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Friday, Saturday, May 1-2 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 3 at 4 p.m.

Can a bad title really kill a show?

Manchester College brings musical

satire Urinetown to the stage

for May Day weekend

Audiences are in for satire, laughs and a message with Manchester College’s spring production of the Broadway hit Urinetown: The Musical.

“How about a bad title? That can really kill a show,” sings Little Sally in the opening number of the Tony-winning Urinetown, which opens Friday, May 1 in Cordier Auditorium. Tickets are $7 at the door, $5 for senior citizens and students, free for children 5 and under. Reservations are not necessary. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3.

A long drought has pushed city officials to drastic measures, outlawing private toilets and mandating pay-to-use public toilets operated by the private corporation, Urine Good Company. The result: Revolution! (and a love story)

“I knew it would be incredibly fun for the cast,” said Kira Lace Hawkins, director of theatre at the College. “The music and dancing are challenging, and the humor throughout makes this a really fulfilling piece to perform.”

Urinetown’s message of sustainability melds well with the Manchester mission, adds Hawkins. “The way humans are using the Earth at the moment is unsustainable, and this musical presents that notion in a really tongue-in-cheek way that I think this community will appreciate.”

The musical by Mark Hollmann, with lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis (and book by Kotis) won three Tony Awards: Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. Kotis said he got the idea as a student traveling in Europe, where he encountered a pay toilet. Urinetown opened on Broadway in September 2001.

The Cast:

Officer Lockstock, the narrator – Geneviève Kidwell, sophomore sociology major from Uniondale, Ind.

Penelope Pennywise – Ayana Brown, senior psychology major from Lafayette, Ind.

Bobby Strong, the hero – David Moan, senior music major from Goshen, Ind.

Little Sally – Hannah Reed, sophomore biology major from Gas City, Ind.

Hope Cladwell – Casey Lambert, sophomore English major from Chesterton, Ind.

Ms. McQueen/Meddlin’ Mary – Kaitlin Hughes, sophomore music education major from Osgood, Ind.

Senator Fipp – Wallace Butts, first-year political science major from Fort Wayne

Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry/Cop/Dr. Spratt – Stephen Hendricks, sophomore biology-chemistry major from South Bend

Soupy Sue/Cop – Katrina Kardys, junior English major from Hoagland, Ind.

Josephine “Ma” Strong/Cop – Kacie Gauby, senior psychology major from Fort Wayne

Tiny Tina/Cop – Kathryn McFadden, sophomore psychology major from Goshen, Ind.

Little Becky Two-Shoes/Cop – Heidi Gonyea of North Manchester

Robby the Stockfish/Cop/Dr. Aiken – Nathan Driscoll, sophomore English major from Fort Wayne

Caldwell B. Cladwell/Billy Boy Bill – Daniel Myers-Bowman, first-year music major from Manhattan, Kan.

Dr. Billeau/Cop/Hidalgo Jane – Felicia Fahey, first-year accounting major from Wheatfield, Ind.

Mrs. Millenium/Cop/Mrs. O’Henry – Cassie Whitaker, first-year art major from Beavercreek, Ohio

Officer Barrel/Lucy Lockett – Katherine Pea, sophomore education major from Fort Wayne

April 2009

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