Musical theatre performs adaptation of Urinetown

The cast of Urinetown rehearses for their big bathroom break. [Tobey Reyes]

Ever heard of having to pay a fee to go pee? This is not a new concept for the residents of the town where the fall musical takes place.

The music department is putting on their adaptation of the show Urinetown. In the show, citizens are required to use public restrooms and pay to use them. The storyline follows a young man named Bobby Strong, played by freshman Jack Covert, and the conflicts that arise for him and society. Junior Julia Greene plays a villain, Penelope Pennywise, and senior Brigid O’Brien plays Bobby’s love interest, Hope. Residents of the city must take matters into their own hands and stand up for what they truly believe in despite the consequences.

Director Kele Gasparini described this show as joyously cynical.

“The music is fresh yet has a nostalgic feel to it as well, many of the numbers make reference to past musicals from different decades,” Gasparini said.

As with any production, there are many behind-the- scenes aspects, like the live pit orchestra of the show.

“The music is primarily focused on conveying the rather satirical messages of the show, leaning towards a darker, edgy style,” junior Kelsey McIvor, a bass player for the pit orchestra, said.

“This show is very different from any other show I have been a part of. It is funny but not in the classic musical theater type of way, it’s not what you would expect,” Covert said.

Performances run from October 25 to the 28 in the Emily Gates Student Center. Tickets will be available for purchase online in advance and at the door before the show begins.