|PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory performs Tony-winning ‘Urinetown’|
|Thursday, June 14, 2012|
A cast of 25 young student actors will perform the Tony Award-winning musical satire “Urinetown: The Musical” July 19-22 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
PlayMakers Repertory Company, the professional theater in residence at UNC, will present the stage production as the culmination of its popular Summer Youth Conservatory.
Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. on July 19-21 and 2 p.m. on July 22 in the Paul Green Theatre inside the Center for Dramatic Art located on Country Club Road. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children under 18 and may be purchased by calling (919) 962-7529, online at www.playmakersrep.org or at the PlayMakers box office.
In “Urinetown,” water is worth its weight in gold. Twenty years of disastrous drought have led to draconian water restrictions. Citizens are forced to use public, pay-per-use facilities operated by Urine Good Company. But what if the people rebel?
Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, the musical is an irreverent satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny, a comedic romp with wickedly modern wit, said Jeffrey Meanza, PlayMakers associate artistic director. “‘Urinetown’ is an uproarious and earnest tale of love, greed and revolution – an outrageous, tongue-in-cheek show that’s fun for the whole family.”
The musical will be co-directed by longtime PlayMakers acting company member and UNC dramatic art professor Julie Fishell and guest director Jeff Stanley. Fishell appeared in PlayMakers’ “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (2011) and has been part of the Summer Youth Conservatory teaching team since its inception in 2007. Stanley is a professional director based at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn., and a professor of theater at Fairfield University.
The conservatory is a unique theater experience for young people: an educational and performance opportunity that includes working with professional directors, choreographers and musical directors at PlayMakers Repertory Company. The North Carolina Theatre Conference honored the conservatory with the Constance Welsh Youth Theatre Award for excellence in performance, service of mission and community outreach, recognizing it as “a model program for youth theater in North Carolina.”
The conservatory features three programs: Theatre Intensive and Theatre Tech for high school students and a new program called Theatre Quest for middle-schoolers.
Beginning Monday (June 18), 25 high school actors in the Theatre Intensive program will have the opportunity to train, rehearse and perform “Urinetown” in PlayMakers’ professional theater as part of this award-winning program.
PlayMakers is based in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences. The Drama League has named the company “one of the best regional theaters in America.” For information about PlayMakers’ 2012-2013 season, visit www.playmakersrep.org. Season ticket packages are available.