NU Theatre Presents ‘Urinetown – The Musical’ Dec. 6-16

December 2, 2012  |  by Michael Freedman

From Dec. 6 – 16, NU Theatre will present the hit Broadway production, Urinetown – the Musical, by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann. This Tony Award-winning tale of love, greed and revolution is directed by Steven Braddock, director of Niagara University Theatre, with choreography by associate professor Terri Filips Vaughan and musical direction is by vocal adjunct Jason Bravo. An irreverent homage to the Great American musical theatre tradition, Urinetown – the Musical is one of the most uproariously funny musicals ever to hit Broadway. The production satirizes capitalism, populism, bureaucracy, corporate corruption and municipal politics.

A horrendous water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government ban on private bathrooms. Citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by demanding payment for one of humanity’s most fundamental needs. From out of the destitute masses, a hero arises to lead his fellows against the tyrannical regime.

Cast members include the following NU theater studies students: Alan Trinca of South Buffalo, N.Y. (Officer Lockstock); Celine Keefe of Williamsville, N.Y. (Penelope Pennywise); Alex Garcia of Greece, N.Y. (Bobby Strong); Renee Landrigan of Lockport, N.Y. (Little Sally); Marina Raquel Laurendi of Lewiston, N.Y. (Hope Cladwell); Matt Gilbert of Berea, Ohio (Mr. McQueen); Bobby Hall of Syracuse, N.Y. (Senator Fipp); Nathan Andrew Miller of Buffalo, N.Y. (Old Man Strong); Dan Urtz of Verona, N.Y. (Hot Blades Harry); Keirsten Lynne Greifenstein of Cleveland, Ohio (Soupy Sue); Bradeen Walders of Albion, N.Y. (Cladwell’s Secretary); Dave Spychalski of Holley, N.Y. (Tiny Tom); Matt DiVita of Rochester, N.Y. (Dr. Billeaux); Ashley Marie DeMar of Watertown, N.Y. (Little Becky Two-Shoes); Lauren Parrow of Fairport, N.Y. (Mrs. Millennium); Tyler J. Duncan of Sanborn, N.Y. (Bobby the Stockfish/Cop); Katie Macari of Troy, N.Y. (UGC Executive #2/Cop); Andrew Adolf of Lancaster, N.Y. (Officer Barrel); Steven Sass of Huntington Beach, Calif. (Billy Boy/Cop); Arianne Davidow of  Clarence Center, N.Y. (UCG Executive #1/Cop); Phoebe Wright of Fairfield, Conn. (Josephine Strong); Courtney Corbetta of Lewiston, N.Y. (Old Woman/Cop); Kyle Baran of Clarence Center, N.Y. (Cladwell B. Cladwell); and Elena V. Feliz of Tonawanda, N.Y., Kaylee Leroy of Solvay, N.Y., and Preston D. Williams of Rabun Gap, Ga. (The Unwashed Poor). In addition, Kendyl Litwiller of Naples, N.Y., is stage manager. Fabio Del Carlo of Harrison, NJ, and Steve Lukaszewski of Port Ewan, N.Y., are assistant stage managers.

Set design is by assistant professor of design/technology and scenic designer/production manager David Dwyer. Costume design is by alumna Andrea Gollhardt, while lighting design is by alumnus Jayson Clark. Sound coordination is by sound adjunct Glenn Bernardis. Assistant director of the production is senior theatre performance major Megan Kemple. Assistant choreographer is junior theatre performance major Kelsey M. Anderson.

The production is on stage in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, and Thursday, Dec. 13, and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, Saturday, Dec. 8, Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15.  Matinees will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, Sunday, Dec. 9 (with post-show discussion), Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16.

For tickets and information, please call 716.286.8685 or visit the NU Theatre Box Office.