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US Musical

Richard Perry Theatre

Join us for the Upper School musical, Urinetown, on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 at 7 PM and Sunday, March 3 at 3 PM in the Richard Perry Theatre.  Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students. Reserve tickets here.

Director's Note:
As we began the process of selecting a musical to mount, Urinetown gleamed with promise. It had previously been mounted at Poly more than a decade ago. Yet the madcap shenanigans of its larger than life cast of characters, overtly dramaticized moments amidst situational conflict, and the state of our current political climate, have allowed for this musical’s message to continue to resound today.
 
Urinetown is set in a not-so-distant dystopian future and tells the tale of a fictional town where a terrible water shortage and twenty-year drought has led to a governmental ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single megalomaniac company, Urine Good Company, led by diabolical CEO, Caldwell B. Cladwell. If the poor do not obey the strict embargo on free urination, they are sent to a mysterious place called “Urinetown”, never to be seen or heard of again. Eventually, the poor incite a revolt, led by an intrepid hero, Bobby Strong. They want the freedom to pee to be restored to them and will no longer tolerate the totalitarian power wielded by the rich and corrupt.
 
The musical debuted on Broadway in 2001 and went on to receive 9 Tony Award nominations, winning 3, including Best Score and Best Book of a Musical. On hindsight, the show was years ahead of its time, satirizing the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics. Little would the musical know that these topics would remain extremely relevant in today.
 
The music runs the gamut of musical styles from gospel to Broadway ballads, with additional inspiration from theatre legends Bertolt Brecht (and his theatre of alienation), Kurt Weill (The Threepenny Opera), and Kander & Ebb (the political stylings framing Chicago and Cabaret). Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann’s wonderful, and varied score provided our young performers with a wealth of material to hone their musical theatre performance skills. Talent and delivery are only part of the equation defining musical greatness. Hard work, determination, and unity are what truly makes a musical soar. At the heart of this musical is the message of hope against all odds.
 
Mounting a production is no easy feat and requires a multitude of professionals to make magic together on stage. I would like to thank my fantastic production team: Daniel Doughty for his brilliant musical direction, David Higham for his beautiful lighting design and wonderful sound, Pamela Pollock and Dani Bensky for their inspired and ingenious choreography, Summer Lee Jack and her assistant Brenna McShane for their vivid costumes, and Joe Burkard for his fantastic sets. Thank you to my performers and stage managers for their dedication and ability to rise up to the professional expectations and challenges that I presented to them at each turn in the musical bend. Thank you to all our parent volunteers and to you, our fantastic audience, for being here and supporting the performing arts at Poly.

URINETOWN Cast List

Bobby Strong: Nick Lindsay-Abaire ’19
Caldwell B. Cladwell:  Wickham Bermingham ‘19
Hope Cladwell:  Claire Henderson ‘20
Officer Lockstock:  Seamus Signorelli ‘20
Little Sally:  Hallie Stephenson ‘20
Penelope Pennywise:  Georgianna Zanotto ‘19
Old Man Strong:  Robert Magnus ‘21
Josephine Strong:  Alyssa Nanfro ‘19
Officer Barrel:  Brandon Jackson ‘22
Senator Fipp:  Nayan Khambhla ‘22
Mr. McQueen:  Neo Wastin  ‘21
Mrs. Millennium:  Sophia Cimmino ‘22
Dr. Billeaux:  Mariama Diallo ‘21
Hot Blades Harry:  Jared Brandman ‘20
Little Becky Two Shoes:  Charlotte Knutsen ‘21
Tiny Tina:  Abby Meyer ‘21
Soupy Sue:  Bella Fisher ‘21
Roberta the Stockfish:  Yashimabet Drummond ‘20
Billie Girl Bill/Dance Captain:  Nicole Roitman ‘20
 
Ensemble
Hannah Smith  ‘22
Lola Stephens  ‘21
Gabby Archibald ‘20
Isaac Abell ‘22
Athena Chuang ‘21
Gauri Purohit ‘21
Lola Williams ‘21

Stage ManagerMolly O’Connor ‘20
Assistant Stage Manager: Anne Vasquez ‘22

Crew:
Lily Ben-Eli ‘22
Janelle Cheung ‘19
Julia Dementyev ‘20
Lily Ezrow ‘19
Fletcher Li ‘20
Sasha Khazhinsky ‘20
Seamus McNulty ‘20
Alexandra Nava-Baltimore ‘20
Alexis Peetz Alio ‘20
Michael Robinson ‘20
Chloe Sun ‘19
 

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