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"Urinetown" Brings Rich Political Satire to
MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Nov. 4-13


10/12/11


West Windsor, N.J. - The world of "politics as usual" goes uproariously awry when The Pennington Players brings the irreverent musical satire "Urinetown" to Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre. The curtain rises Fridays, Nov. 4 and 11 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Nov. 5 and 12 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Nov. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Nov. 4.

It's a tale of greed, corruption and revolution - and a lovely little romance - in a drought-stricken city where the government has enforced a ban on private toilets. Citizens must use public facilities, regulated by the megacorporation, Urine Good Company, which profits by requiring payment for one of humanity's most basic needs. No one is safe from scrutiny as violators are sent to the penal colony of Urinetown, never to return. Finally, one courageous citizen decides to take a stand.

With songs like "It's Privilege to Pee," the futuristic tale pokes fun at small town politics, capitalism, social irresponsibility, corporate greed, liberals, conservatives - and even Broadway musicals themselves. And, on its simplest level, "Urinetown" is the story of two kids who fall in love in the middle of a water shortage. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, the Tony-Award winning show was written by Greg Kotis with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann.

"Urinetown" features, left to right, Kim LaSala
Cupo as Hope Cladwell; Caleb Whipple as Bobby Strong; |Gary Gilbert as Officer Lockstock
and Salena Qureshi as Little Sally.

The dynamic cast includes: Maria Aromando, of Neshanic Station, as Little Becky Two Shoes; Tia Brown, of Lawrenceville, as Robby the Stockfish; Kim LaSala Cupo, of Fairless Hills, Pa., as Hope Cladwell; Frank Ferrara, of West Windsor, as Officer Barrel; Shannon Ferrara, of West Windsor, as Josephine Strong; Jennifer Fischer, of Hamilton, as Soupy Sou; John Fischer, of Hamilton, as Caldwell B. Cladwell; Gary Gilbert, of New Hope, Pa., as Officer Lockstock; Zach Mazouat of Mount Olive as Old Man/Hot Blades Harry; Jaimie McMillin, of Bordentown, as Mrs. McQueen; Salena Qureshi, of Columbus, as Little Sally; Dominick Sannelli, of Levittown, Pa., as Tiny Tom/Dr. Billeaux; Benji Sills, of Plainsboro, as Billy Boy Bill; Mackenzie Smith, of Moorestown, as Penelope Pennywise; Jerry Tower, of Sicklerville, as Senator Fipp; and Caleb Whipple, of Princeton, as Bobby Strong. Rounding out the cast are ensemble members Lynn Baskin of Lambertville, Alison McMullen of Ewing, Heather Santos of Philadelphia, Pa., and Stephanie Venanzi of Hamilton.

The production is directed by Kyrus Keenan Westcott with musical direction by Timothy Walton and choreography by Rachel Tovar. Frank Ferrara is the producer, with John Boccanfuso as stage manager. The design team is led by set designer Bryan Schendlinger, with lighting design by Judi Parrish and props by Dottie Farina.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students and children. (Some language may not be suitable for children.) Tickets may be purchased by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333 or online
. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Free parking is available next to the theater.

For a complete listing of adult and children's events for the 2011-12 season, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

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