While the name may be a little daunting, the Coolum Theatre Players’ production of Urinetown – the musical enthralled audiences at its’ Sunshine Coast debut over the weekend.
The 2002 Tony Award winning musical was last seen at Brisbane’s Schonell Theatre in August and opened at the Coolum Civic Centre on Friday night, with a further two performances staged over the weekend.
Directed by Linda Gefken, Urinetown is a musical spoof of a mythical town of the future where water is so scarce that private ‘pee-ing’ has been outlawed and global corporations rule with an iron fist.
Although not classed as a comedy, there are plenty of belly laughs to be had as the tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution unfolds when a dreadful water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, leads to a government-enforced ban on private toilets.
The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs.
Amid the people of the Gotham-like Urinetown, a hero rises who decides he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.
Director and accomplished musician, Linda Gefken recently moved from Perth to the Sunshine Coast and was keen to be involved with the community-minded Coolum Theatre Players after catching their production of Flying Feathers earlier this year.
“Urinetown is a full-on musical and the cast has been well tutored by the experienced Director,” Coolum Theatre Players’ President Julia Loaney said. “13 of the 16 cast members are new to Coolum and for some; it is their first time on stage.
“Linda has taken on a mighty task; from an award-winning production starring Rhonda Burchmore, David Campbell and Lisa McClune, to a cast of relative newbies performing in this full-blown musical ensemble – and she’s pulled it all together in just 12 weeks!”
As well as entertaining the masses, the show has a more serious side. Local businesses have donated raffle prizes, and funds raised from the proceeds of ticket sales at each performance will aid the Kidney Support Network on the Sunshine Coast.
It’s a little known fact that more than 50 Australians die each day from Kidney related disease and each year, the Kidney Support Network raises public awareness of the seriousness of kidney disease as well as providing support services to dialysis and transplant patients.
Urinetown – the musical continues with a further three shows at Coolum Civic Centre on Friday November 9 and Saturday November 10 at 7.30pm, and a matinee performance on Sunday November 11 at 2pm.
It’s worth ‘spending a penny’ to see this one! For bookings and further details, visit www.coolum.com.au/theatre or phone North Shore Realty on 5446 2500.