The College of the Canyons Theatre Department will stage a production of the Tony-award winning satirical comedy musical “Urinetown” during the month of October at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.
Addressing universal themes such as greed, corruption and love, “Urinetown” is set in a Gotham-like city where the use of private toilets is banned due to a severe water shortage caused by a 20-year drought.
Written by Greg Kotis, “Urinetown” was nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 2002 and won Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. Kotis came up with the idea for Urinetown while he was traveling though Europe on a budget and encountered pay toilets.
“Urinetown has probably the most unfortunate and yet oddly appropriate title of any other musical in recent memory,” said COC Theatre department chair Paul Wickline. “It’s satirical but cheerfully inoffensive and original.”
Wickline describes the musical as “a Dickensian tale with elements of ‘Grapes of Wrath,’ the Marx Brothers and ‘Three Penny Opera’ with a nod to many other famous musicals.”
“Don’t let the title fool you,” said Whitney Rydbeck, the play’s director. “It’s not a show about toilet humor. It takes a somewhat unpleasant premise, and turns it completely upside down, producing a marvelously witty and entertaining evening of contemporary musical theatre.”
The college’s production features familiar and new faces. Clinton Sherwood, a Hart High School graduate who recently completed a national tour of “Cats,” plays the role of Bobby Strong. COC music student Caitlin Thomas plays Hope Caldwell,Bobby’s love interest and the heroine of the musical. COC theatre students Andrew Fish, Linda Giron and Sam Gullo play Mr. Caldwell, Little Sally and Officer Lockstock, respectively,
The production will run for two weekends. Performances will be at 8 p.m. October 19-20, 26-27 and at 2 p.m. October 21 and 28. Tickets are $6 for students/seniors and $12 for adults.
For tickets and more information about the COC theatre department’s production of “Urinetown,” please visit www.CanyonsPAC.com.