By Marina Renton
The Andover High School Drama Guild brings the satirical musical Urinetown to the Collins Center November 15, 16, 17, and 18. Performances are at 7:30 on the 15, 16, and 17, and at 2:00 on the 18.
Director Ms. Choquette describes the musical as a “‘head show’ — clever, intelligent. It pokes fun at the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics.”
Vocal coach Jennifer D’Onofrio characterizes the score as “eclectic”: it encompasses many musical styles, from “traditional musical theatre, jazz and operetta…Musical theatre fans may hear songs that remind them of Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Sweeney Todd.”
Ms. Choquette feels that while Urinetown “does not have the name recognition that a show like Fiddler on the Roof or West Side Story has,” according to Ms. Choquette, it is sure to please.
“I hope adults both young and old will enjoy this musical. Even elementary students will get something out of it but they will appreciate it on a different level — the singing, the dancing, the silly humor will appeal to all ages.”
“I would encourage everyone to come and see this show. I believe they will be surprised at how much they enjoy it,” she concluded.
Stage photos by Jacavanco Photography. Actor head shots by Jacavanco Photography.
Not pictured: Angelina Ford, Mia Gominho, Cassie Kobelski, Carter Letsky, Conor Meehan.