Avonmore Musical Society address water issues with “Urinetown”

Avonmore Musical Society are delighted and excited be back rehearsing for their upcoming production which this year is “Urinetown” (Ur-in-Town) the Musical which will be staged in St. Mary’s College, Arklow from Tuesday 11th April to Saturday 15th April, both dates inclusive.

Production team for this year’s show is: Director – Stephen Acton, Musical Director – Naoimh Penston and Choreographer – Martina Lynch and what a cast and chorus awaits musical theatre goers.

URINETOWN is a social and political satire set in a fictional future where a terrible 20-year drought has crippled the city’s water supplies. Water is so scarce that the government enforces a ban on all private toilets in an effort to control water consumption.

The citizens must now use the public, pay-per-use amenities owned and operated by Urine Good Company (UGC) – a private malevolent corporation run by the corrupt Caldwell B. Cladwell.  Citizens who try to circumvent the peeing-fee by relieving themselves in the bushes risk being taken away to “Urinetown”, a mysterious place where many have been sent but no one ever returns.

The oppressed masses huddle in line at the poorest, filthiest urinal in town, Public Amenity #9, which is run by the rigid, harshly authoritarian Penelope Pennywise and her assistant, dashing young rebel Bobby Strong. With fee increases in the pipeline, the poor rise up under the leadership of Bobby to fight the tyrannical regime for the right to make the public amenities free for all to use.

URINETOWN is a hilarious and resonating tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.

“A declaration of the power of theatre! Everything fits together in the creation of something that feels entirely original. The show’s glorious message is: Hey, it’s only theatre, but isn’t it wonderful? And did I mention it’s hilarious? Simply the most galvanizing theatre experience in town.” – The New York Times, 2001

There’s no adult language or sexual innuendo, though there is some brief, cartoon violence when evil is inevitably punished. Urinetown’s comedy extends far beyond toilet humour, as well; the lyrics and jokes are clever enough to appeal to adults, and clean enough for children younger than high school age.

Rehearsals commenced this week and will continue each Monday and Wed night at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s College, Arklow as well as Sunday evenings. Everyone is excited to be back to what they love doing and the group are currently looking for men to join the show, which is a big show for the chorus with some minor roles still to be cast. If you are interested please contact Patrick Bracken, Secretary or email him at avonmoremusicalsociety@gmail.com for further information.

Tickets for this year’s show will be on sale soon through gr8 Events:

Ticket prices are: Tuesday 11th April (opening night) all tickets €15 each, downstairs and balcony

Wed – Saturday night Downstairs all tickets €18 and Balcony €20 per ticket, plus booking fee

Wheelchair users to contact box office number which is 087 4333181

Avonmore Musical Society  will hold their AGM via Zoom on Tuesday 31st January, 2023 @ 8pm. If you would like to be part of the meeting please e-mail: avonmoremusicalsociety@gmail.com where all are welcome. If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s production please get in contact with us also.

Looking forward to seeing you all at rehearsals, being involved onstage, backstage, or any other part of this years production.

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