Musical to have audience in stitches
Greed, love, revolution and bathroom habits come together in a hysterical exploration of musical theatre starring Baldivis resident Kairen Thorpe in his stage debut.
Urinetown tells the tale of janitor Bobby Strong, played by Thorpe, and the city’s poorest citizens, who struggle to pay the fees required to go to the bathroom.
A sudden bout of hope inspires the lower-class group to rebel against the hierarchy, led by Bobby Strong, who is a rebellious visionary as well as a dedicated plumber and custodian.
Thorpe said the experience so far had been challenging, never having previously performed in musical theatre.
“The show is a very tongue-in-cheek and self-aware dark comedy that takes what seems like an absurd premise and delivers it in a way that’s even absurder,” he said.
“It also seems very relevant in today’s water-sparse world.”
The Tony Award-winning musical is written by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis and directed by another Baldivis resident Craig Griffen, who described Urinetown as a side-splitting story using humour and wit to touch on important social issues.
“Although the plot sounds quite dark and ponderous, the show uses the cliches of the musical art form to keep the show bright, slick and ultimately hysterical,” he said.
“There is no way to listen to the fantastic, quirky score, combined with the witty and often ridiculous lyrics, and not be grinning from ear-to-ear.”
For more information and tickets, visit meltheco.org.au.
Urinetown cast members Bert Goldsmith, Shanee Osborne, Grace Johnson and Baldivis resident Kairen Thorpe.