LEWISTON — L/A Community Little Theatre is excited to announce the cast for the upcoming production of “URINETOWN.” The 2001 Broadway hit features music by Mark Hollmann and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, with book by Greg Kotis.
Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, “URINETOWN” is a hilarious, touchingly honest, musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself.
This production is being directed by Kay Warren, assistant directed by Nicole Chase, produced by Brandon Chaloux, and choreographed by Jake Boyce, with musical direction by Rebecca Caron.
The central hero in the story is Assistant Urinal Custodian Bobby Strong (Cameron Ramich), who collects the fees the poor must pay each morning and evening to use the urinals. If people attempt to relieve themselves without paying, such as behind a bush, they are arrested and sent to Urinetown. Urinetown is a mystery: Is it an actual place, or is it a euphemism for death?
Everyone in power is corrupt, from Penelope Pennywise (Ashleigh St. Pierre), who is in charge of the local urinal, to the police (Jason Pelletier & Owen Kane), and the politicians (Mitch Thomas & Lucy Poland) — all the way up to Caldwell B. Cladwell (Dan Kane), the president and owner of Urine Good Company (UGC), which has a monopoly on all urinals. Caldwell’s greed has no limits. He even seeks to impose another rate hike for the right to pee. On stage huddles the poor, scrapping and begging each day to raise enough money to relieve themselves.
One day Bobby’s father (Cody Watson) violates the law and pees without paying. After his father is “sent to Urinetown,” Bobby meets and falls in love with Hope (Jordan Payne Hay), who turns out to be Cladwell’s daughter. The following day, racked by guilt over his father’s death, Bobby leads a revolt at the urinal and lets everyone pee for free. Police are called, and Bobby and the poor rebels take Hope prisoner and flee underground.
Add in a bunch of rebels (McKayla Prophett, Aaron Louque, Jake Boyce, Sophie Wood, Becca Tinkham, Stefanie Lynn, Maxwell Draper, Mason Lagasse, Gregory Judd, Danica Hemond, Carley Georgen, Hayden Thomas, Sarah Wing, Kiya Caron and Ansley Watson), and a few members of the UGC (Lynn O’Donnell, Margaret Brown, Kaitlyn Prophett, Olivia Dubois and Charlotte Morin) and chaos ensues. Needless to say, the ending is not happy, but we get some rousing musical numbers, such as “Run Freedom Run” and “I See A River,” along the way.
The L/A CLT production of “URINETOWN” is a side-splitting send-up of greed, love and revolution, in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Performances will be held at L/A Community Little Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, April 6-7 and 13-14, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for students and are available at the box office, at 207-783-0958 and at www.laclt.com.
Ashleigh St. Pierre as Penelope Pennywise and Dan Kane as Caldwell B. Cladwell
Dan Kane as Caldwell B. Cladwell
Jason Pelletier and Owen Kane as Officers Lockstock and Barrell
Jordan Payne Hay as Hope Cladwell