Second show of Old Courthouse Theatre’s 47th season on for this weekend in Concord
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 19, 2022
CONCORD — The second show of the Old Courthouse Theatre’s 47th season includes a trip to the mythical world of Urinetown. Not the place, of course, the musical. What could this strangely titled musical be about, you may ask. The show, set in the not-so-distant future, is the story of a band of revolutionists (led by Bobby Strong (Lohmar) who are fed up with the unfair law that prohibits all free urination.
With the shadow of punishment and the mysterious “Urinetown” hanging over their heads, the brave members of this group finally challenge the Urine Good Company and the megalomaniac Caldwell B. Cladwell (Tom Schrachta). Sprinkled in with the revolution is, of course, a love story between star-crossed lovers, Hope (Hilary Powell) — who just happens to be Cladwell’s daughter — and Bobby. Admittedly, this musical should not work on stage. It finally does triumph, though, with witty, clever and fast-paced dialogue and a score that has hummable and inspiring songs.
An entertaining, different story that will leave you inspired.
Andy Rassler is artistic director of Urinetown and leads a production team that brought the show to the stage. Laurie Klaus is music director, Sharlie Duncan choreographed the musical numbers and Cheryl Opel serves as stage manager. Freda Linker designed the costumes and Chris Barcroft is lighting designer. The cast is made up of Kaeleb Stilwell, Rachel Abbatiello, Ella Wood, Herchelle Smith, Matt Smith, Anna Gross, McKenzie McGee, Matthew Monté, Zane Rassler and Thomas Gushlaw.
Urinetown performances continue Oct. 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at octconcord.com or at the box off before showtime. Old Courthouse Theatre is located at 49 Spring St. NW, Concord.