SHS drama club will present ‘Urinetown’ as annual musical

The Southington High School Drama Club has selected the three-time Tony Award winning play “Urinetown” for their annual musical. “Urinetown” is a satirical look at government, freedom, and the conventions of musical theater with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis.

The play takes place in a desolate future plagued by a severe water shortage. The government has outlawed private bathrooms in favor of public amenities run by a megacorporation, the Urine Good Company.

The company’s exorbitant fees drive the people into poverty, until one young man, Bobby Strong, decides to stand up to the corrupt corporate executive, Caldwell B. Cladwell.  Along the way, Bobby falls in love with the boss’ daughter, Hope, and the two become the focal points for the revolution.  In the end, questions arise regarding the role of business in the larger world, the intentions of the government, the role of humanity in safeguarding the environment, and the clichés of musical theater.

The production will take place on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m., in the Southington High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens.

Due to some of the content, the show is not recommended for young audiences.

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