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Granite Bay High School presents ‘Urinetown’

Spring musical boasts tongue-in-cheek humor, multiple music styles
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Granite Bay High School Performing Arts presents “Urinetown: The Musical”

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 to Saturday, April 20, and Wednesday, May 1 through Friday, May 3

Where: Granite Bay High School theater, 1 Grizzly Way

Cost: $10 students, $12 adults

Info: http://theatreatgranitebay.org

 

Outside the theater on Granite Bay High School’s campus sits a large sign that reads: “Fight for Your Right to Pee for Free.”

Huh?

But this isn’t some trendy cause touted by today’s teenagers. Within the theater, performing arts students are rehearsing for their spring production of “Urinetown: The Musical.” The musical won two Tony Awards in 2002, and the story’s tongue-in-cheek humor and modern feel made the comedy a natural choice for drama teacher, Kyle Holmes.

Plus, “Urinetown” has different musical styles, which show off the diverse talent of the 29-member cast, Holmes said. He hopes the fun production will attract more interest from the larger community in the school’s drama program.

“Urinetown” is a satirical tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution set in a Gotham-like city experiencing a 20-year drought and subsequent water shortage. The government has implemented a ban on private toilets, so all citizens must use public amenities — at a price.

These amenities are maintained by a man name Caldwell B. Cladwell, who has monopolized the water. If they can’t pay, they’re sent to Urinetown. But a hero emerges.

“I’m the main villain,” said senior Alexander Chesebro, who plays Cladwell. “It’s a very fun character to play, so I’m having a good time with it.”

Senior Abby Schmalz plays Penelope Pennywise, the warden of the worst urinal in town.

“When Mr. Holmes told us we were doing ‘Urinetown,’ most of us had never heard of it before,” Schmalz said. “It’s called ‘Urinetown’ — who would want to be in that?”

But the students are loving it, including the crew of 15 who are responsible for the set, costumes, lighting and other behind-the-scene necessities.

“We have an incredible cast and the kids are immensely talented,” Holmes said. “They’re rock stars and they make my job easy.”