Skyline High School Theatre to present “Urinetown: The Musical” Nov. 5-6 & 11-13

The musical satire set in the near future takes on a number of relevant topics

Skyline High School Theatre is proud to present “Urinetown: The Musical,” Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’ musical satire about corporate control, political greed, and the call of nature on Nov. 5-6, and 11-13 at Skyline High School,  2552 N. Maple Rd. Ann Arbor.

Skyline Theatre students Hope Cladwell (Kaitlyn Dolan), Bobby Strong (Gabe Hill) and Caldwell B. Cladwell (Chris Berlongieri). Photo by Anne-Marie Roberts

The show is directed by Brodie H. Brockie. More than 70 students are working on “Urinetown” to bring this production to Ann Arbor.

The musical is set In the not-so-distant future when a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The public is required to use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company: the Urine Good Company. 

 “Urinetown is a remarkably and surprisingly intelligent show despite its sophomoric and scatological title,” Brockie said. “It takes on a great number of important topics like climate change, civic responsibility, how capitalism mixes with government, and the dangers of populism, but presents them in a hilarious way.”

Tickets for Urinetown are $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for students, and Skyline staff.  Performances are November 5-6, 11-13, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. 

For tickets visit showtix4u.com or skylinehstheatre.org.

Tickets for Urinetown are $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for students, and Skyline staff.  Performances are November 5-6, 11-13, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. 

For tickets visit showtix4u.com or skylinehstheatre.org.

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Tony award-winning “Urinetown” satirizes capitalism and social irresponsibility. In the midst of so much social unrest, Urinetown couldn’t be more relevant than it is today, Brockie said, noting that this unorthodox story goes to show how no matter whose side you’re on, both parties believe that they have good intentions. In “Urinetown” however, neither side has planned things out very well, and in the course of the fight over everyone’s personal problems, the people of Urinetown soon find there are larger much more significant problems out of their control.

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