Tyranny, corruption and revolution in Urinetown

By Tabitha Whitesel
Guest Writer

April 4, 2013

The University Players will be presenting ‘Urinetown: the Musical’, a dark comedy, on April 11 – 13 and 18 – 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Sloan Auditorium. There will be a matinee on April 13 at 3:00 p.m.

‘Urinetown: the Musical’ is about a place which has suffered from a 20 year drought. The government has swooped in to take over. Throughout the show the lines between right and wrong become blurred. Bobby Strong decides along the way that enough is enough, and gathers the citizens to start a revolution against the head honcho, Caldwell B. Cladwell, of the Urine Good Company. This is a unique musical due to the fact that along the way the characters poke fun at the name and the musical as well as it being a political satire.

“On the brink of a new revolution, ‘Urinetown: The Musical’ is winning the hearts of all the Poor, Rich, and the Hopeful,” described Brooke Reese, a sophomore psychology major who plays Hope Cladwell in the musical. “It starts off right away with a powerful music number, where the cast warns the audience of the dark and twisted ways of Urinetown.”

The musical was written by Greg Kotis, who also wrote the lyrics with musician Mark Hollmann, and was performed on Broadway in 2001.

“’Urinetown: The Musical’ breaks traditional grounds for people who pee everywhere, after watching ‘Urinetown’ a newly found appreciation for public amenities will be acquired,” said Jarrett Thompson, a senior majoring in Disability and Community Service and actor for Tiny Tom.

The director, Sally Story, is thrilled to direct the show and the wonderful cast that she selected.  Students are encouraged come out to support the cast, University Players, and Lock Haven University.

“With twists and turns at every scene ‘Urinetown: The Musical’ will keep you on the edge of your seats with love and fear in your heart.” Reese said.

Tickets will be available on March 25 in the box office of Sloan Fine Arts Building. Students are free with LHU I.D.

Tickets can also be reserved by phone, (570) 484-3983, or e-mail, boxoffice@lhup.edu.

Tabitha Whitesel is a senior majoring in communication and can be contacted at twhitese@lhup.edu.

Photo courtesy of University Players

Photo courtesy of University Players

 

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