Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Next for the Pennington Players: Urinetown

You’re in good company with Pennington Players’ URINETOWN!!
The Pennington Players take you to a gloomy Gotham-like city where a terrible water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens are held hostage by a single malevolent company (Urine Good 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!   

Urinetown (yes that’s the real title) played to full houses on Broadway for three years, and now residents of central New Jersey can enjoy the Pennington Players production at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre on Fridays, Nov. 4 and 11 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Nov. 5 and 12 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Nov. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night show on November 4th.

Don’t be put off by the title – URINETOWN - this hilarious musical tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution is one of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, URINETOWN is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, URINETOWN catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.

The show also parodies musicals such as The Cradle Will Rock and Les Misérables, and the Broadway musical itself as a form.  In reverse pantomime style, the unconventional plotline shatters audience expectations of a pleasant ending.  URINETOWN contains some language not suitable for children.   

Urinetown is a story set in the future where a drought of epic proportions has forced corrupt city officials to come up with a unique way to conserve water: people may only use public restrooms and they have to pay for the privilege. Fed-up citizens take to the streets, but those caught breaking the law are carted off to the mysterious Urinetown, never to be seen or heard from again. Along the way, this gleefully irreverent, laugh-out-loud, Tony Award-winning musical pokes fun at every imaginable musical and theatrical convention with biting humor and catchy music you're sure to be humming long after the show is over.  Even more simply, it is the story of two kids who fall in love in a city in the middle of a water shortage.  

The actors in URINETOWN are among the most talented in the Delaware Valley.  Playing the “two kids who fall in love” are Kim LaSala Cupo of Fairless Hills, PA as Hope Cladwell and Caleb Whipple of Princeton, NJ as Bobby Strong.  Other cast members include John Fischer, of Hamilton, NJ as Caldwell B. Cladwell; Salena Qureshi of Columbus, NJ as Little Sally; Mackenzie Smith of Moorestown, NJ as Penelope Pennywise; Gary Gilbert of New Hope, PA and Frank Ferrara of West Windsor, NJ as Officers Lockstock and Barrel, respectively; Jerry Tower of Sicklerville, NJ as Senator Fipp; and Jaimie McMillan of Bordentown, NJ as Mrs. McQueen.  The rest of the ensemble is rounded out by Zach Mazouat, Shannon Ferrara, Maria Aromando, Jennifer Fischer, Dominick Sannelli, Tia Brown, Benji Sills, Lynn Baskin, Stephanie Venanzi, Heather Santos and Alison McMullen.  

URINETOWN is directed by Keenan Westcott of Plainsboro, NJ, with musical direction by Timothy Walton of Easton, PA and choreography by Rachel Tovar of Plainsboro, NJ.   Frank Ferrara is the producer, with John Boccanfuso serving as stage manager.  The design team is led by Bryan Schendlinger, set design; Judi Parrish, lighting design and Dottie Farina, props.  

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333 or online at Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Free parking is available next to the theater.

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