Photos from Yellow Springs High
School production of Urinetown: the Musical.
April 23,24,25 and April 30, May 1 and
May 2, 2010.
Urinetown: the Musical is ultimately
about the trouble of living with other people. Poverty and wealth and
the impossibility of bridging the crevasse between the two seems to be a
central theme. Love, greed, virtue, and evil all make their
appearances. It is interesting that the author has given
roles with integrity to a child and a woman. Can we hear his
message about our main hope is to glean the worth out of each person
no matter how they appear?
Each of the main characters are multifaceted,
in the end leaving the audience to decide who is a hero(ine) and who was
right and who was wrong. Director Jeff Murphy has wrought a
sparkling musical speeding along from humor to pathos, all while making it look easy to do. Susan Carlock
does a fine job of empowering the music and the lyrics so that the
audience is always connected.
Jake Kintner shines as Mr. Caldwell Cladwell and Zyna Bakari commands the stage as Ms. Pennywise. Elliot Cromer and Rory Papania bring
out the full depth of their policemen, letting us in on their hidden
humanity while hitting us full blast with zanieness. Anne Weigand
brings Hope to life with all the contradictions of this character
clearly shown and another lovely voice to listen to. Adam Zaremsky
carries the burden of altruism lightly along to keep the audience enamored of his
Bobby Strong. Lauren Westendorf crafts a believable Little
Sally and has a pleasing mellow voice. Thank you students for entertaining us!