Loudoun Valley High School Urinetown: The MusicalBy Cappies • May 29th, 2013 • Category: Cappies
In a grim city, a twenty-year drought has caused a terrible water shortage, causing all public restrooms to become controlled by the corporation Urine Good Company (UGC) where citizens must pay to use the toilet. Relaying the exposition of the satirical comedy to the audience is the narrator of the show, Officer Lockstock (played by Jackson Lessler), who guides the audience through events following the unhealthy and poor villagers, and the workers of the megacorporation. Loudoun Valley High School performed a successful show called Urinetown: The Musical that follows Bobby Strong (Drew Hare) who leads the people of Public Amenity #9 into a revolution to overthrow UGC and free the citizens from the costs of having to pee.
This Tony award winning musical, with book and lyrics by Greg Kotis and music by Mark Hollmann, opened with an invigorating cast that invited the audience in to the dismal, yet comedic, world of Urinetown. Urinetown: The Musical is full of strong characters that were played by even stronger actors and actresses who embraced their characters to the largest extent. For example, the powerful ensemble of The Poor put their heart into understanding and recognizing who their characters were. The vivacity of The Poor came across especially during the number “Run, Freedom, Run,” which was led by Drew Hare with an accessible amount of energy. The role of Hope Cladwell was played by Sarah Midolo, whose extensive facial expressions and on-point character mannerisms allowed for the audience to grasp her character’s development throughout the musical, from the innocent “Daddy’s Girl” to the new leader of the revolution.
With perfect comedic timing and expert usage of sarcasm, Jackson Lessler (Officer Lockstock) and Alie Campbell (Penelope Pennywise) stole parts of the show with their witty dialogue and extreme characterization. Campbell also stunned the audience with her gorgeous vocals in all of her solos, where not only was her vocal range impressive, but her ability to stay in character during large portions of songs as well. Assisting Jackson Lessler on stage to help narrate portions of the show was Alex Poirier who played Little Sally, where she showed much character growth throughout the show. Although their roles were smaller, they were not overlooked, as Molly Magoffin (Little Becky Two Shoes) and C.J. Thomas (Hot Blades Harry) who both stood out among the masses of the ensemble.
The tech for this show is not to be overlooked. The hair and makeup crew headed by Alie Campbell did a fantastic job using realistic looking makeup to create dirt stains on The Poor in contrast to the pristine detail work of the UGC Ensemble. The stage crew of Urinetown was expedient in every one of their movements. They were agile and fluid, changing scenes with an animated amount of life.
Loudoun Valley High School’s Urinetown pulled the audience into the odd futuristic world of paying to pee. The cast and crew never brought a dull moment to the stage, and appeared as though they were teeming with energy throughout the entire show. The chemistry of the cast was visible in the ways that they were comfortable interacting with each other in the background of larger scenes. Urinetown: The Musical leaked with the feeling of being alive, and allowed the audience to leave enjoying life a little bit more.
by Sam Roth of Briar Woods High School
Photos by Patty Schuchman Photography
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