RJFCreative Presents

Summer House Party Tour!
July 7 to August 22 in a yard near you!

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BOOK & LYRICS: Robert John Ford




Mary Bricker

Craig Petersen

Megan Schettler Schug

Eric Layden


contains subject matter and language

that may not be suitable for children

under the age of 13.

Sketch: “Opening”

featuring the song “Welcome To Utopia” 

as sung to “Alexander Hamilton” from HAMILTON


Sketch: “Good Morning Iowa!”

featuring the song “Good Morning, Iowa” as sung to “Good Morning, Baltimore” from HAIRSPRAY; featuring the song “You’re Gonna Die!” as sung to “The Mob Song” from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; featuring the song “Don't Cry To Me From The Freeway" as sung to “Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" from EVITA; featuring the song “The Hawkeyes Versus Cyclones” as sung to “A Weekend In The Country” from A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC; featuring the song “He Has No Future” ss sung to “No Day But Today” from RENT


Sketch: “Just Desserts” 

featuring the song “Jello” as sung to Adele’s “Hello” and “Hello” from THE BOOK OF MORMON


Sketch: “Suburbia”

featuring the song “Indianola” as sung to “Old Man River” from SHOW BOAT; featuring the song “West Des Moines” as sung to "Anything You Can Do" from ANNIE GET YOUR GUN; featuring the song “Pleasant Hill” as sung to “Guenevere” from CAMELOT; featuring the song “Polk City” as sung to Gene Pitney’s “A Town Without Pity;" featuring the song “Windsor Heights” as sung to “Be Our Guest” from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; featuring the song “Norwalk” as sung to Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis;” featuring the song “Ankeny” as sung to “All I Owe, I Owe Iowa” from STATE FAIR; featuring the song “Grimes” as sung to “Time Heals Everything” from MACK & MABEL; featuring the song “Waukee” as sung to the Champ’s “Tequila;” featuring the song “Altoona” as sung to “A Summer In Ohio” from THE LAST FIVE YEARS; featuring the song “Johnston” as sung to Queen’s “We Are The Champions" featuring the song “Urbandale” as sung to “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile” from ANNIE; featuring the song “Bondurant” as sung to “Urinetown” from URINETOWN; featuring the song “Clive” as sung to “Being Alive” from COMPANY


Sketch: “Cy-Hawk Story” 

featuring the song “The Clone Song” as sung to “The Jet Song” from WEST SIDE STORY; featuring the song “A Hawkeye”

as sung to “Maria” from WEST SIDE STORY; featuring the song Bud Light” as sung to “Tonight” from WEST SIDE STORY; featuring the song “A Hawk Like That” as sung to “A Boy Like That” from WEST SIDE STORY; featuring the song “You and I at UNI” as sung to “Somewhere” from WEST SIDE STORY.


Encore: “Vanilla Nice”

featuring the original song “Hy-Vee Bag Boy” loosely based on Queen’s “Under Pressure” and Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice, Baby”

Mary Bricker (Ensemble Actor):  Epic Stage Productions – Utopia, The Iowa Musical Revue! (2010, 2011, 2015, 2018, and touring editions), Caucus! The Musical (2016); Iowa Stage Theatre Company – Adore Us! Line (Elizabeth Warren); Des Moines Metro Opera – A Little Night Music; Des Moines Community Playhouse – Young Frankenstein (Cloris Award and Dionysos Award winner), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hello, Dolly!;  Tallgrass Theatre – Independence (Cloris Award nominee); Repertory Theater of Iowa – The Importance of Being Earnest, The Crucible; Mooncoin Entertainment – The Cripple of Inishmaan;  StageWest – The Underpants, The Women of Lockerbie;  Drama Workshop – Sunrise at Campobello, The Mikado. Family: Husband Joe Smith and sons Jeff and Carter. "The family that does plays together stays together." 

Craig Petersen (Ensemble Actor): Epic Stage Productions – Utopia, The Iowa Musical Revue! (2010, 2011, 2015, 2018, and touring editions), Caucus! The Musical (2016); Des Moines Onstage – The Normal Heart (Ned Weeks; Cloris Award nominee); Integral Artist Theatre – The Real Inspector Hound, Freud's Last Session; Goldfinch Theatre Company – Macbeth;  Repertory Theatre of Iowa – That Championship Season; Des Moines Social Club – The Last 5 Years; The Des Moines Playhouse – Tuesdays with Morrie, The Pajama Game, The Wedding Singer; Theatre for a Change – The Pillowman; Family: Wife Kristin Larson and daughter Grace.  "Dance like nobody's watching but just in case, put on some pants."


Megan Schettler Schug (Ensemble Actor): Epic Stage Productions – Utopia, The Iowa Musical Revue! (2010, 2011, 2015, 2018, and touring editions);  Des Moines Community Playhouse – The Producers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Dionysos Award winner), Girls' Weekend, 9 to 5 The Musical, Curtains, Pinkalicious, Leading Ladies, Don’t Dress for Dinner; Integral Artists Theatre – The Real Inspector Hound; Repertory Theatre of Iowa – Sense and Sensibility; Buena Vista University – Lysistrata, Grease!  Family: husband Cody Schug and daughter Amelia. 

Eric Layden (Ensemble Actor, Music Director) is the band director at Saydel High School in Des Moines, where he runs the marching band, jazz band, and concert band. He has been involved in local theater for several years, including performing in Young Frankenstein (Ziggy), Little Mermaid (Ensemble), and Ragtime (Father, all at the Des Moines Playhouse). Eric music directed the nationally recognized Adore Us! Line (Iowa Stage), and has also performed (either singing or playing piano for his beautiful and talented wife Taylor) at several late night cabarets at Noce.

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Joe Smith (Production Manager) is a frequently seen local actor and loves to work backstage too. Recent roles include Bernie Sanders in Robert John Ford’s Adore Us! Line (Iowa Stage), Ernie in Neil Simon’s Rumors (Tallgrass Theater Company), Jon in Marjorie Prime (Stage West) and Tony Riley in Outside Mullingar (Stage West). Favorite past roles include Saul in True West, Mr. Smith in The Bald Soprano, Clown 1 in The 39 Steps, Mr. Lockhart in The Seafarer, Adam in As You Like It, Louis Howe in Sunrise at Campobello and Peter in Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story.  Joe is married to actress Mary Bricker; they have two grown sons, Jeffrey and Carter. Joe works as a Marketing Communications Business Partner for UnityPoint Health System Services in West Des Moines. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, reading, writing, and tinkering with audio equipment.

Robert John Ford (Creator, Book & Lyrics) is an award-winning playwright, composer, lyricist and theatre producer whose plays have been produced throughout the country. He is a native of Iowa, where he still maintains his base and operates his own theatre production company RJFCreative and his own creative writing service Custom Songs & Scripts.  His plays and musicals that have been previously produced in Des Moines include: Adore Us! Line (2020), Caucus! The Musical (2008, 2012, 2016), Utopia – The Iowa Musical Revue (2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2018), Six-On-Six: The Musical (2009, 2017), The World’s Largest Aluminum Foil Ball (2007), and Sleeping Dogs (2009).  His songs have been performed at Carnegie Hall and at cabaret clubs in New York, Chicago, and Toronto by notable Broadway stars such as Jeremy Jordan and Laura Benanti.  In 2012, he was selected to participate as a lyricist in the prestigious BMI Musical Theatre Workshop in New York and continues his involvement today.  In June 2014, he was one of five artists selected to be an Iowa Arts Council Fellow in the inaugural year of the program. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Off-Broadway Theatre Alliance, ASCAP, the National New Play Exchange, and several writer's groups.

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