A contemporary satirical musical about equality, justice, and the courage to fight for rights will be performed at UW-La Crosse. “Urinetown” is this year’s Summerstage production, which features university and community actors. Performances run at 7:30 p.m. July 1-2 and 7-9, and 2 p.m. Sundays, July 3 and 10, in Toland Theatre in the Center for the Arts, 16th and Vine streets.
Greeted by the show’s self-aware narrators—the seasoned Officer Lockstock and the youthful street urchin Little Sally—the audience learns of a town plagued by debilitating water shortages and economic hardships. What little water is left is portioned and taxed by Urine Good Company, headed by the seemingly suave, smooth-talking Caldwell B. Cladwell.
For the ever-growing, poverty-stricken community this means bathrooms are now public and tightly controlled with stringent punishments for those who “pee” without “payin’.” The show’s protagonist, Bobby Strong, is propelled to stand against injustice at the encouragement of Caldwell’s innocently optimistic daughter, Hope, when his father does not have the means to pay the toll and is sent off to the ill-fated Urinetown, never to be heard from or seen again.
Tickets for Urinetown go on sale at 1 p.m. Monday, June 27. Tickets are $9 for UW-L students, $14 for other students and senior citizens, and $16 for others. Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the lobby of the Center for the Arts or at 608.785.8522.
If you go—
WHO: UW-La Crosse’s Summerstage
WHERE: Toland Theatre, UW-La Crosse Center for the Arts, 16th and Vine Streets
WHEN: July 1-2 and July 7-9 at 7:30 p.m.
July 3 & 10 at 2:00 p.m.
TICKETS: $9 for UW-L students, $14 for other students and senior citizens, and $16 for others. For reservations call 608.785.8522 beginning 1 p.m. Monday, June 27.