Around here, there's no such thing as a free piss. In Urinetown, a musical revolving around a futuristic society, everyone must pay for the privilege to urinate in an attempt to regulate water consumption. First staged in May 2001, the production eventually went on to win three Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Original Score in 2002. In its 24th season, the Ateneo Blue Repertory (blueREP) is proud to stage this musical, which will showcase its recently accepted members in their first-ever blueREP production as part of their training following the organization’s core values: professionalism, excellence, commitment, passion, and growth.
Urinetown: The Musical puts the spotlight on a town plagued by a 20-year drought which forces the government to put a ban on private toilets. All citizens must use public, pay-per-use amenities owned and operated by Urine Good Company, a malevolent corporation run by the corrupt Caldwell B. Cladwell; heroic Bobby Strong leads the fight against this practice. Hope, Cladwell’s beautiful daughter, must choose to side either with her father or with Bobby, her newfound love interest. Urinetown ultimately is a musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself.
Missy Maramara, who holds a Master of Fine Arts in Drama (Performance) from the University of Arkansas and is a full-time faculty member of the Fine Arts Program in the Ateneo de Manila University, serves as Urinetown’s director, with Darrell Uy as co-director and Alecx Lorica as assistant director. Marek Sison and Enzo Mendoza work together as musical directors, while Jamie Ozamiz and Evee Raypon choreograph the entire show. CJ Francisco returns to blueREP as the set designer; Miyo Sta. Maria takes charge of the production’s lighting, and finally, Mikka Espino serves as the musical’s costumes and makeup designer.
Ateneo Blue Repertory’s staging of Urinetown is scheduled to run from November 11-14 and 25-28 at the Rizal Mini Theater, Ateneo de Manila University, and may be viewed by all audiences. During weekdays, shows will be at 8 pm; on Saturdays, the production is scheduled to begin at 3 pm and 8 pm. For ticket inquiries and reservations, please contact Reine Gustilo (09369409042). You may also visit Ateneo Blue Repertory’s official website: http://www.bluerepertory.org and follow its accounts on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blueREPERTORY, Twitter: @_blueREPERTORY and Instagram: bluerepertory.
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