Drama uses toi­let hu­mour to make so­cial com­ment

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lisa Sloan

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.

Photo: LISA SLOAN

Bath­room tale: Johnny Light, front and stu­dents from ACG Se­nior Col­lege will per­form in the se­nior pro­duc­tion of Broad­way mu­si­cal Urinetown, start­ing tonight.

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