Urinetown, The Musical opened Wednesday, Jan. 28 and ran for four amazing shows at the Bishop Strachan School theatre. It was a joint production of Upper Canada College, The York School and BSS.
So, what is Urinetown? It’s a satire of various musicals, where a futuristic dictator demands levies from his people to pee, due to an ecological catastrophe and resultant water shortage. The show touches on themes such as the nature of power, revolution and corporate control.
Under the brilliant direction of BSS’s Alice Barnett, the 26-member cast entertained the audience with superb acting, beautiful songs and wonderful choreography. A live band accompanying the show made it even more spectacular.
IB2 student and creativity steward David Cash impressed the audience with both powerful vocals and acting as he portrayed the hero, Bobby Strong, a toilet cleaner who leads the revolution. Jake Roseman owned the role of the archvillain Caldwell B. Cladwell with his high level of intensity on stage. Theo Iordache and Nathan McLean as Mr. McQueen and Senator Fipp convincingly played their roles as Cladwell’s menacing business and political sidekicks. Benji McLean, as both Old Man Strong and Billy Boy Bill, used his “strong” voice to show that it’s a privilege to pee. Rounding out the ensemble were Luciano Cesta and Mark Debono as Tiny Tom and Robby the Stockfish respectively, both of whom powerfully helped lead the charge in the revolution.
Flynn Tanner was brilliant on the drums and Seyon Rajadurai kept the show together as assistant stage Manager. These two, along with Paul Zaki, also did an incredible job putting together the intricate sets as part of the set-design team.
The entire ensemble of BSS girls, TYS and UCC students all danced and sang their hearts out in what was truly a wonderful show. And after the audience left, they had a new appreciation of what a privilege it is to pee.
– The Arts Booster Club