something rotten!
book by karey kirkpatrick and john o'farrell
music and lyrics by wayne kirkpatrick and karey kirkpatrick
conceived by karey kirkpatrick and wayne kirkpatrick
directed by jonathan hadley
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Brandon Burkhardt (Nick Bottom) is thrilled to perform in another UI production, where he was previously seen as the Soldier in Sunday in the Park with George and Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore. Other performances include Meet Me in St. Louis (Lon), The Sound of Music (Rolf), Cinderella (Prince Topher), Bright Star (Billy Cane), Newsies (Race), and Mamma Mia with Theatre Cedar Rapids; Camelot (Lancelot), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), and Side Show (Terry) with City Circle; West Side Story (Tony), Les Mis (Jean Valjean) and Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow) with Theatre West; and Persuasion (Young Charles) with Chamber Opera Tours to Chicago, NYC, Canada, and the UK.  He was also Charles Clarke/Stevedore (Andrews u/s) in Titanic with Revival Theatre as well as a soloist in An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein with Revival/Brucemorchestra. Huge thanks to his family and friends and the entire cast and crew!  

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Cullen Asbery is a Third-Year double majoring in Vocal Performance and Theatre Arts on the Musical Theatre Track. This is Cullen’s third production at the University of Iowa and second mainstage production. He was last seen in the University's production of String. Cullen would like to thank his family and friends for constantly supporting him and filling his life with joy. He would like to encourage everyone to give their fur babies an extra hug tonight as one is never sure when they will have to say goodbye. Finally, Asbery would like to remind the audience to stay true to themselves in everything they do.

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Samantha is a third-year student from Chicago majoring in English and Theatre Arts - Musical Theatre Track. Sam's previous Iowa credits include String (Geneva), devised production of Ascend, and Orchestra Manager for The Bacchae. Outside of the university, she has written and performed in Impractical Magic at the Laugh Out Loud Theatre in Chicago. Sam couldn’t be more thankful for this production and all the wonderful people who supported her along the way! 

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This is Alice's fourth production at the University of Iowa, and this semester she took her role very seriously. To really become Portia, Alice converted to Catholicism and refused to look any man in the eyes for the past four months. She also didn't read anything besides her bible and is constantly praying. She won't stop praying. In her own words she "takes her craft very seriously". She would like to thank her friends and family for supporting her decision to become a theatre major and a Puritan, and she hopes you enjoy the show! 

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Shakespeare | JACOB LICHT*

Jacob Licht is a third year Musical Theater and Screenwriting double major here at the University of Iowa. He would like to send a message to all you beautiful tudors out there and say that this cast has been working really hard to give you one hell of a show and he hopes that you all enjoy it and have an amazing time. He would like to thank his friends and family for supporting his craft and allowing him to do pelvic thrusts, pelvic gyrations, and pelvic thrusts 24/7. And in the words of William Shakespeare, "Is it good to see me or what?" 

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Nostradamus | BRODY OHM*

Brody Ohm is making his second appearance on the Mabie Stage at the University of Iowa. His most recent production was String last year. He is grateful to his family and friends for their love and support and would like to thank all those involved in Something Rotten! for making this a rewarding experience. 

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Brother Jeremiah | ALEX GRANFIELD

Alex is thrilled to return to the Mabie stage with Something Rotten! Alex is a Fall 2022 graduate of the University of Iowa, and has a BA in Music and Theatre Arts. Previous shows and roles include String (O'Brien/Mickey swing), A Year with Frog and Toad (Snail/others), Bright Star (Stanford Adams/ensemble), and Little Shop of Horrors (Bernstein/ensemble). Alex has had an absolute blast getting in touch with his spiritual self for this show, and is beyond grateful for the many people in his life who have supported him along the way. 

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Margaret Schafer is so excited to be part of this incredible production! She is a fourth-year undergraduate from Cedar Falls pursuing a Theatre major (Musical Theatre focus), Political Science minor, and Museum Studies certification. She was most recently seen on the UI stage as Lois in The Children's Hour. Other UI credits include String (Time/Chorus), Where Are You Going, Holler Greene? (Lizard), [the serpent under't] (Stentho), and the 2020 Ten-Minute Play Festival (Patti, Encounters in the Moment). 

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Lady Clapham & Bea understudy | VIRGINIA MUTURI*

Virginia Wangechi Muturi: Senior, Theatre Arts and Enterprise Leadership double-major. UIowa theatre credits: The Children's Hour (Fall 2022), I Shall Not Be Moved (NPF 2022- Reading Series), Gwenevere (Spring 2022), Smile Medicine (Fall 2021), Ascend (Spring 2021), 6x6: Collected Perspectives on Social Justice -The Honey War & #Masks (Fall 2020), & Taurus Sun/Aries Moon (Early 2020). Instagram: @virginiawmuturi

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Minstrel & Bea understudy | ANDELYN SUNDERMAN*

Andelyn is a 4th year student from Pella, Iowa. She is majoring in Vocal Performance and Theatre Arts -Musical Theatre Track and minoring in Communications. This is Andelyn’s first production at the University. Outside of school, she has been a part of productions such as The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess), James and The Giant Peach (Ladahlord), and The Music Man. She is so excited for this production and thankful to all those who made it possible! 

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Peter Quince & Nigel understudy | NEIL SMITHSON*

Neil is a third year Theatre Arts major on the musical theatre track. You most recently would've seen Neil as Mac in CO-OP and Zeus in String

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Kylen Phillips (He/Him) is a first year screenwriting and theatre arts double major. He is on the musical theatre track and has been in outside productions like The Little Mermaid and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He is very excited to work with his Iowa family to bring Something Rotten! to life! 

