Musical Review: Urinetown

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Musical Review: Urinetown

Mohss Elaine, Staff Writer

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Did you get a chance to visit Urinetown? Not the town, the musical! Coronado’s take on the award-winning musical was quite the sight to see, from the stage to the costumes and everywhere in between. The stage was beautifully crafted and grouped together all of the scenery, making the stage look more alive than ever, with actors and actresses all bringing themselves into their characters, giving the best show the audience could ask for. Every line, joke and number gripped the audience more with each passing minute and made an amazing rendition of the musical (and nothing’s as amazing as a musical.)

 

The musical, written by Greg Kotis and composed by Mark Hollman, takes us through the cruel tale of a catastrophic twenty-year drought, where the poorest of the poor have to pay to use the restroom because every private toilet had been outlawed! The masses fight over money and their places in line as the wealthiest people, known as the Urine Good Company (UGC for short) use their authority in the evilest ways. The police force, Officer Lockstock and Officer Barrel keep a close eye on the people’s…affairs, in order to keep the poor paying. They’ll do whatever it takes to keep the people afraid to step out of line, even if it means taking them to ‘Urinetown’.

 

Elena Dunz, 11, played Mrs. Millennium during the play’s run. During the musical she was often stressed, but willing to make the musical the most she could. “At first it was really stressful because during the first month, where we were supposed to be memorizing our lines, a lot of people who were in the choir had auditioned for all state, so when the due dates for lines came up, nobody was ready.” Elena did multiple jobs alongside her acting, such as costume design. “I really enjoy costume designing, and we were pretty short on tech kids, so sort of had to take all the jobs like buying clothes and pulling costumes for the others, so all these jobs got smashed together. It was so much fun taking these clothes, destroying them, and making them new. It was so much fun seeing how people felt about them.”

 

She took the acting very seriously, as the play was very dear to her, and immersed herself in the role of Mrs. Millenium. “When I was on stage, I really didn’t feel like me. I was Mrs.Millenium. I wasn’t in front of an audience, I heard them laughing, but they weren’t really an audience. I felt like I was truly in Urinetown, and I was really deep into my role, I wasn’t performing on stage, I was Mrs.Millenium in Cladwell’s office.”

 

The actors and actresses truly immersed themselves and the audience in the world of Urinetown, dirty jokes, songs and all.Coronado’s actors and actresses worked so hard to make Urinetown the best experience possible, and their work couldn’t have paid off more. We can’t wait for what Coronado’s theatre department will bring to the stage next!

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