Our Main Show this year is Urinetown, the Musical which will be performed in the Mitchell Theatre on the 14th-17th of February 2018.
About the show:
Urinetown is set in a future where the government takes advantage of a terrible water-shortage by banning private toilets. Citizens are forced to pay to use public toilets instead, and those who refuse are exiled to Urinetown. The public amenities are regulated by Mr Cladwell and his megacorporation Urine Good Company, who profit by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Urinetown tells the story of Bobby Strong’s journey towards freedom and justice, as he leads a gang of misfits in a revolt against the system. This outrageous musical has everything from big dance numbers to heartbreaking solos, all with a dark satirical twist. What more could you ask for?!
How to get involved:
Want to help us bring this show to life? Join our cast or Tech Team! We are proud to have an open-chorus policy so everyone who wishes to perform will be on-stage during the performance. Similarly, we are always looking for new people to join our Technical Team. The set is a really important part of a show like Urinetown, so getting involved with tech will be really exciting! If you would be interested in getting involved with this production, either on-stage or off, please come to the Food Factory in the Queen Margaret Union at 7pm on the 28th of September 2017.
If you love the theatre but aren’t a performer, you might enjoy being a part of the technical side of things. If you want to help us build our spectacular set and props, have a passion for painting, or want to try your hand at programming our lighting, then Tech is the place for you! The Tech Team are also right in on the action during show week, where we do everything from moving set pieces to controlling the mics. You also don’t need to have any previous technical experience to join us – you will learn everything you need to know and we promise you’ll have a lot of fun!
Tech sessions take place on Thursdays at 7-10pm and on Sunday evenings. If you would like to join our Tech Team make sure you come to the Food Factory in the QMU at 7pm on the 28th of September.
This hilarious show is going to be super fun to take part in so make sure you take the opportunity to join the cast while you can. We will have two rehearsals in which the cast will learn the audition pieces. This will include an audition dance, and some songs and acting pieces from the show. Our pre-audition rehearsals will take place at 7-10pm on the 28th of September and the 5th of October in the QMU Food Factory, and auditions will take place on the 7th and 8th of October.
The Production Team will be casting a number of specialists as well as the principal cast. However, we have an open-chorus policy so whether you audition or not, everyone is welcome to the first full-cast rehearsal on the 12th of October in the QMU Food Factory. Even if you don’t audition, you might find it helpful to come to the first pre-audition rehearsal on the 28th in order to get to know the PT, register as a member, and find out what Cecilians are all about.
Rehearsals for Urinetown will take place at 7-10pm on Thursdays and (later on in the year) Sundays, with rehearsals for specialists and principals taking place at an earlier time on a Sunday.
If you would like to audition, you might want to familiarise yourself with the Urinetown soundtrack and have a look at the principal roles:
Bobby Strong (Tenor with falsetto, A2-C5): Bobby is the leading man and unlikely hero of Urinetown. He works at Public Amenity #9 as an assistant to Penelope Pennywise, however, he turns on his employer and leads the revolution in response to the cruel punishments enforced by Urine Good Company (UGC) on those who cannot afford to pay to pee. Bobby is a dreamer, and believes that a new, better world can be created if the poor work together against the powerful Urine Good Company. He falls in love with Hope Cladwell, daughter of UGC’s CEO Caldwell B. Cladwell and must reconcile his love for her with his desire to overthrow UGC.
Hope Cladwell (Soprano, A3-A5): Hope is the daughter of UGC’s CEO Mr Cladwell. At the start of the show, she is returning home from university and starting her new job at UGC as a fax and copy girl. She is naïve, innocent and idealistic. She meets Bobby before the revolution begins and there is instant chemistry between the pair. Her relationship with Bobby leads her to be caught up in the revolution and exposes her to the hardships that UGC have forced on the poor. By the end of the show, Hope has lost her innocence and sees the injustices caused by her father.
Officer Lockstock (Baritone, A2-A4): Officer Lockstock is the chief of police and the narrator of Urinetown. Lockstock narrates the show to the audience but is also an important part of the story. As a symbol of police brutality and suppression of the masses, Lockstock and his partner Barrell are in charge of taking people to Urinetown as punishment for failure to pay their fee to use the bathroom. When the revolution happens, Lockstock attempts to find and arrest Bobby and the rest of the revolutionaries.
Caldwell B. Cladwell (Baritone, A2-G4): As the CEO of Urine Good Company, Cladwell is the antagonist of the show. He represents corporate greed and the injustices of capitalism. He uses the police and his employees to further his own interest and treats the rest of the population unfairly, raising prices for access to his amenities knowing that the people cannot afford to pay. He is ruthless, calculating and manipulative.
Penelope Pennywise (Mezzo with Belt, A3-C6): Penelope Pennywise is the proprietor of Public Amenity #9. She is ruthless in collecting fees from people she knows are too poor to pay but have no other option. She is the catalyst for the play’s events as she is responsible for sending Bobby’s father – Old Man Strong – to Urinetown. She is in many ways a villain, but also represents those who join a harmful regime in order to better their lives and protect themselves from harm. She is a complex woman who harbours a secret.
Little Sally (Mezzo Soprano, A3-E5): A precocious street urchin who helps to narrate the show, Little Sally is a key role within Urinetown. Sally often questions Lockstock’s narration and the show’s logic. She is savvy and streetwise but still possesses an endearing childlike innocence.
There are also several other supporting roles within the show as well as groups of specialist singers and dancers.
Dates for your diary:
28th of September – Tech meeting/Welcome/Pre-audition rehearsal in QMU Food Factory at 7pm.
5th of October – Pre-audition rehearsal in QMU Food Factory at 7pm.
7th-8th of October – Auditions!!
12th of October – First full-cast rehearsal in QMU Food Factory at 7pm.