CTL's summer youth production of the award-winning musical "Urinetown" will take the stage on July 24 at the Community Theatre, 100 W. Third St. The show, which took Broadway by storm in 2001 and won Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement and municipal politics.
"Urinetown" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 24-26 and at 2 p.m. July 27.
"Once people get over the name, they will find out that it's one of the savviest, smartly-written musicals we've ever produced," said Jacquie Engel, the show's director.
"The show is not your happy-go-lucky, 'Rodgers and Hammerstein' fairy tale," she added. "It's about people being deprived of one of life's most basic needs, and the funny and sometimes extreme situations that arise. Ironically, the music is fun and upbeat with choreography by Tess Gist and a great musical score directed by Marisa Hickey."
So what would the world be like after 20 years of severe drought? Water would be the most precious commodity on earth. He who controls the water, controls the world. In an effort to conserve water the government has banned private toilets - can't have people wasting eight gallons of water anytime they feel like it - so people are forced to use the public bathrooms, owned and operated by the "Urine Good Company" and the evil Mr. Cladwell. People must sign in and pay exorbitant fees to use the public amenities. Failure to do so gets you a one way ticket to "Urinetown."
When Old Man Strong can't hold it any longer, he is taken away, leaving his son Bobby to lead a rebellion to take over the UGC. Complicating things further, Bobby meets and falls in love with Hope Cladwell, the kindhearted and innocent daughter of head of the UGC. Will they get together? Will the poor be able to pee for free?
Through the laughter, theatergoers might just start to wonder where the world's excess will lead. Officer Lockstock, the "fuzz" of Urinetown, asks, "Don't you think people want to be told that their way of life is unsustainable?"
In the tradition of shows like "Seussical," "West Side Story" and "Hairspray," the cast is all high school students but will be performed this year on the intimate CTL stage. The show features students from nine different school districts lead by Connor Pardoe (Williamsport Area High School) as Bobby Strong, Kelsey Rogers (Montoursville Area High School) as Hope Cladwell, Kali Haines (Central Mountain High School) as Miss Pennywise, Jean-Luc Lavalle (South Williamsport Area High School) as Mr. Cladwell, Jake Roman (Lewisburg Area High School) as Officer Lockstock, and Dana Hiyajneh (Central Mountain High School) as Little Sally. Other featured Brennan Hepler (Loyalsock Township High School) as Officer Barrel, Ben Thomas (Jersey Shore Area High School) as Hot Blades Harry, Bridget Murphy (Muncy) as Little Becky Two-Shoes, Jarrod Houseknecht (Muncy High School) as Senator Fipp, and Zachary West (Montoursville Area High School) as Mr. McQueen.
Rounding out the cast playing The Poor are Sierra Barnes, Gabby Burch, Nash Dawson, Nick Fisher, Alyssa Gregory, Dakoda Hunter, Jordan Mondell, Gabby Moore, Victoria Morrone, Jason Poor, Arielle Roush and Mitchell Young. Members of the Urine Good Company include Aurora Beagle, Maya Caringi, Jason Hepler, Katelyn Loss, Sarah Pulver, Margaret Rintelman and Courtney Robbins.
For tickets, call 327-1777 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. For more information, visit www.ctlnet.org.