Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Butler Theatre Presents “Urinetown: The Musical”

El Dorado, KS- Butler Community College Theatre will present “Urinetown: The Musical” with book and lyrics by Greg Kotis and music and lyrics by Mark Hollman, Thursday, April 16, Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 pm and a matinee performance Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 pm in the College Theatre on the El Dorado campus.

“Urinetown: The Musical” is part satire, part spoof, part love story, and part musical comedy. The musical takes a self-reflective look at a Gotham-like world in the near-future where, because of a 20-year drought, residents are forced to pay to use public toilets and private urination is prohibited. In this world two idealists meet, fall in love, and foment revolution. “Urinetown: The Musical” is a three-time Tony Award winner featuring a wide array of songs including witty ballads, rousing marches, upbeat jazz songs, and clap-worthy gospel-style numbers.

The cast features Ari Chandler of Augusta as Hope Cladwell, Daniel Nelson of Hillsboro as Bobby Strong, Daniel Reep of Maize as Caldwell B. Cladwell, Kevin David Norfleet of Wichita as Officer Lockstock. Other cast members include: Brandon McKinney of Wichita as Officer Barrel, Christy Collins of Valley Center as Little Sally, Angie Thompson of Augusta as Penelope Pennywise, Haylee Couey of Wichita as Josephine “Ma” Strong, Andrew Meaders of St. John as Joseph “Old Man” Strong, Keith Renteria of Emporia as Mr. McQueen, Tyler Isbell of Wichita as Senator Fipp, Joshua Harris of Wichita as Hot Blades Harry, Brooklyn Hamilton of El Dorado as Little Becky Two-Shoes, Eileen Price of Minneapolis as Soupy Sue, Tarah Pearson of Emporia as Mrs. Millenium, Valen Pray of Augusta as Dr. Billeaux, Alli McCoy of Andover as Mr. Cladwell’s Secretary, Joey Defore of Arkansas City as Billy Boy Bill, Donte Ross of Wichita as Tiny Tom, Sierra Ardanche of Andover as Old Woman. Various roles are played by Cassidy Puderbaugh of Coldwater, Jay Dee Schafers of Marion, Cole Fields of Junction City, and Heather Burger of Argonia.

Bernie Wonsetler of the theatre faculty is the scenic and lighting designer, Matthew Udland of the music faculty is the music director, and Henry Waters of the music faculty is the choreographer. Sophomore Nikiya Green of Wichita and freshman Tad Gilbert are the stage managers.

“This smart high-energy musical will make you think and make you laugh,” said director and costume designer Samuel Sparks. “We’ve assembled a great company of students who bring energy and creativity to the process.”

The Butler Fine Arts Box Office is open 1-5 pm Monday-Friday. Reservations can be made by calling 316-322-3262 or online by visiting www.butlercc.edu/boxoffice. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens.

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