Department of Theatre and Dance will present ‘Urinetown’ Nov. 8-13

WKU’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present Urinetown, an uproarious musical of greed, corruption and love, set in a future after a 20-year drought. A single malevolent company profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the chaos a hero rises to lead the revolution!

This “Un-musical” directed by Professor Scott Stroot will have you laughing out loud as it makes fun of politicians, big business, its own title and even other musicals.

“I personally like this musical a lot; it’s very funny and theatrically entertaining, but also smart, and politically sharp,” Stroot said. “It’s a Tour de Force through musical styles; it’s a whole lot of fun to work on this loving send-up of theatrical composers, from Kurt Weill to Stephen Sondheim, and it will be a whole lot of fun for the audience too!”

Assistant Professor Tracey Moore, who is providing music direction for Urinetown, commented on the humor in the show. “Inside jokes about West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, and all the corny love-stories that you find in musicals are all there in the songs and story of Urinetown,” Moore said.

Sarah Hall, a sophomore from Dawson Springs, plays the heroine Hope.  She was drawn to the show because of its humor.  “I wanted to be in this show because I love how it’s able to combine comedy and quirkiness with such an important message. Not only are you being entertained, you’re seeing what our future could hold if we aren’t careful,” she said.

Urinetown plays Nov. 8-13 in Russell Miller Theatre, located in WKU’s Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center. Show times are 8 p.m. Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 12-13 and 3 p.m. Nov. 11. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students.

More than 15,000 people were entertained by the WKU Department of Theater and Dance last year.  The department presents more than 20 productions every year including four Mainstage theatre productions, two Mainstage dance concerts, three student-choreographed dance concerts, a Children’s Theatre Series, a Studio Series of student-directed works, a Before Broadway Series featuring a staged reading of a new musical, and a Next Stage Series of showcases and works in progress.  More information about the WKU Department of Theatre & Dance can be found online at www.wku.edu/theatre-and-dance or by calling (270) 745-5845.

Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560.

(Source: WKU News, Nov 1, 2012)

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