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Urinetown, the Broadway musical, at Butte College.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

URINETOWN, the Laugh Out Loud Broadway Musical performs at Butte College, October 27 – November 5 2017

Oroville, California – September 19, 2017. What if you had to pay for the privilege to pee? With droughts and the Oroville Spillway in the news, Butte College Drama Department selected the 3-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical URINETOWN for its fall production! Set in a fictional future, inspired by the past, URINETOWN is a silly, thought-provoking musical about a drought that is so severe that the government hires a private company (Urine Good Company, and led by Caldwell B. Cladwell) to maintain public toilets that folks have to pay to use. And you must use the public toilets and if you don’t, you’ll be sent to URINETOWN, which is “kind of a mythical place, you understand. A bad place. A place you won’t see until Act Two. And then . . .? Well, let’s just say it’s filled with symbolism and things like that”, as stated by Officer Lockstock, our narrator.

URINETOWN opens Friday, October 27 at 7:30 pm, with performances continuing Saturday, October 28th at 7:30 pm, Sunday, October 29th at 2 pm, Friday, November 3rd at 7:30 pm, Saturday, November 4th at 7:30 pm, and closing on Sunday, November 5th at 2 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for seniors/students, plus EventBrite fees. Tickets are available at the door or via: http://www.ButteDrama.com. For more information, call 530-895-2994 or email Jesse Merz, director, at merzje@butte.edu. Performances take place at the Butte College Black Box Theatre, Main Campus, ARTS Building, 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville, CA 95965. URINETOWN is for just about the whole family – suggested 10 years old and up.

The idea for URINETOWN was born in the spring of 1995 when Greg Kotis, traveling in Europe, encountered pay-per-use toilets at the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. It was then that the musical's central idea hit him: a Gotham-like city where all the toilets were controlled by a greedy, crooked corporation with no concern for the poor, bladder-oppressed masses.

According to Kotis, the show "was created in a spirit of defiance against what's typically offered up as stage worthy in America today." The result is pure, hilarious and innovative entertainment. The show parodies many popular musicals and theater conventions and playfully pokes fun at itself. URINETOWN is also rich with social commentary about the American economy, the division between rich and poor, and the way we abuse the environment we depend on.

In 1999 URINETOWN got its start when the New York City Fringe Festival was looking to add more musicals to its lineup. URINETOWN became the hit of the festival, and its success led to a commercial production. Flush with the talents of an all-star creative and producing team, URINETOWN took home Tony Awards in 2002 for best director, best original score and best book of a musical. URINETOWN moved on to a national tour and is currently enjoying great success at the educational/community theater level.

URINETOWN features music and lyrics by Mark Hollman and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. URINETOWN was produced on Broadway in September, 2001 by the Araca

Group and Dodger Theatricals in association with TheaterDreams, Inc.,

and Lauren Mitchell. Butte College’s production features a set designed by Robert Pickering, lighting designed by Michael Johnson, costumes by Lynne Schuepbach, sound designed by Davin Schreindl, the stage manager is Ashbrooke Hinkle, choreography by Melinda Buzan, musical direction by Tamara Allspaugh, and is directed by Butte’s Theatre Arts Instructor, Jesse Merz.

The cast includes:

Officer Lockstock – David Loperena

Penelope Pennywise – Bronwyn Allen

Bobby Strong – Marcus Rutledge

Little Sally – Kaleigh Joyce

Hope Cladwell – Sarah Merrill

Caldwell B. Cladwell – Bryce Corron

Mr. McQueen – Victor Aguilar

Senator Fipp - Micah Santo

Hot Blades Harry – Ray Walters

Soupy Sue – Cyndi Ledet

Tiny Tom – Angel Berlanga

Little Becky Two-Shoes – Thalia Quiroz

Robby the Stockfish – Eric Blankenship

Officer Barrell – Garrett Vincent

Billy Boy Bill - Kayden Strand

Josephine Strong – Mellisa Wilcoxen

Mrs. Millennium - Faith Snelson

Dr. Billeaux – Nick Reiner

Old Man Strong – Nick Reiner

Girl Cop – Katy Hodges

Boy Cop - Isabelle Ralston

Ensemble – Julia Hoistad

Linda Winer of Newsday wrote that URINETOWN is “elevated silliness of the highest order that makes a gratifying case for the restorative return to knowing foolishness and the smartly absurd.”

Director Merz says, “URINETOWN has been one of my favorite shows since I got to perform in it at UC Davis 10 years ago as a graduate student. Its concept and script are super hilarious and the songs are catchy and still bring me tremendous joy. It’s an optimistic show, but also has some real interesting balance to it. Come to Butte College and enjoy this award-winning Broadway musical!”

Photo Credit: Davin Schreindl. Clockwise from upper left Bryce Corron as Caldwell B. Cladwell, David Loperena as Office Lockstock, Bronwyn Allen as Ms. Pennywise, Kaleigh Joyce as Little Becky Two Shoes, and Sarah Merrill as Hope.

URINETOWN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

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