The first musical on the new Grafton High School stage has a slightly unsavory name: “Urinetown.”
Don’t let the title scare you off.
“Urinetown” is a wacky musical satire, the winner of three Tony awards in its Broadway run, and it hits the Grafton High stage April 11-13 at 7 p.m. and April 14 at 2 p.m. I’ll be getting video of the dress rehearsal next week for a sneak preview.
Let’s go to the description:
“One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. The premise is as original as it is unpleasant – in a city suffering from unending drought, private bathrooms are outlawed. Everyone must pay crippling fees to use public latrines run by a monopolistic corporation. Those who cannot pay get dragged off to “Urinetown,” a mysterious place from which they never return. Finally, one latrine manager leads the people in rebellion. The catch is that the ingénue he loves is (gasp!) the daughter of the corporation’s greedy president.”
Written by Mark Holliman and Greg Kotis, the musical references take aim at everything from “West Side Story” and “Les Miserables” to “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Chicago.” Boy-meets-girl romance, snarling evil, meaningful asides, foreshadowing, exposition, special effects -– all get a thorough kidding in a relentless flow of puns, sight gags and comic mayhem. Amid all the guffaws, the show holds forth a surprisingly heavy message — namely, that our self-indulgent consumer crazed way of life is ultimately insupportable.
The musical is directed and choreographed by GHS alum Meghan Patrick with musical direction by Stephen Trombley.
Cast includes: Connor Arnold, Austin Bailey, Gregory Brett, Aoife Croucher, Christopher Cuzzupe, Chelsey Deranian, Lauren Donaldson, Michael Dow, Henry Edwards, Izzy Edwards, Owen Edwards, Lauren Esper, Maddie Fasold, Kelsey Foran, Chris Gagne, Lauren Guertin, Rachel Iafolla, Teddy Kiritsy, Troy Kubilis, Rosie Legge, Ben Lubeck, Amelia Murray, Kat Resker, Jake Sandakly, Ashley Scarlett, Noelle Scarlett, Renee Shattuck, Adam Smith, and Whitney Valeri.
Tickets are $10 at the door. Family friendly- Rated PG.