Urinetown for a good show

Lexi Rossow , Managing Editor

No, it’s urine like pee.”

When the posters went up around school advertising the new musical this year, Urinetown, senior Monica Oquendo and all the other theater students were asked to clarify a pressing question. Is the musical really about pee?

The musical will be playing from April 24-26 and newly hired theater teacher Trevor Southworth is planning to continue with the tradition of play teasers prior to the musical’s opening night. Though he was brought in the middle of the year because of previous director Anne Stout’s unexpected resignation, Southworth calls it an “easy transition.”

Tickets will be sold in advance for $9, and $11 at the door. Priority seating tickets will be $13, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets will be on sale beginning the week before opening night.

Urinetown is about a company that takes over a small town’s water supply and they made it illegal for any sort of private urination, forcing all the inhabitants to pay to use the bathroom. The musical performs the story of a young hero who rises up to take on the company and win free pee rights for everyone.

“The whole concept of the show is that we are constantly breaking the fourth wall,” Southworth said. “We are constantly reminding the audience that they are watching the show and that they’re not just there and we are living in our own world.”

Southworth was hired the day before auditions, but intentionally did not take part in them to lessen the stress already placed on the students auditioning for the play.

“With me being there, making my judgments after seeing them for the first time, wouldn’t be fair,” Southworth said.

Oquendo plays as Penelope Pennywise, one of the four lead female roles, and her character’s job is to monitor one of the toilets, making sure everyone in the town pays.

“Mr. Southworth allows a lot of freedom to make some of our own choices,” Oquendo said. “He is in charge of telling us where to go and when to speak, but we can develop our own characters, and I like that a lot.”

The cast  of the play will be directly addressing the audience throughout the musical with lots of double meaning, parody and puns throughout the musical. There are “hidden jokes” in the script.

“Don’t let the name scare you, it is age appropriate. It is extremely funny, the music is terrific and there’s all different styles of music in it,” Southworth said. “You will not be disappointed.”