Public auditions held Jan. 23-24 for spring production of ‘Urinetown – The Musical’

Salve Regina’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will hold open auditions for its upcoming production of “Urinetown – The Musical” on Friday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. and Saturday Jan. 24 at noon in the Megley Black Box theater located in the Antone Academic Center on Lawrence Avenue.

Auditioners should prepare a song and a can bring a monologue, or read from the script. The auditions are open to all members of the local community.

“Urinetown” is the social and political satire written by Greg Kotis. It debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2001 and then was later produced on Broadway at Henry Miller’s Theatre. The musical is set in a fictional future where a 20-year drought has crippled the city’s water supplies. Water is so scarce that the government enforces a ban on all private toilets in an effort to control water consumption.

The citizens must now use the public, pay-per-use amenities owned and operated by Urine Good Company (UGC) - a private malevolent corporation run by the corrupt Caldwell B. Cladwell. Citizens who try to circumvent the peeing-fee by relieving themselves in the bushes risk being taken away to “Urinetown,” a mysterious place where many have been sent but no one ever returns.

The oppressed masses huddle in line at the poorest, filthiest urinal in town, Public Amenity #9, which is run by the rigid, harshly authoritarian Penelope Pennywise and her assistant, dashing young rebel Bobby Strong. With fee increases in the pipeline, the poor rise up under the leadership of Bobby to fight the tyrannical regime for the right to make the public amenities free for all to use.

Salve Regina’s production of the musical will be performed in April at the Casino Theatre. For more information, contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at 401-341-3163.