In this family-friendly performance, everyone is celebrating the covering of the last unpaved ground on the planet. Everyone except Ito, who risks everything to share what only she can hear.

Children’s events generously supported by Workscapes

Everyone is celebrating the placement of the last paving stone covering the last unpaved patch of ground on the planet—that is, everyone except Ito, a girl with ears so big she can hear the ground talking. Everyone else thinks Ito’s “sound from the ground” is her attempt to justify her humiliatingly large ears. Even Jassmin, a lass with a nose so big she can smell a lie, doesn’t believe in Ito’s sound. Threatened with the forever-silenced ground, Ito risks the ire of her pa to share the ground sound (“spoken” in music) with normal-eared people. This modern comic fable about being different and sustaining the environment was workshopped at the Sundance Institute and premiered at Idaho Theatre for Youth.

This family-friendly performance is presented by students in the MFA Theatre program studying Theatre for Young Audiences.

Kate Kilpatrick Director
Elizabeth Horn Co-Faculty Advisor
Maria Katsadouros Co-Faculty Advisor
Darius Talkington Fletcher Sound Designer


Brittany Caine Company Manager
Gary Brown Production Manager
Bianca Alamo Marketing/Community Engagement Coordinator
Claudia Lynch Stage Manager Advisor


Julia Listengarten Artistic Director
Kristina Tollefon Undergraduate Coordinator
Krissy Yagel Box Office Manager


Jazlynne Williams Stage Manager
Sarah Simone Assistant Stage Manager
Bayley Steinwehr Production Assistant


Karen N. Watson Ito
Jessica T. Johnson Rama
Julian Smith Sidney
Megan Friend Jassmine
Tanesha Bridenback Hizzonor
William Calhoun Dolor/ U/S Sidney
Erin Elkins U/S Ito, U/S Jassmine
Emily Williams U/S Rama, U/S HIzzonor, U/S Dolor
Ralph Krumins The Ground


Sandra E. Linn Education Supervisor, Harry P. Leu Gardens
Kelsie Johnson Coordinator, UCF Arboretum