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