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

Well, except Wilbur, that is. Emmy winner and Caldecott honoree Mo Willems is back, once again teaming up with Deborah Wicks La Puma, composer of Elephant and Piggie’s “We are in a Play!”, for this world premiere, rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza. Grab your friends and watch as Wilbur, a clothes-loving mole rat with exceptional style, navigates the pressure to be just like everyone else. With tail-shaking tunes, empowering messages of individuality, and classic Mo Willems humor, this musical is sure to rock audiences of all ages.

Charlotte Martin Theatre

Age Recommendation
For Ages 5+

Running Time
Approx. 60 minutes with no intermission.


This production has past.

“packed with fun for kids and grown-ups”


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Cast / Creative

Greg Allen

Grand-Pah Mole Rat/Buck Naked/Naked Mole Rat 4/H&M Singer/Announcer

Lisa Estridge

Grande Mole Rat/H&M Singer

Duncan Frost

Venti Mole Rat/H&M Singer

Rich Gray

Wilbur J. Mole Rat, Jr.

Kate Jaeger

Tall Mole Rat/H&M Singer

Vickielee Wohlbach

Weather Mole/Naked Mole Rat 5/H&M Singer/Potential Customer/Secret Service

Molli Corcoran

Female Understudy

Basil Harris

Male Understudy

Production Team

Linda Hartzell Director

Mo Willems Playwright

Deborah Wicks La Puma Composer

Dr. Megan Alrutz Dramaturg

Tim Symons Music Director

Marianne Roberts Choreographer

Michael B. Paul Stage Manager

Emma Pihl Production Assistant

Jeffrey Cook Scenic Designer

Cathy Meacham Hunt Costume Designer

Andy Smith Lighting Designer

Chris Walker Sound Designer

Reading List

For Children & Young Adults:

Weird & Wild Animal Facts
Jessica Loy

Be Who You Are
Todd Parr

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
Christine Baldacchino

Red: A Crayon’s Story
Michael Hall

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink
Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple

Jingle Dancer
Cynthia Leitich Smith

Maggie and Michael Get Dressed
Denise Fleming

Zorro Gets an Outfit
Carter Goodrich

Liz Wong
Follow young Quackers as he better understands his identity as both a kitten and a duck, realizing that he doesn’t have to choose one or the other!

For Adults Working with Children & Young Adults:

Learn to Speak Fashion: A Guide to Creating, Showcasing, and Promoting Your Style
Laura deCarufel

Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois
Amy Novesky

Human Body: A Visual Encyclopedia
Richard Walker/ D.K. Publishing

Why is Art Full of Naked People?: And Other Vital Questions About Art
Susie Hodge

Underworld: Exploring the Secret World Beneath Your Feet
Jane Price
Naked mole rats are natural burrowers, creating complex tunnel networks underground. Learn about what else is happening beneath your feet!

Booklist prepared by Ashley Braun and Jenny Craig
Seattle Public Library

More Info

Based on the book Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems, audiences who laughed along with Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” will love this new adaptation, commissioned and premiered for your family by SCT.