[THEATER REVIEW] Urinetown pays homage to classic musical theater
May 30, 2023
The buzz of anticipation fills Huss as the cast and crew of Urinetown prepare to put on a show.
US Theater Director Eric Severson had carefully chosen this musical for its unique quality and relevance.
“It is one of my favorite musicals. I think it’s smart, funny, and political. It’s got a little bit of everything,” he said.
Severson considers many factors when selecting musicals, including the size of the ensemble. He wanted to expose the students to different musical theater styles throughout their four years.
“Last year, we had a relatively small ensemble in The Drowsy Chaperone. So this year, I wanted to do a show with a larger ensemble,” he explained.
Urinetown was a perfect fit, not only because of its ensemble-driven nature but also because it showcased the current talent within the theater program.
Every musical number in the show is a reference to a classic musical.
The musical numbers in Urinetown were a unique blend of homage and originality.
Before the show, Severson highlighted, “Every musical number in the show is a reference to a classic musical.”
The cast embraced the challenge of embodying the spirit of those iconic musicals, whether it was Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, or Chicago.
As the performance date neared, the dedicated individuals behind the scenes worked tirelessly. Senior students who had been involved in theater since their freshman year showcased their skills both on and off the stage.
Seniors Linnea Cooley, running the light board, and Calvin He in the pit orchestra were just a few of the many talented individuals supporting the production. Severson praised their commitment saying, “I have so loved working with them, even during the virtual and frustrating lock down COVID years.”
Finally, May 19, the day of the opening performance arrived, and the theater filled with an atmosphere of excitement. The audience eagerly took their seats, ready to immerse themselves in the magic of live theater. The cast delivered a stunning performance, channeling their passion, talent and hard work into every scene.
Urinetown was a resounding success; under Severson’s guidance, the students not only put on a remarkable show but had also created lasting memories and a deep appreciation for the power of the performing arts.