24 Mar To Pee Or Not To Pee: A Review Of Urinetown
Last Friday, grade 11 went to see Woodstock School’s musical, Urinetown.
Urinetown is a spoof on Our Town, and is about a post-apocalyptic world where people must pay to go to the bathroom because of water shortages. With witty dialogue, the perfect amount of satire, and catchy songs, Urinetown was a huge success with plenty of laughs.
Even before the actors came on stage, the set was one of the most elaborate and beautifully constructed sets I have ever seen. I know that the set crew spent an enormous amount of time to make sure that it looked perfect.
As an actress myself, I was impressed by the talented singers that graced the stage.
This year, a very talented freshman, Sonam Lhanzin played Hope Cladwell, the lead actress in the musical. She did a wonderful job in both acting and singing; Woodstock is lucky to have her for more years of musicals.
Senior, Duc Ngo played Bobby Strong, the lead male role of Urinetown. With his wonderfully trained voice, Ngo was able to swoon the audience, and his lover, Hope Cladwell. As he lead the revolution, the audience was star stuck, and when he was thrown from the building, the audience was horrified.
Rishi Thomas, a sophomore this year, played Caldwell B. Cladwell, the corrupt businessman who runs the UGC (Urine Good Company). He played the tough and calloused character extremely well, and he never failed to miss a note in his singing. Often, people refer to Thomas’s voice as having a Frank Sinatra type tone; to say the least, it was a pleasure to listen when it was his turn to take the stage.
In addition, Michael Wiggins played Officer Lockstock, a buff police man with a kind heart, but strict orders to follow. He also provided a laugh for the audience as a comedic relief to the otherwise heavy load of a revolution happening onstage. This will be Wiggins’ last year at Woodstock, as he is a senior this year.
Hope Wright was a knockout playing Penelope Pennywise, a shrewd and crude manager of UGC. Her hilarious sexual tension with Caldwell caused quite the uproar among the audience, and her sassy attitude mixed perfectly with her powerful voice. Needless to say, Wright took the stage by storm.
Last but not least, is the lovely Ein Jung who played Little Sally. Jung was able to do a stupendous job playing the hopelessly innocent little girl, which prompted many laughs when paired with the contrasting character of Officer Lockstock. In addition, Jung was able to produce tears from the audience as she sang about Bobby’s death.
Urinetown was a delight to watch. I can only imagine what it was like to be backstage with such a wonderful cast. Woodstock will dearly miss all of the seniors that were in the cast this year. What a talented group of people!