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Music and Theatre Departments to Perform Satirical Comedy with "Urinetown"

February 15, 2011

Imagine a drought so bad it lasts 20 years and water is strictly rationed. In fact, there are restrictions so stringent that people have to pay to go to the bathroom! This is exactly what happens in "Urinetown," The Musical, a satirical comedy that the Averett theatre and music departments will perform Feb. 24-26, at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium.

In this Tony Award winning production, "Urine Good Company" (UGC) controls the town with its water restrictions. The poorest, filthiest urinal in town is run by Penelope Pennywise and Bobby Strong. One day, Bobby's father cannot afford his fee and asks to go free "just this once." His request is, of course, denied; and he goes anyway. Immediately he is arrested and escorted to Urinetown, from whence he never returns. Not long after the arrest and disappearance of Bobby's father, UGC hikes the rates, leading to a revolt by the townspeople.

The musical, by Greg Kotis satirizes a number of issues including the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, bureaucracy and several musicals including "The Cradle Will Rock" and "Les Miserables" as well as the Broadway musical itself. It opened Off Broadway at the American Theatre for Actors before transferring to Broadway in September 2001.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students/senior citizens. For more information call the Pritchett Auditorium box office at 434-791-5712.