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November 7-22, 2014

tick, tick... BOOM!

Book, Lyrics and Music by Jonathan Larson
Script Consultant David Auburn
Vocal Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen Oremus

Jonathan Larson’s semi-autobiographical tale about a composer living the bohemian lifestyle and taking a hard look at his life on the eve of his 30th birthday. His girlfriend's desire to marry and leave New York City for the suburbs, possible career changes and all sorts of other pressures cause him to question his ultimate dream -- writing the great American musical. Containing the kind of powerhouse musical numbers that helped make Rent a smash hit, tick, tick... BOOM! is an endearing, engaging look at persevering to make your dreams a reality. Photos by Michael Brunk |

tick, tick... BOOM!


Adam Minton (Jon) Adam is thrilled to be getting back into the theater scene and to be joining SecondStory Rep for this amazing show. After growing up in New Jersey, Adam majored in Theatre For Youth at Shenandoah Conservatory, and has numerous credits in acting, directing, and design. Favorite on-stage roles include: Pippin (Pippin), Charlie Brown (You're A Good Man...), Applegate (Damn Yankees), Tobias (Sweeney Todd), and most recently, The Baker in Into The Woods this past summer in Shoreline. He would like to thank his loving husband, his Mother and Father for encouraging his theater passion all his life, SecondStory for this phenomenal opportunity, and this rockin' cast and production team!

Faith Howes (Susan) is delighted to be making her debut with SecondStory Rep. Recent credits include: Commedia Cinderella (Columbia) at Sea Side Rep,The Tortoise and the Hare (Buddy/ Osgood) with Missoula Children’s Theatre, Spring Awakening (Adult Woman,) and Robin Hood (Allen A’dale) at Emerson College. Faith also is a proud member of The Dicken's Carolers and a current Teaching Artist Apprentice with Seattle Children's Theatre. She holds a B.A. in Theater Education and Performance from Emerson College. Thank you to Kate and Amy for all your support! More at

Ryan Lile (Michael) is extremely excited to be performing in his first full length show since his sequin-clad days performing on cruise ships in 2008. These days he spends most of his time recording audiobooks and teaching yoga around the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle. Thanks so much to SSR for the opportunity to perform in a show he's been geeking out over since he was 17.


Benjamin Bentler (Music Director) joins SecondStory Rep for the first time with tick, tick…BOOM! He previously music directed, conducted, or provided additional orchestrations for 5th Avenue, Marriott Theatre, Spokane Civic, and various theaters throughout the midwest. Favorite projects include Wonderful Town, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Drowsy Chaperone, In the Heights, Tarzan, and Mary Poppins. His work has been heard in Chicago at the Marriott Theatre and Porchlight Music Theatre and in Seattle at the 5th Avenue and Village Theatre KIDSTAGE. Other professional work includes Resident Music Director at Spokane Civic Theatre, Director/Music Director at ICCT, and has been a private vocal teacher with hundreds of students across the country. Mr. Bentler is a graduate of University of Iowa and is a member of NATS. Thanks to my fiancé Tyler for creating art together in Seattle and my loving parents for helping me reach for my dreams.

Aaron Alonso (Stage Manager) is thrilled to work with SecondStory Repertory! Recent stage management credits include Little Shop of Horrors at Mount Baker Theatre, Shrek: The Musical at Village Theatre KIDSTAGE Everett, and Equus and RENT at Western Washington University. Upon graduating from Western Washington University, Aaron also had a brief stint this summer at the renowned Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut. He thanks his friends and family for all of their support in his crazy theatrical endeavors!

Carmen Olmedo (Costume Designer) is thrilled to be costuming for SecondStory Rep once more. She'd like to thank her cast, fellow production team, friends, family, and absolutely stupendous boyfriend for all their support throughout this process. Previous credits include Alice's Anthem, 14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival, Fiddler on the Roof, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Jerry Springer the Opera.

Jen Chenovick (Light Design) Jen's theatrical career began in 2002 when she was asked to assistant stage manage The Importance of Being Ernest right here at SSR. Following her passion for theater Jen moved to Hollywood in 2005 where she stage managed for The Blank Theatre including the oddly satisfying Lobster Alice starring Noah Wylie and Nicholas Brendon. While in California, she also worked with Syzygy Theatre Group and the World Premiere of Tender, Abi Morgan’s trenchant drama of the human hunger for connection. Jen moved back to Redmond in 2007 and jumped right back into her work with SSR. During her eighteen plus years at SSR Jen has worn many hats, from stage manager to production manager to managing director and now light design. Special thanks to my parents, they’re pretty cool.

Mark Chenovick (Set Design/Technical Director) has been designing, building, and painting sets since the mid-eighties. Having the fortune to begin his theatrical career under the tutelage of Don McLaughlin in his hometown of Helena Montana, Mark continued his training at the University of Washington where he was accepted into the Graduate Design Seminar his sophomore year. With subsequent degrees in Art History and Drama, Mark went on to serve as technical director/designer for multiple organizations including: Virginia Musical Theatre, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Little Theater of the Rockies, and the Norfolk Governor’s School for the Arts. As Technical Director/Production Manager of the national tour of Anything Goes (starring Gloria Loring) Mark travelled around the United States and Canada realizing that there is no place quite as wonderful as the Pacific Northwest. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, and following a brief stint as a carpenter at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., he moved back to Seattle. Locally he has worked behind the scenes for the Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Redwood Theatre, and, of course, SecondStory Repertory.

Mark Chenovick (Sound Design) I began my sound design journey splicing reel-to-reel tape together in the basement of the original Penthouse Theater on the University of Washington campus but it was my brief time in the MFA program at Utah State University, where I learned the joys of digital sound design, and subsequently, became hooked on sound design for life. Having provided composed and curated underscoring and soundscaping, original and sourced sound effects, and performance amplification services for multiple theaters across the US, I have felt the most at home at SSR. Special thanks to Squolfie, ‘lil Squolf, and my extended family. You are the music of my life. #bandistoohot #sorrynotsorry

Mark Chenovick (Projection Design) has designed projections for over 100 shows in the last ten years. Prior to that he worked with CJS design, a website design and hosting company, developing custom websites for clients ranging from Draper Valley Farms to Seattle Film Group. He also co-created and ran the now defunct, a website focused on Seattle area theater, featuring audition listings, helpful articles, and show reviews. In addition to projections, Mark also designs all of the marketing materials you see at SSR including; posters, show graphics, and website. All my love to Jen. Enjoy the show!


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