'Urinetown' musical opens April 26

Krystle Wagner • Apr 20, 2018 at 3:00 PM

SPRING LAKE TWP. — A satire musical with an interesting title is coming to Spring Lake High School next week.

Set in a town suffering from a 20-year drought, “Urinetown” follows the revolt of the poor residents after the Urine Good Co. — which helps conserve water by making people pay to pee — implements a fee hike.

Performances are at 7 p.m. April 26-27 and 1 p.m. April 28 in the high school’s auditorium. Tickets are $8 for students and $12 for adults. Tickets are available online by visiting www.springlakeschools.org.

Some of the proceeds from ticket sales will help students at Eisenhower Elementary School in Flint. Funds will be used for bottled water and to help students purchase reusable bottles, said the show’s director, Shaylynn Chalupa.

With residents rising up and revolting, Chalupa said the show is a mash-up of “Newsies” and “Les Miserables.” The show was selected because it lends itself to many characters, and it can also be picked apart for the social aspect, she said. It also asks questions about who should be in charge of finite resources, looks at what happens when “absolute power corrupts absolutely,” and offers food for thought.

When the show was first announced, SLHS sophomore Kyle Coon said some people weren’t familiar with it, but they thought it was funny once they listened to the show’s soundtrack. Coon, 16, plays the role of Bobby Strong, a janitor of a public bathroom who becomes the leader of the rebellion.

Karenna Johnson, a junior, said the show is a comedy that touches on government and politics. The 17-year-old plays the role of Penelope Pennywise, who is in charge of Amenity No. 9 and works for UGC. About halfway through the show, there’s a twist to the character, Johnson said.

Jared Hogan, also a junior, plays Officer Lockstock, who is a narrator and police officer who enforces that people use public bathrooms.

Although the show features good but difficult music, Chalupa said the cast is rising to the challenge.

Coon and Johnson agreed their favorite part of the show is the first act’s finale when the characters all come together.

While some lines in the show poke fun of the show’s title, Hogan, 17, said it isn’t filled with jokes about urine.

“There’s so much more than that,” he said.

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