The Waterfront Theatre College presents Urinetown

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Urinetown Cast – Centre figure Zoey McLaughlin who plays Hope Cladwell. Ravishingly beautiful, torn between her love for her father and Bobby Strong, she joins Bobby as part of a revolution. Bobby is played by Theunis Viljoen.
Urinetown Cast – Centre figure Zoey McLaughlin who plays Hope Cladwell. Ravishingly beautiful, torn between her love for her father and Bobby Strong, she joins Bobby as part of a revolution. Bobby is played by Theunis Viljoen.

Hilariously funny and touchingly honest with a “Steam Punk” aesthetic, award-winning Broadway musical premieres at the Artscape Arena 4 to 14 July 2018.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-endorsed ban on private toilets. Citizens are forced to use public loos regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for the basic need to wee!

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But what happens when one person decides enough is enough!

Brandon Jones (Barrel) & Michael Fenn (Lockstock). Michael Strydom (Mr McQueen), Mika Calitz (Caldwell B Cladwell) & Jeanni Heyns (Fipp). Kyra Gladwin (Sally), Zoe Mclaughlin (Hope). Thinus Viljoen (Bobby) and Nicolette Fernandes (Penelope).
Brandon Jones (Barrel) & Michael Fenn (Lockstock). Michael Strydom (Mr McQueen), Mika Calitz (Caldwell B Cladwell) & Jeanni Heyns (Fipp). Kyra Gladwin (Sally), Zoe Mclaughlin (Hope). Thinus Viljoen (Bobby) and Nicolette Fernandes (Penelope).

Hilariously funny and touchingly honest the award-winning musical Urinetown premieres in South Africa at the Artscape Arena, Cape Town from 4 to14 July 2018 – thankfully not before Cape Town’s very own Day Zero!

Inspired by the work of Bertol Brecht and Kurt Weil, Urinetown is an irreverent satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny.

Directed by Paul Griffiths with musical direction by Garth Tavares and choreography by Genna Galloway the production has a cast of 31.

Paul Griffiths says: ‘Urinetown – the musical presents a dystopian society trying to survive a shortage of our most precious resource – WATER. The relevance of which speaks for itself.’

Delia Sainsbury, founder of the Waterfront Theatre School, adds that: ‘This production is proving to be one of the most exciting projects undertaken by WTS.”

Urinetown Cast – Centre figure Theunis Viljoen who plays Bobby Strong the rebellious everyman who works for Miss Pennywise at the poorest, filthiest town urinal. Eventual protagonist, starts a revolution and falls in love with Hope Cladwell.
Urinetown Cast – Centre figure Theunis Viljoen who plays Bobby Strong the rebellious everyman who works for Miss Pennywise at the poorest, filthiest town urinal. Eventual protagonist, starts a revolution and falls in love with Hope Cladwell.

Costumes for this particular production are influenced by the Steam Punk aesthetic; a style that started out as a science-fiction sub-genre in the 1970’s but is a full-blown youth sub-culture today. Steampunk fashion combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction.

The team who engineered last year’s smash hit Sister Act the Musical are back with a vengeance to explore what happens when water is worth more than its weight in gold!

Performances are at 8pm each night from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 14 July. There are two matinees at 15:30 on Saturday 7 and 14 July.

Tickets are R150 each and may be booked through Artscape Dial-Seat 021 421 7695, Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets, call Computicket 0861 915 8000 or online www.computicket.com or https://bit.ly/2MahtD5 – Seating is unreserved. Duration two hours with an interval and suitable for all ages.

(L-R) Angelica Hattingh (Secretary Ensemble) , Mika Calitz (Caldwell B Cladwell) Nicole Austin & Elsa Kleynhans (Secretary Ensemble). PHOTO by Madevu Entertainment - Michael William Wallace.
(L-R) Angelica Hattingh (Secretary Ensemble) , Mika Calitz (Caldwell B Cladwell) Nicole Austin & Elsa Kleynhans (Secretary Ensemble). PHOTO by Madevu Entertainment – Michael William Wallace.

Urinetown is written by Greg Kotis, music by Mark Hollman and together they wrote the lyrics for their journey to Broadway in 2001.

BRIEF HISTORY OF URINETOWN – A Broadway sensation

While travelling to Europe as a student, on a budget, Greg Kotis came across a pay-per-use public toilet, which gave him the idea for Urinetown. He began writing shortly after and teamed up with composer Mark Hollmann for the journey to Broadway. Greg created the book, together they wrote the lyrics and Marc the music. Urinetown debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival, was then produced Off-Broadway at the American Theatre for Actors in 2001. In the same year, it opened on Broadway at Henry Miller’s Theatre, running from September 2001 through to January 2004. Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is said to be one of the few truly original musicals not based on existing source material.

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