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Multi-award winning musical comedy ‘Urinetown’ to be presented Oct. 11-12

BOONE—On Homecoming weekend, the Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble will present the multi-award winning musical comedy “Urinetown” by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann. Performances take place at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12, in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall on the Appalachian State University campus.

View larger imageView larger imageSophomore Jared Coble, pictured with freshman Savannah Bennett, plays a hero who plans a revolution to win freedom to use public amenities in the satirical musical comedy “Urinetown.” The show is produced by the Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble, whose previous hits include productions of “Rent,” “The Rocky Horror Show” and “Spring Awakening.” Performances take place in Rosen Concert Hall during Homecoming weekend on the Appalachian State University campus. Photo credit: Wyatt NymanView larger image“Urinetown” takes place in a Gotham-like city during a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought, which has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Jared Coble and Savannah Bennett, pictured, lead the show’s 28-member cast and crew, which represents a variety of majors across campus. Photo credit: Wyatt Nyman

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and are available in the lobby of the Valborg Theatre Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 p.m. Tickets will also be sold at the door beginning one hour prior to each performance.

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, “Urinetown” is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself. The New York Times hailed the production as “hilariously funny and touchingly honest.” “Urinetown” provides a fresh perspective of one of America’s greatest art forms.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, “Urinetown” is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, “Urinetown” catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.

The production involves 28 students in the cast and crew, representing more than a dozen academic majors. The company is under the direction of Dr. Derek Davidson with choreography by Karen Sabo. Musical director Aaron Ames conducts a live, all-student orchestra for the production, which is purposefully timed to coincide with Homecoming weekend.

Rosen Concert Hall is located in the Broyhill Music Center at the Hayes School of Music, 813 Rivers Street in Boone. Free parking for the performances is available on campus in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near the Belk Library and Information Commons, the Stadium Lot, and the Raley Parking Lot.

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