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‘Urinetown’ musical coming in spring

Rachel Johnson

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Twenty-one cast members. Five understudies. One Urinetown.

A satirical comedy musical titled “Urinetown” will be put on by the theater department this spring. This musical is famous for satirizing the legal system, social irresponsibility, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics, populism and bureaucracy. The musical first debuted in 2001 at the New York International Fringe Festival and then moved to Off-Broadway at the American Theater for Actors. The musical was written and produced in a combined effort from both Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. It has embedded parodies of other well-known musicals, such as “Les Misérables,” “The Threepenny Opera” and “The Cradle Will Rock.”

The cast list is as follows:

  • Officer Lockstock — Ellanor Collins
  • Penelope Pennywise — Nicole Smalls
  • Bobby Strong — Samuel Mitchell; Shannon Howerton as understudy
  • Little Sally — Kalli Root
  • Dr. Billeaux — Julia Lucas
  • Mr. McQueen — Christopher Cruz
  • Senator Fipp — Kendall Jones
  • Officer Barrel — Addrian Gaut; Jon Stone as understudy
  • Hope Cladwell — Ilka Megee and Kara Hicks
  • Old Man Strong — Dean Hart
  • Tiny Tom — Matthew Kohler
  • Soupy Sue — Natalie Cook
  • Little Becky Two Shoes — Haley Hancock
  • Robbie the Stockfish — Jonathon Stone; Sam Mitchell as understudy
  • Caldwell B. Cladwell — Shannon Howerton; Addrian Gaut as understudy
  • Mrs. Millennium — Jordan Logan
  • Cop, Rebel — Kaylor Winter-Roach
  • Josephine Strong — Ilka Megee and Kara Hicks
  • Hot Blades Harry — Clayton Tabor
  • Billy Boy Bill — Breanne Solis
  • Cop, Rebel — Lindsay Rittenhouse

The cast members had their first rehearsal on Dec. 5, 2017, where Dale Heidebrecht, assistant music professor, led the cast in learning the different parts to the song titled “Urinetown.” The cast was broken down into four groups: sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. They were then taught the four-part harmonies to the first song they learned.

Dale Heidebrecht, assistant music professor, leads the cast of UrineTown in their first rehearsal, Tuesday Dec. 5, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez

The production of “Urinetown” will be held in Fain Fine Arts Center on Feb. 22-24 and March 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m. Anyone with an MSU ID can attend one production for free if you present your ID at the box office located in the Fain Fine Arts B-wing.

 

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Students do the dance portion of the audtion for Urinetown, Nov. 27, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Students do the dance portion of the audtion for Urinetown, Nov. 27, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Students do the dance portion of the audtion for Urinetown, Nov. 27, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Students do the dance portion of the audtion for Urinetown, Nov. 27, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Dale Heidebrecht, assistant music professor, leads the cast of UrineTown in their first rehearsal, Tuesday Dec. 5, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez
Dale Heidebrecht, assistant music professor, leads the cast of UrineTown in their first rehearsal, Tuesday Dec. 5, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez
Dale Heidebrecht, assistant music professor, leads the cast of UrineTown in their first rehearsal, Tuesday Dec. 5, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez
Dale Heidebrecht, assistant music professor, leads the cast of UrineTown in their first rehearsal, Tuesday Dec. 5, 2017. Photo by Francisco Martinez
Kalli Root, English junior, practices one of the songs as one of the sopranos during the first rehearsal of UrineTown. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Kalli Root, English junior, practices one of the songs as one of the sopranos during the first rehearsal of UrineTown. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Dale Heidebrecht, assistant music professor, leads the cast of UrineTown through their first rehearsal, Tuesday Dec. 5, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Dale Heidebrecht, assistant music professor, leads the cast of UrineTown through their first rehearsal, Tuesday Dec. 5, 2017. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Ellanor Collins, theater senior, practices hitting her character's notes during the first rehearsal of UrineTown. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Ellanor Collins, theater senior, practices hitting her character's notes during the first rehearsal of UrineTown. Photo by Rachel Johnson
The basses practice the song and hitting the notes during the first rehearsal for UrineTown. Photo by Rachel Johnson
The basses practice the song and hitting the notes during the first rehearsal for UrineTown. Photo by Rachel Johnson

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