Join us for our fall musical, Urinetown, in the Knight Fine Arts Center.
Friday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m.*
*Kids in costume will receive free admission!
Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $5 for students, $8 for parents, and free for WRA faculty and staff.
Close your eyes and imagine a world where a 20-year drought has made private toilets a near impossibility. A megacorporation called "Urine Good Company" (UGC) has gained control of all public restrooms and charges a steep fee to use the amenities. Strict laws have been put in place forcing citizens to pay to urinate, and if those laws are broken, the wrongdoer is banished to a punitive colony called Urinetown.
Opening on Friday, Oct. 27, and running through Oct. 29, this year's fall musical will transport audiences to a dystopian world full of adventure and satire.
However, beyond the jokes and catchy musical score is a story that's both smart and relevant.
"It's an interesting play, and the subject is very timely," said Musical Director Midge Karam. "Think about the headlines all over the place about the push-pull between big corporations and society."
Last performed by WRA in 2007, Urinetown's connection to the school actually goes much further back, and was produced by Matthew Rego '88 in 2001 for Broadway. Rego's production company called The Araca Group went on to produce hits including Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon and Wicked.
Harley Fisher '18, who plays Officer Lockstock, one of the musical's lead roles, is excited for opening night, and guarantees a fun and memorable experience."The music is loud and in your face, the dialogue is hilarious and the characters are unforgettable," said Fisher.
Nathan Beskid '20, who plays a UGC Staff Member, added that the cast has put in a lot of work and that attendees will be impressed with the performance.
"The cast has worked really hard to put on a good show," said Beskid. "We're very excited and are hoping for a big turn out!"
Though Urinetown is a title that might be off-putting to some, Karam says that its name should not scare anyone away.
"The title should not put anyone off," Karam said. "It's a dark comedy, but it's live theatre and has kids on stage putting their hearts into something. What could be better than that?"