Drama uses toilet humour to make social comment
Bathroom habits aren’t usually the subject of musical theatre.
But ACG Senior College is taking them to the stage in their production of the Broadway musical Urinetown, opening tonight.
The show follows the plight of a town suffering from a serious water shortage following a 20year drought.
A government enforced ban on private toilets means residents have no choice but to use public toilets and an unsympathetic company is making them pay for the privilege.
What results is a society where the poor are no longer entitled to the most basic human need.
The musical is a tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution set in a time where water is worth its weight in gold.
Students have been working on the production for eight weeks and will perform it until Saturday at the Hopetoun Alpha.
Director Simon Coleman says he chose the musical because it was something different.
“It’s a social comment on ecological disaster,” he says. “People will really enjoy it, it’s good family entertainment, despite the name.”
Tickets for Urinetown the musical are $30 for adults and $20 for students, phone 361-1000 or visit www.iticket.co.nz.
Bathroom tale: Johnny Light, front and students from ACG Senior College will perform in the senior production of Broadway musical Urinetown, starting tonight.