Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience

Written by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Based on the picture book Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

Rock out and experience the joy of being you! Wilbur the Naked Mole Rat was just like all the other naked mole rats until the day an ordinary hat falls into his tunnel and transforms his life forever. Based on the hit children’s book by Mo Willems, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience proves that there’s no need to be just like everyone else. With tail-shaking tunes and inspiring messages of individuality, this musical is sure to rock audiences of all ages!


Back for the fourth year in a row, the Youth Artist Project partners student artists with professional theatre artists and educators to bring a show to life! The student team will design and direct Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience under the mentorship of the professional team. This year’s production will be available for both in-person and streaming audiences with public and school shows in March 2023. 

These high school students will fulfill their roles under the mentorship of theatre professionals:

Director – Facio Long
Music Director – Skylar Niebergall
Choreographer – Keeley Kreft
Lighting Designer – Erin Volker
Sound Designer – Keira Gray
Props Master – Griffin Jensen
Scenic Designer – Roman Jordan
Costume Designer – Nik Berger


  • Auditions – Jan 16 & 17, 2023
    • Open to youth ages 8-18! Audition information will be posted in early January 2023.
  • Rehearsals begin – Jan 30
  • Public Performances – March 18 & 25
  • School Matinee Performances – March 21 & 23


Questions about YAP? Reach out to Kendra Norton Dando, Artistic & Education Director.

Questions about student matinees? Reach out to Colin Nord, Education Manager.

See what our youth artists had to say about 2022’s, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Hear about the experiences of our 2021 youth artists!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Central MN Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.