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Lydia and the Troll

May 5 – June 11, 2023

Leo K. Theater

Due to popular demand, extended to June 11!

Lydia is struggling to find her voice. As a Black woman on the brink of breaking through the music industry, her dreams of being a record producer feel just out of her reach. But when a mysterious stranger offers her a chance to level up, Lydia embarks on a thrilling journey of self-discovery to take back what is hers. Inspired by the fantasy and folklore of Seattle’s landmarks, playwright and composer Justin Huertas (Lizard Boy) conjures up fresh Pacific Northwest magic through a riveting electronic/pop score and multi-media landscape in this world-premiere musical.

The Fremont Troll was designed and built in 1990 by Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, and Ross Whitehead.

a whimsical fantasy world populated by all-too-human characters, irrepressibly catchy numbers that don’t skimp on the lyrical complexity, and a light touch that tells stories with capital-E emotions

The Seattle Times

Magical...With incredible songs infused with an electronic/pop score, this fable goes well beyond a simple fairy tale


Important Dates

Event Type Event Dates
Preview Performances May 5 - May 9
Opening Night May 10
Open Captioning May 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Mask-Required Performances May 21 at 7:30 p.m. & May 24 at 2 p.m.
Theatermakers/Composer Meet and Greet May 25 at 5:30 p.m.
Post-Show Actor Talk May 25
ASL/Audio Description May 27 at 2 p.m.
Teen Night June 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Get a Glimpse

Watch the Lydia and the Troll show trailer.
Hear "Imagine a Life" sung by star Sarah Russell on "New Day Northwest," plus an interview with creator Justin Huertas.
Hear more from creator Justin Huertas in a conversation with Emily Fox on KEXP's May 27 Sound & Vision podcast episode.
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Engage with the Play

  • Artwork for Show Program

    Show Program

    Explore the Encore+ digital program for Lydia and the Troll before you arrive at the theater.

    Show Program
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    Student Play Guide

    Check out the Lydia and the Troll student Play Guide.

    Play Guide
  • Artwork for Sensory Guide

    Sensory Guide

    A scene-by-scene guide of the sensory impact of this show that individuals may experience. 

    Sensory Guide
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    Justin Huertas in The Seattle Times

    "With a new musical at Seattle Rep, Justin Huertas is ready to level up." Read more in this interview with Lydia and the Troll creator Justin Huertas in The Seattle Times.

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  • Artwork for Lydia on Inside Seattle Rep

    Lydia on Inside Seattle Rep

    Dive into Lydia and the Troll interviews, behind-the-scenes content, and more on Inside Seattle Rep.

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    Show-Inspired Media List

    Librarians at Seattle Public Library curated this list of books and media to enhance your experience of Lydia and the Troll.

    Media List

Song List

I’ve Been Watching Lydia


Imagine a Life

Can’t Get Better

I Was Never Looking



Carry the Weight

My Next Phase


Hero of the Story

Black Hair


Imagine a Life (Reprise)


This is My Body

The Chase


Cast & Creative


Justin Huertas

Book, Music & Lyrics

Steven Tran

Additional Music, Music Production & Music Supervisor

Ameenah Kaplan

Co-Creator & Director

Bryce Cutler

Scenic & Projections Designer

Danielle Nieves

Costume Designer

Robert J. Aguilar

Lighting Designer

Erin Bednarz

Sound Designer

Cherelle D. Guyton, MBA

Hair/Wig & Makeup Designer

Guy Garrison

Puppet Creator

Elisa Money

Associate Music Director & Conductor

Jessica C. Bomball

Stage Manager (May 5 - 28)

Stina Lotti

Stage Manager (May 31 - June 4)

Malie Fujii

Assistant Stage Manager


Janet Krupin


Sarah Russell


Adam Standley


Guy Garrison


Sophia Franzella


Esther Okech

u/s Jane, Lydia

Ricky Spaulding

u/s Pete, Puppeteer

Band & Music Team

Elisa Money


Scot Sexton


Daniel Arthur

Music Assistant & Copyist

Aaron Norman

Music Consultant

Additional Staff

Ben Goldberg

Projections Programmer

Rosemary Lisa Jones

Stage Management Apprentice

David Misner


Evan Rees

Head Audio

Daira Miranda Rodriguez

Directing Apprentice

Shelby Rogers

Wig Build

KD Schill

Wig Run Crew

Adam Standley

Dance Captain

Mel Williams

Lighting Apprentice

Max Zamorano

Stage Management Apprentice