The Mercyhurst Theatre Program kicks off its second season with a production of Urinetown: The Musical Oct. 24-27 at the university’s Taylor Little Theatre.
Performances are set for Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 24-26, at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. Brett D. Johnson, Ph.D., directs the show, which is presented in cooperation with the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture.
The uproariously funny show is set in a futuristic world where a catastrophic drought has led to a ban on private restrooms. Citizens must pay the nefarious Urine Good Company to use its public facilities, and those who can’t – or won’t – pay for “The Privilege to Pee” are sent to a mysterious place known only as Urinetown. Finally, a hero emerges to lead the poor in an uprising against their oppressors.
The script pokes fun at everything from corporate greed to government overreach to municipal politics – as well as at the traditional conventions of musical theatre.
Mat Anderson and Sarah Creighton narrate the show as Officer Lockstock and Little Sally, respectively. James Bobick appears as Caldwell B. Cladwell, the owner of Urine Good Company; Marisa Jacobson as his daughter, Hope; and Chris Gaertner as Bobby Strong, the assistant custodian who leads the revolt despite falling in love with Hope.
Also in the cast are Taylor Bookmiller, Brianna Carle, Katie Cecchetti, Kelsey Davies, Ben Friesen, Christine Jablonski, Tonya Lenhart, Nam Nguyen, Mariesa Robinson, Matt Sprague and Bethany Sulecki.
Music education student Ian Gayford is the music director, playing the piano and conducting on onstage band that includes Shannon Carson, Michael Hibbler II, Bobby Lucas and Alex McLaughlin.
Choreography is by Kelly Jean Graham, set design by Aaron White, and lighting design by Madeleine Steineck.
Student Brianna Carle is the assistant director, while students Caitlin Mininger and Chelsee Cool serve as stage managers.
Urinetown, with book by Greg Kotis and music by Mark Hollmann, ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2004, earning three Tony Awards and a variety of other honors. It’s presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, students and President’s Card holders; and $5 for youths and Mercyhurst students with IDs. They can be obtained by calling 814-824-3000 or visiting miac.mercyhurst.edu.