The award-winning musical theatre program at Maple Grove High School is presenting “Urinetown: The Musical” as its fall 2012 musical.
The story of “Urinetown” takes place in a Gotham-like town in a world where a 20-year drought has forced every citizen to use Public bathrooms to take care of their Private business. The story and score create an exciting journey for the audience through toe-tapping music, high-energized choreography, and a complex array of technical elements. Much like a Pixar movie, “Urinetown” is an experience that is appropriate for children, yet has a complex story that will make every adult member think and laugh.
So why did the production crew pick “Urinetown” for their fall production?
“It is always our goal to provide a complete survey of musical theatre for our students within the three musicals they have the chance to be a part of within their 3 years at Maple Grove Senior High,” Artistic Director J.C. Lippold said. “‘Urinetown’ offers an important and relevant look at the way the American consumer culture works and the effect that it has on each individual within the diverse array of socio-economic groups of people. To create a theatrical experience that makes people think as well as entertains them is the biggest challenge for the theatre creator. The MGSH cast, crew and orchestra will have an experience unlike any they have ever had this fall.”
Performances of “Urinetown” will be Nov. 2, 3, 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. There will be a matinee performance Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students/seniors/children. Buy tickets online at seatyourself.biz/mgsh.
More information on the production can be found at crimsonchoir.com or by calling 763-391-8736.
MGSH has become known as one of the premiere musical theatre high schools in the state of Minnesota through its’ richly entertaining and highly professional productions including “Seussical,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” Elton John’s “Aida” and last years Spotlight Awards Outstanding Production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
Seniors Libby Kriz and Trevor Bunce recommend students new to MGSH to try out for a musical at the school. Libby started in last year’s musical and Trevor has been in all the musicals at MGSH.
Libby said her family has always been involved in theater. She was in this past summer’s Home Based Theater Company production consisting of MGSH alumni students and current students. “I really do love it and enjoy it,” she said.
Two summers ago Trevor was in the Home Based Theater Company’s production of “Thirteen.” His family also does musicals in their backyard every summer, just for fun and the community. “We get bigger and bigger every year,” he added. “My family is really into theater.”
Libby and Trevor’s advice is to try out and get involved in at least tech or costume.
“Just because you do sports, you don’t have to be a theater person to do theater here,” Libby said. “You can be from any walk of life and do it. You can enjoy it no matter where you interests lie.”
Trevor added, “That’s what’s so great about here at Maple Grove, it’s such a community. If you don’t know what to do or where to belong, you just come here and everyone is just accepting and its just one big family.”