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Tom & Nick understudy | JOEY LEPIRE*

Joey Lepire is a Second Year Theatre Arts Major and is grateful for the opportunity to be involved is such a fun show with so many talented artists! He has performed in previous University productions including The Lazaretto and String. He would like to thank his family and specifically his mother for their love and support. 

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Nicolette is a first-year student from Chicago, Illinois, majoring in Theatre Arts - Musical Theatre Track. Nicolette is excited to be making her debut performance at the University of Iowa. Nicolette’s most recent credit includes Chicago (Velma Kelly) at Maine South High School. Being a part of this production means a lot to Nicolette, and she is grateful for this opportunity. She thanks everyone who has helped her along the way! 

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Francis | ELLIE TURK*

Ellie Turk is a senior Theatre Arts and Chemistry major from the Twin Cities. Past University performances include You Are Not Alone in the Void, Shakespeare in Flux, Bigfoot Takes a Walk, Sirens of the Field, Wild, Wonderful, Smile Medicine, String and The Children's Hour

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Horatio | TONY NGUYEN*

Tony is excited to be in his first production at the University of Iowa. Tony is from Davenport, Iowa, and attended Davenport West High School where he played roles in musicals such as Gomez in The Addams Family and Mushnik in The Little Shop of Horrors. As well as performed in the Cabaret during the Iowa Thespians Festival in 2019. Tony would like to thank his mom, dad, and sisters for all their love and support, as well as his friends for always being there to help him remember lines. Tony would also like to thank the faculty of the theatre department for giving him the opportunity to follow his dreams and appreciates the support that every faculty member gives! 

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Ensemble & Portia understudy | HELAINA KALMAN*

Helaina is a second-year student at the University of Iowa. She is currently double majoring in Musical Theatre and Broadcast Journalism, and she is adding a minor in American Sign Language. Some of her previous roles include Cosette in Les Misérables, Belle in Beauty And The Beast, and Cinderella in Into The Woods. She also teaches private voice lessons and music directs a troupe at the Willow Creek Theater. She is so excited to be in her second musical at the University and hopes you all enjoy Something Rotten! 

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Ensemble & Minstrel understudy | NIYATI DESHPANDE*

Niyati Deshpande is a second-year undergraduate student double-majoring in Theatre Arts on the Musical Theatre track and Educational Studies & Human Relations. Favorite credits include Natasha in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (Riverside Theatre), Sara in Deer’s Blood (University of Iowa Theatre), and Cinderella in Into the Woods (Theatre West). Niyati would like to thank her loved ones and mentors for their support, as well as the creative team for their dedication. 

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Ensemble & Shakespeare understudy | IAN OLDEROG*

Ian is a freshman at the University of Iowa. He is majoring in Theatre Arts & Creative Writing. Whether it’s through stand-up or improv, he is often found telling really funny jokes sometimes. If you have further inquiries of Ian’s talent feel free to dial his personal assistant: (563) 549-0017 

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Ensemble | JASPER ROOD*

Jasper Rood (he/him) is from Mount Vernon, Iowa and has been doing theater since he was three years old. Jasper is President of the UIowa Improv Club and Treasurer of the UIowa Cold Read Club. In his spare time he enjoys listening to albums.

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Kayce Drevline is a fourth-year student double majoring in Theatre Arts and Journalism & Mass Communications from Arlington Heights, Illinois. She was previously seen on the Mabie stage last spring in the mainstage production of BLKS as "That Bitch on the Couch". Past favorite roles include Val in A Chorus Line, Belinda Blair in Noises Off!, and Molly Aster in Peter and the Starcatcher. Kayce would like to thank the cast, crew, and the Department of Theatre Arts for this very memorable experience, and her family and friends for their endless amount of support. 

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Ensemble | KATE TONN*

Kate Tonn is over the top excited to participate in her first and last theatre production at the University of Iowa. While you have not seen Kate perform in the Theatre Building, you may have seen her in Dance Gala 2022 at Hancher, or in the University of Iowa Dance Company last year. Kate is a senior receiving a BA in Dance with Certificates in Arts Entrepreneurship and Non Profit Leadership and Philanthropy. Kate wants to thank her parents and mentors for always supporting her and encouraging her to pursue her dreams. 

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Sophia Kilburg is excited to perform in another production with the University of Iowa! Originally from Davenport, IA, Sophia is a senior double majoring in Theatre Arts and English with a minor in Dance. She would like to thank her teachers, family, and friends for all of their support! 

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Alice Beberdick is thrilled to be performing in her second Mainstage production at the University of Iowa, Something Rotten! Alice is a senior from Wilmette, IL, studying Musical Theatre and Journalism with a Media Management minor. Previously at Iowa, Alice has been seen as Night Understudy and HR Girl in String (2022), Linda in Home Garden (2020) as well as the Fall 2021 Musical Theatre Showcase. Some other favorite credits include Carousel, Suessical, Bye Bye Birdie, Damn Yankees, Footloose, and Spamalot at Center for the Arts’ Wallace Bowl. Along with Once Upon A Mattress, Grease, and The Addams Family at New Trier High School, where she also directed a one-act play, In The Tank. She would like to thank her family and friends for their endless love and support! 

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Hello! My name is Ashley Migliore, and I am a 4th year Theatre Arts Major on the Musical Theatre track and have been performing ever since I was little. I am very passionate about singing and performing in front of others, and love to meet new people and participate in many different shows and experiences. I am very excited to meet more friends and create memories and experience during my time in the Theater Department at Iowa! 

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.