Anoka-Ramsey Community College brings a satirical musical comedy to stage with its upcoming production of “Urinetown.”
The show lampooning municipal policies is set in an undefined Gotham city undergoing a 20-year drought. Water is scare and a government-enforced ban requires citizens to use public rather than private amenities.
Users must “pay to pee” at public toilets, according to director Scott Ford.
Unfortunately, a single corporation owns the public toilets and it keeps raising the price of admission. A hero arises and a revolt ensues.
The show is a tale of greed and corruption and includes a romantic sub-plot. Expect parodies on such musicals as “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Les Misérables.”
“Urinetown” got its start at a Fringe Festival and had a run on Off-Broadway. Ultimately, Broadway staged it in 2001.
“It’s very funny,” Ford said in an interview with ABC Newspapers.
Despite the title and plot, Ford says the show is appropriate for children 12 years and older.
Ford directed the funny “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in 2012. The year before, he directed “Anatomy of Gray” and Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at ARCC.
Music and lyrics for “Urinetown” are by Mark Hollmann. The script is by Greg Kotis.
The 23 college actors will be accompanied by an eight-member pit band.
Geoff Senn leads the band. Nicki Tolliver is vocal director. Jon Stiff is choreographer.
Expect lots of choreography and laughs in this show.
“It’s fast moving. It’s fun. The music is catchy,” Ford said.
Anoka-Ramsey Community College presents “Urinetown.” Directed by Scott Ford. Feb. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8. ARCC Performing Arts Center, 11200 Mississippi Blvd., Coon Rapids.
Tickets are available at the college’s bookstore, online at webs.AnokaRamsey.edu/theatre or at the door one hour before performances.
Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]