Carroll Theatre Announces Fall Musical
Aug 19, 2016 07:09AM
● By Audrey Sellers
Carroll Theatre is bringing delight and laughs with its fall production, URINETOWN: The Musical. Fresh off a stellar 2015-16 season with 23 nominations and seven awards, Dragon Drama won’t disappoint. Get ready for humor and satire to again fill the theater in the latest hilariously funny, lively musical. Here’s a look at what URINETOWN is all about:
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year draught, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
Don’t expect any potty humor—instead, enjoy the light satire, engaging scores and parodies of traditional musicals. Nominated for an impressive 10 Tony Awards, it won for Best Book, Score, and Direction. It also won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical.
The title may be somewhat outlandish but it’s never crude, lewd or rude. URINETOWN delivers on both thought-provoking layers and depth and light-hearted fun. Most of all, URINETOWN as delivered by almost 100 theater, choir and band students from Carroll High School is sure to deliver a hilariously entertaining evening of fun.
Check out these FAQs about the upcoming fall musical:
How do you pronounce that title?
Yes, it’s “your-in” as in bathrooms, but there’s no potty humor in the play. It’s funny, but it’s a satire, so it’s smart humor. We promise you’ll laugh.
Okay, so what is it about?
In the midst of a 20-year drought, boy meets girl, who happens to be the big bad wealthy town boss’ daughter, they fall in love, lead revolution against evil oppressors and, well, we can’t give away the entire show. Suffice it to say that there’s good, bad, love, misunderstanding and a lot of singing and dancing.
How bad is the potty humor?
That’s the best part! The play is so well-written that it doesn’t resort to that!
But I won’t know any of the music.
URINETOWN is best at poking fun—at itself and at other musicals. In fact, you won’t have to look hard to recognize the influence of traditional classics like West Side Story, A Christmas Carol, Les Miserables, and Fiddler on the Roof (to name a few). It won seven Tony Awards.
Can I bring the kids?
There’s plenty of singing and dancing. A lot depends on what you believe will hold their attention. The humor is smart—it’s a satire. It does not resort to potty humor. The word pee is used. Middle school and high school students will absolutely love it. Astute intermediate school students or those who appreciate theater should as well!
To quote Shakespeare, “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell so sweet.” Even if it’s called URINETOWN!
Thursday, September 22 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 23 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 24 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 25 2:00 p.m.
Get your tickets at DragonDrama.net. It’s cash only at the door on show nights.