Urinetown is directed by Wittenberg Professor of Theatre and Dance Steven Reynolds. Susan Carlock of Wright State University is serving as guest musical director.
"If you love musicals and haven't heard of Urinetown: The Musical, the 2001 Broadway hit by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, don't be put off by the title," said the directors in a joint statement. "This is a smart, funny and overall wonderful two-hour show."
The production is a combination of various musical styles, particularly social action musicals of the mid-20th century, such as Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's Three Penny Opera, Reynolds said.
The plot of the musical tells the story of Bobby Short, who falls in love with Hope Cladwell after his father is taken to 'Urinetown,' the unknown location where urinating offenders are sent. Hope is the daughter of Caldwell B. Cladwell, the CEO of Urine Good Company, which holds a monopoly on the public amenities where poor people are forced to pay to urinate. Bobby leads a revolt against Hope's father and kidnaps Hope.
"There is even a surprise twist at the end involving the use of water that will have you reconsidering the role of basic personal freedoms in the face of all ecological issues," the directors' statement said.
Tickets for the production are $4 and will be available at the Benham-Pence Student Center service desk beginning March 31.
Student actors in the play are David Kabbes, class of 2010 from Springfield, Ohio; Blaire Butler, class of 2009 from Cincinnati, Ohio; School of Community Education student Philip Smyth from Dayton, Ohio; Allie Persinger, class of 2010 from Washington, Ohio; Brien Sewell, class of 2009 from Greenville, Ohio; Amanda Rollins, class of 2008 from La Crescenta, Calif.; Parker Neff, class of 2011 from Prospect, Ky.; Nick Vukasovich, class of 2008 from Birmingham, Mich.; Alex Potapenko, class of 2009 from Brecksville, Ohio; Chloe Scott, class of 2010 from Clarksville, Md.; Chris Felts, class of 2008 from Bloomington, Ind.; Jessica Bruce, class of 2010 from Powell, Ohio; Paden Frank, class of 2010 from Groveport, Ohio; Dan Zeleznik, class of 2009 from Berlin Center, Ohio; Rayna Long, class of 2008 from Payne, Ohio; Rachel Kaufman, class of 2010 from West Lafayette, Ind.; Maureen Walsh, class of 2009 from Highland Heights, Ohio; Hollie Hongosh, class of 2010 from Olmsted Falls, Ohio; and Greg McCoach, class of 2008 from New Concord, Ohio. The student stage manager is Robert Navarre, class of 2008 from Norcross, Ga.
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