. He will have to face how his fellow hole-dwellers will react to his new-found love of garments (and his cleverly named clothing boutique), how they intervene in his seemingly best interest and if the colony, including the revered Grand-pah Naked Mole Rat, will accept his fashion-forward style and his fondness for finery. It will also leave you and your kiddos with an endearing and encouraging overall message of acceptance to, “Why not?!” be who you are.

photo: Elise Bakketun for Seattle Children’s Theatre

Digging the Tunes
The rock’ n roll musical score, expertly played by a talented, on-stage, four-piece rock band, was composed by Deborah Wicks La Puma, who states that her and author/playwright Mo Willems’ inspiration for the jams came from classic “glam” rock artists. And it certainly hits the mark, as your mini theater enthusiasts will love the entertaining lyrics and Queen-esque beats as they watch it all unfold during the story. It is a children’s theater after all, and kiddos are encouraged to get up and dance, clap or cheer if they feel like it!

photo: Elise Bakketun for Seattle Children’s Theatre

Au Naturel on Stage
Each Naked Mole Rat is played by a skilled and talented set of actors who have each made a name for themselves at SCT. The way they depict each individual Naked Mole Rat and the personalities that they attach to them will give your kiddos (and you!) a new whimsical appreciation for these exotic underground hole-diggers. Lines are delivered with perfect comedic timing and parents will enjoy the humor as much as the little ones. The set designers keep to the overall feel of Mo Willem’s book and have created a subterranean community that is the perfect backdrop to the shenanigans of the birthday suit-donning characters on the stage. (Psst…don’t be surprised if your tiny animal lover now wants a new naked pet!)

photo: Elise Bakketun for Seattle Children’s Theatre

When to Go
From now until mid-May, head on out to catch a performance of Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: A Rock Experience. You won’t want to miss this interactive play, great for all ages. It’s exciting and it’s sheer entertainment, but it also carries through a deeper life lesson that is so relevant in today’s world.

Good to Know:
1.  If your own little mole rat gets antsy, there is a quiet room in the back to accommodate the wiggles and the babbles. You can still hear and see the show from there, so you won’t miss a thing!

2. Stick around after the play to meet the actors, ask questions and get autographs. You can even have them sign your playbill, or better yet, bring in your own Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed book for them to sign!  There is also a small gift shop in the lobby where you can buy it (and other souvenirs) if you don’t own the book yet or if you left your copy behind.

3.  The show runs for about an hour with no intermission. Plan bathroom breaks beforehand, but if you need to leave during the production, SCT suggests leaving through the upper doors in the back.

4. ASL interpreted performances are scheduled for April 14 at 1 p.m. (public) & April 19 at 10:30 a.m. (schools).

5. Audio described performances are scheduled for April 21 at 1 p.m. (public) & April 20 at 10:30 a.m. (schools).

6. Sensory friendly/relaxed performance will be held on April 8 at 11 a.m.

Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas St.
Seattle, Wa 98109

Ages: 5 & up (recommended)
Dates: Now through May 13, 2018
Days & Times: Thurs. & Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/person on Thursdays; $32/person on Fridays; $45/Adults, $40/Kids during weekend and special holiday matinees

Does your family love Mo Willem’s Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed book? Have you gone to see SCT’s rock adaptation? Tell us your favorite parts of the show in the comments below!

—Alaina Weimer


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