Q. WHAT IS “URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL”?
Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown: The Musical (music by Mark Hollman, book by Greg Kotis, lyrics by Hollman/Kotis) is an hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America’s greatest art forms.
Q. BUT WHAT IS “URINETOWN”?
“Urinetown “the place” is…well, it’s a place you’ll hear people referring a lot to during the show. It’s kind of a mythical place, you understand? A bad place. A place you won’t see until Act II. And then…? Well, let’s just say it’s filled with symbolism and things like that.” – Officer Lockstock (Act I, scene 1)
Q. OKAY. BUT IS THE PLAY ABOUT?
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 that 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.
Q. I’M INTRIGUED. WHEN? WHERE? YOU PROMISED DETAILS!
Friday, August 9th (7:30 PM)
Saturday, August 10th (7:30 PM)
Sunday, August 11th (3:00 PM)
All performances are at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina. Tickets are $15/adult, $12/students and can be purchased online at this link or at the door. The play is approximately 2 hours, 20 minutes (this includes a 15 minute intermission). The venue is wheel chair accessible.
Urinetown: The Musical is produced by Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts (CHSMA). CHSMA’s Summer Musical Theatre Intensive provides meaningful pre-professional training to teen actors through a combination of classes, individual instruction, and a challenging 5 week rehearsal process.
Two talented casts, only 5 rehearsals and the exceptional music from Broadway Musical Little Women made for a delightful evening of musical entertainment!
“Sing-Through Broadway” is a special part of the Acting Program at CHSMA for teen students. Keep an eye out for announcements about our next production this fall!
Unable to attend a friend or family member’s recital this Spring? Join our live streaming of the performances from wherever you are! We will be broadcasting our recitals using FaceBook Live. Just go to our page at https://www.facebook.com/ChapelHillSchoolOfMusicalArts/ and join us! If you can’t view in real time, we will be leaving videos up for a short time. We’re so glad to help more people enjoy the hard work of our students!
Students from CHSMA will sing for Dr. Sandra Cotton in this special class, receiving pointers on technique, musicality, style and interpretation of the classical art song and aria. Dr. Cotton is Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, where she teaches private voice, the physiology of singing, class voice, diction, and musical theater performance.
She received her undergraduate education at Northern Arizona University, where she studied with Dr. Lloyd Hanson. A student of Dr. Nancy Walker and Dr. Robert Wells, she received the Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received additional certification at the National Center for Voice and Speech under Dr. Ingo Titze and Dr. Katherine Verdolini Abbott. Since moving to Durham in 2007, Dr. Cotton has premiered roles and song cycles of local composers and collaborated on multiple lecture recitals.
She served as an adjudicator for the Long Leaf Opera Young Artist Award, the Meredith College Concerto Competition, and the Durham Music Teacher Association’s Young Artist Award and taught master-classes for the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, Szymanski Studios and UNC Pembroke. Dr. Cotton appeared in recent years offering programs for the Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro Opera, Wake Forest University’s Irish Festival, Cornell University for the James Joyce Conference, Meredith College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.