Urinetown: WTC stages “fresh, impudent” musical

Cabaret season wraps up with wickedly modern satire June 1-10 in Whitefish

On Stage
Urinetown: The Musical
“Loving parody of the stage musical genre and a tongue-in-cheek satire” on stage May 31-June 10.

The Whitefish Theatre Co. presents its final cabaret show of the 2017-2018 theatre season with a sensational production of Urinetown: The Musical at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish. Called a “fresh, original, impudent, colorful, exciting, irreverent, surprising and wonderful musical,” this landmark show opens with a sneak preview at 7:30 p.m. May 31 and continues at 7:30 p.m. June 1-3 and 7-10.

Winner of three Tony Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a fast-paced, hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, corporate mismanagement, and musical theatre itself!

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must instead use public, pay-per-use amenities owned and operated by the malevolent corporation Urine Good Company or be sent to the dreaded and mysterious Urinetown if they don’t obey. Amid the people, a rebellious yet unsuspecting hero emerges to stage a revolt, fighting tooth and nail to win back the people’s most basic freedom. Despite the gutter-laced title, “Urinetown” catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.

“When people ask me what this play is about, I often see their faces squish up and their eyebrows rise as I try to describe the plot,” says director Kim Kempfert Krueger. “But the truth is you just have to experience ‘Urinetown’ in person to understand its biting humor, its fantastic music, and its unique story.”

“It’s a mix of a loving parody of the stage musical genre and a tongue-in-cheek satire that takes on the everlasting inquiry of good versus evil. It is all wrapped up in highly energetic musical numbers that end up celebrating the thing we are mocking … the musical itself. Think a little ‘Book of Mormon’ plus a dash of Monty Python. It really is a comedic musical unlike anything else you’ve seen.”

“Urinetown: The Musical” premiered Off-Broadway at the American Theatre for Actors in May, 2001. It opened on Broadway in September of that year, and in 2002, it was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Direction of a Musical. In addition, “Urinetown” has won two Obie Awards, three Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, and the Drama League Award.

“Urinetown” has played to worldwide rave reviews with the Chicago Free Press calling it a “uniquely entertaining little masterpiece” and the New York Times praising it as a “zesty and full-bodied original.”

This production features 21 local actors and musicians from around the Flathead Valley, including Don Caverly as music director. The show features David Blair as Officer Lockstock, Erin Grayce as Penelope Pennywise, Mikey Winn as Bobby Strong, Stuart Green as Senator Fipp, Amy Spicer as Officer Barrel, Angie Green as Hope Cladwell, and Tony Hernandez as Caldwell B. Cladwell.

Krueger praised the cast as not only extremely talented but “some of the most hilarious and dedicated people I’ve been fortunate enough to work with. Don Caverly is also a musical genius who has pulled together some of the most amazing voices we have around to create the crazy yet gorgeous vocal numbers.”

Tickets are $25 for either reserved table/cabaret or theatre seating. Tickets for the sneak preview on May 31 are $12 for adults and $10 for students and are available only at the door with general seating. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish, by calling 406-862-5371 or online at www.whitefishtheatreco.org.