Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience
A rockin' show about being comfortable in your own skin — or suit.
Show Essentials
6
Roles
G
Rated
1
Act

Full Synopsis

An Announcer introduces the Naked Mole Rats of the Tunnel, rocking out onstage to their morning song ("Naked Rules!"). After the song, Venti asks Grande and Tall if they've seen their friend Wilbur. Buck Naked, mole rat anchor reporter of the Constantly Naked Network, reports that Wilbur has missed the morning song.

Elsewhere, Wilbur wonders to himself if anything in his life or the Tunnel will ever change and what it would be like to put on clothing, something no one in the Tunnel does. Suddenly, a hat falls from above. Curious, Wilbur puts the hat on ("Time To Get Dressed"). As he wrestles with his curiosity and his fear of what the other mole rats will think, more clothing rains down. Wilbur gives in and tries them all on. When he shows his outfit to Tall, Grande, and Venti, they are horrified and tell Wilbur he shouldn't try to stand out from them ("Scandal!"). Wilbur tries to reason with them, but they're having none of it. Grande sarcastically suggests that Wilbur open up a clothing store.

Wilbur takes the advice to heart and sets up shop ("Hats & More"). When a customer comes in and dashes out in a state of shock, word gets around the Tunnel. Reporters Buck Naked and Weather Mole report on the new store and express concern.

Grande, Tall, and Venti show up to confront Wilbur and take him to the portrait of Grand-Pah, their patriarch, hoping he will inspire Wilbur to see the error in his ways. When Wilbur still won't come around, Grande requests the presence of Grand-Pah himself. Grand-Pah's Secret Service Agent rocks out in anticipation of his entrance ("Grand-Power-Jam"). When the majestic Grand-Pah enters, Wilbur's friends show him Wilbur's clothed state. Grand-Pah is bewildered and ultimately decides that the whole Tunnel must be gathered for an important proclamation.

As everyone panics about this proclamation ("Proclamation"), socks and jackets begin to rain down in the tunnel. Alone, Wilbur reflects on his choices and whether or not he should get dressed ("Should I Get Dressed?").

Wilbur arrives for the proclamation, appearing to no longer wear clothes. However, he quickly reveals to Tall, Grande, and Venti that he is wearing socks — and he will never change to conform to everyone else. Grand-Pah enters, wearing a suit. Grand-Pah declares that there's no harm in wearing clothes, and the other mole rats begin to see his reasoning ("Why Not?"). They all rejoice and put together a fashion show ("Mole Rat Fashion Show"). With a whole new outlook, the mole rats present the "New Naked Rules".

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Small (Up to 10 performers)
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast

Character Breakdown

Actor A

Plays Wilbur J. Mole Rat, Jr. Wilbur is the dreamer, always looking at the clouds when everyone else has tunnel vision. Sees the best (dressed) in everyone.

Gender: any
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Actor B

Plays the following characters: Grande Mole Rat, H&M Singer

Grande is the popular kid and, consequently, the one with the most to lose. Any shift in the culture could threaten Grande's social dominance.

Gender: any
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Actor C

Plays the following characters: Venti Mole Rat, H&M Singer

Venti is the enforcer. The colony is a tricky place to understand, and now that Venti does, the mole rat is scared of having to re-discover a new place in it. 

Gender: any
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: E2
Actor D

Plays the following characters: Tall Mole Rat, H&M Singer

Tall is a rule-follower with a heart of gold. Cannot reconcile the non-naked rules with her conscience and naked decency.

Gender: any
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: B3
Actor E

Plays the following characters: Grand-Pah Mole Rat, Buck Naked, Naked Mole Rat 4, H&M Singer, Announcer

Grand-Pah is the moral authority, who is less interested in pomp than in figuring out how to solve problems. Intimidating in the abstract, dyspeptic and really old in reality.

Buck Naked is one of the panicked spreaders of information and misinformation. They represent the mood of the larger tunnel culture.

Gender: any
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: E3
Actor F

Plays the following characters: Weather Mole, Naked Mole Rat 5, H&M Singer, Potential Customer, Secret Service

Weather Mole is one of the panicked spreaders of information and misinformation. They represent the mood of the larger tunnel culture.

Secret Service Mole is dead serious, who quickly and magically transforms into a Hendrix/Joplin rocker, then back to dead serious.

Gender: any
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: A#3
Full Song List
Naked Mole Ratgets Dressed: The Rock Experience: Naked Rules!
Naked Mole Ratgets Dressed: The Rock Experience: Time To Get Dressed
Naked Mole Ratgets Dressed: The Rock Experience: Scandal!
Naked Mole Ratgets Dressed: The Rock Experience: Hats & More
Naked Mole Ratgets Dressed: The Rock Experience: Grand-Power-Jam
Naked Mole Ratgets Dressed: The Rock Experience: Proclamation
Naked Mole Ratgets Dressed: The Rock Experience: Should I Get Dressed?
Naked Mole Ratgets Dressed: The Rock Experience: Why Not?
Naked Mole Ratgets Dressed: The Rock Experience: Mole Rat Fashion Show
Naked Mole Ratgets Dressed: The Rock Experience: New Naked Rules

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Billing

Based on the picture book: Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

Originally performed at The Seattle Children's Theater on March 22, 2018

Requirements

You must give the authors/creators billing credits, as specified in the Production Contract, in a conspicuous manner on the first page of credits in all programs and on houseboards, displays and in all other advertising announcements of any kind.
Percentages listed indicate required type size in relation to title size.
NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED:
THE ROCK EXPERIENCE
(100%)
 
Based on NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED book by Mo Willems
(50%)
Published by Hyperion Books for Children
(25%)
Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems
(50%)
 
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
(50%)
 
You must also provide the following credit on the title page for all programs:
“First commissioned and Produced by Seattle Children’s Theatre.”
 
In advertisements of 1/4 page size or less, or where only the title of the play, performance dates and venue are provided, the following "shortened billing" is permissible:
NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED:
THE ROCK EXPERIENCE

Video Warning

If you purchase a separate license to allow non-commercial video recording of this production, you must print the following in your program. ANY VIDEO RECORDING MADE OF THIS PERFORMANCE IS AUTHORIZED FOR PERSONAL, AT-HOME, NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY. THE SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF SUCH RECORDING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED UNDER FEDERAL COPYRIGHT LAW. If you do not purchase the separate license for video recording, you must print the following in your program. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited

Included Materials

ItemQuantity Included
PERFORMANCE AUDIO TRACKS DIGITAL1
LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOK8
PIANO VOCAL SCORE2

Production Resources

Resource
LOGO PACK DIGITAL
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT MEDIUM
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT SMALL
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT X-LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK ADULT XX-LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK CHILD LARGE
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK CHILD MEDIUM
LOGO TEES SIX-PACK CHILD SMALL
PRODUCTIONPRO

STANDARD ORCHESTRATION

InstrumentationDoubling
BASS
DRUMS
GUITAR