Thursday November 21, 2013
If a movie trailer could describe the phenomenon of Urinetown, the wickedly comic musical presented by South Burlington High School’s Drama program, it might sound something like this (cue the Morgan Freeman-like announcer):
“In a world, where a global ecological crisis spawns an empire born of greed and hypocrisy...one man has the courage to stand up for the most important right of all time: The right to free public toilets.”
Indeed, absurdities abound in this laugh-out-loud cheeky comedy, which first thrilled Broadway audiences a decade ago. Its story—about how brave Assistant Urinal Custodian Bobby Strong (Jake Stone) leads an uprising against a “Big Brother”- like conglomerate and its evil leader, Caldwell B. Cladwell (Nick Daudelin), is full of hilarious twists and turns, with bumbling cops, corrupt politics, and seething peasants (known simply as “the poor”). Along the way it sends up just about every theater convention, slyly parodying some of Broadway’s most beloved musicals.
“When you think about it, Urinetown, is a great choice for high school students,” says Director Gina Fearn. “They’re at an age where they’re questioning authority and pushing conventions. And they can make anything funny.”
The musical is also a South Burlington debut for Fearn, an actress and theater teacher who became SBHS musical theater director this fall. “I’m amazed at the talent and professionalism of this cast,” she adds. “They’ve really made the production their own--and they’re having so much fun, the audience can’t help but pick up that energy. Plan to laugh – a lot!”
“It has been really exciting to work with this group of young adults who have taken a leading role in so many aspects of the production,” adds Fearn. “This is what educational theatre is all about.”
Performances of Urinetown, The Musical are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday November 21, 22, and 23 at 7 p.m. in the South Burlington High School auditorium. Reserved seats ($10 / $8 for students and seniors) are available in the SBHS lobby during school hours, online at eventbrite.com, or at the door one hour before each performance. For more information, visit http://sbhs.sf.sbschools.net.