A 2024 Spring Production
MainStage Production (For ages 13-17 year olds)
Intro. Day: Saturday Feb. 10th & Sunday Feb. 11th
Auditions: Tuesday February 13th
Callbacks: Thursday February 15th
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-6:30pm
April 26-May 4th, 2024
Prepare 24-32 measures vocal audition
Bring Sheet music in your key
Ensure full accompaniment parts included for piano
Sundays & Tuesdays
We will be at the All About Theatre Studio, 325 Washington Street, Santa Cruz.
We will be at the LNCC - London Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz.
A terrible water shortage has crippled the Gotham-like town that serves as the setting for Urinetown. In a mad attempt to regulate water consumption, the government has outlawed the use of private toilets. The citizenry must use public, pay-for-use amenities owned and operated by the corrupt and iron-fisted Caldwell B. Cladwell. The privilege to pee is expensive, draining and dangerous. Anyone who refuses to pay to pee is immediately and without question hauled off to Urinetown. What is Urinetown? Nobody knows, for those who are sent there are never heard from again. But it's really a love story and there's a revolution all before the end of Act I. Will the revolution succeed? Can true love be found in Urinetown? All these questions and more are answered in Urinetown.
We begin at the poorest, filthiest urinal in town. Officer Lockstock, a policeman, enters and surveys the scene. He greets the audience. Penelope Pennywise and Bobby Strong enter, discussing the Old So-and-so who was recently carted off to Urinetown. Lockstock tells the audience that Urinetown, itself, is a mythical place that they won't see until Act II, but Urinetown, the musical, is starting now. Little Sally enters and she and Lockstock discuss the dangers of too much exposition in a show. They then proceed to explain that there is a water shortage and public bathrooms have been replaced by private toilets. The fee to use these public bathrooms is controlled by a private company, the Urine Good Company, that keeps prices high. Since using the bushes is illegal, Little Sally counts her pennies in hopes of using the urinal ("Urinetown").
An ingénue type named Hope enters, looking for the Urine Good Company. Bobby directs her towards the gleaming tower on a distant hill. They have a moment. Bobby's pa, Old Man Strong, doesn't have enough money for the fee. He begs Bobby to let him go for free. Penny, however, will have none of it. After 20 years of drought, everyone has to make sacrifices ("It's a Privilege to Pee"). Old Man Strong can't take it anymore and intends to use a wall to relieve himself. Lockstock and his partner, Barrel, remind him that breaking the Public Health Act is an exiling offense, and Old Man Strong is dragged off to Urinetown ("It's a Privilege to Pee – Lockstock's Reprise").
The scene moves to the executive offices of the Urine Good Company. Caldwell B. Cladwell, the president of the UGC and resident villain, is in a meeting. Cladwell is convinced that new fee hikes will breeze through the legislature, while Senator Fipp thinks that there will be unrest if it does. Hope enters. It turns out that she is Cladwell's daughter, back from university. She is also her father's new fax/copy girl. Cladwell insists that she say a few words, so she makes a speech that praises the company. Cladwell interjects and his fellow execs praise him ("Mr. Cladwell").
Later that evening, Officers Lockstock and Barrel run into Little Sally counting her pennies. Lockstock gives her a coin and ushers her home. When she leaves, the officers discuss being exiled to Urinetown and reminisce about other Urinetown victims ("Cop Song"). Hope enters after a long day of faxing and copying and runs into Bobby, who is still smarting from the removal of his father. Bobby is feeling cold and empty because he didn't help his father, and Hope suggests that he listen to his heart. He doesn't realize that he has a heart, nor does he know how to listen to it. She teaches him ("Follow Your Heart"). They say goodnight and kiss.
Lockstock and Little Sally appear, seemingly out of nowhere; she asks Lockstock if Hope loves Bobby, and Lockstock confirms that she does – he's the hero... she has to love him. Little Sally then asks about Urinetown. Lockstock still can't tell her but does slip and reveals there is actually no "Urinetown." They just kill people. The two depart as the next scene begins.
The next morning, new fee hikes are announced, much to the anguish of the poor citizens. Bobby arrives at work after a long night of thinking about what happened to his father. He wonders if the law is wrong. Penny tells Bobby to get his head out of the clouds. Bobby, however, dreams of a beautiful world where everyone is free. Despite Penny's protests, Bobby let's everyone, including his mother, into the urinal for free ("Look to the Sky").
In the offices of UGC, Cladwell congratulates Fipp on the passage of the new legislation. Penny enters and tells Cladwell that there is rioting at her amenity, and that Bobby Strong is letting people pee for free. Cladwell wants to crush the rebellion, but Hope suggests that her father listen to Bobby's heart. She thinks that life should be beautiful, but Cladwell explains that life is a beating – you either beat or get beaten ("Don't Be the Bunny")
Back at the poorest, filthiest urinal in town, Little Sally asks Lockstock what is happening while Bobby lets the masses into the urinal. Lockstock informs her and the audience that it is the Act One finale, where Cladwell arrives to snuff out the uprising! During the hubbub, Bobby and Hope have a moment where they confront the lies and misconceptions. Cladwell then warns that Bobby's rush for freedom will have dangerous consequences, but Bobby doesn't care. In order to ensure their escape, the rebels kidnap Hope and run off ("Act 1 Finale").
The second act begins with the rebels holed up in a secret hideout – identified by an indiscreet sign – where they have Hope tied up. As they anxiously await Bobby's return, they theorize about where Urinetown actually is. Simultaneously, Cladwell and his henchman, Bobby, and Little Sally each theorize what Urinetown is with the audience. The verdict: Urinetown is your town if you're hopeless, down and out ("What Is Urinetown?")
Inside the hideout, the rebels wonder what to do with their hostage, Hope. They want to take out all of their anger and frustration on her and kill her ("Snuff That Girl"). Bobby appears and reminds them that the purpose of their revolution was to ensure that no man or woman could be denied their essential humanity due to the condition of their pocketbook ("Run, Freedom, Run"). Penny then arrives. She tells Bobby that Cladwell wants his amenities up and working and is willing to discuss a solution. He agrees, much to the gang's skepticism. Hope is left with the rebels as collateral, and Bobby and Penny leave for the meeting. Before he goes, he tells Hope to look for the answer to their problems in her heart. She tries ("Follow Your Heart – Reprise").
Later, at the offices of Urine Good Company, Cladwell meets with Bobby. He proposes an offer to Bobby: a load of cash and full amnesty to all of those involved, in exchange for an end to his rebellion and agreement of returning to the improved fee schedule. Bobby refuses the cash and tells Cladwell that all he wants is free access to the amenities for all. Bobby's wish will not be granted, and Cladwell has him sent to Urinetown, even if it has dire consequences for Hope. Realizing how ruthless Cladwell actually is, Penny and Fipp wonder if he is worthy of the trust that they put in him ("Why Did I Listen to That Man?"). Lockstock and Barell take Bobby to the top of the UGC building roof – it turns out that "Urinetown" really is just death. Without hesitation, they hurl Bobby off the building... to his untimely death.
Back at the secret hideout, Little Sally informs the rebels that she saw Bobby being thrown off a building, and that his last words were that he loved Hope. With help from Bobby's ghost, Little Sally tells Hope and the rebels that they must fight for what they know is right ("Tell Her I Love Her"). In a fit of rage, the rebels decide that they must kill Hope as revenge for Bobby's death, but Penny – who turns out to be Hope's mother – offers her life instead. Hope, in seeing Penny's reform, realizes that, if she can change, maybe Urinetown can change. She tells the rebels that, if they kill her, they kill the rebellion. However, if they let Hope lead, they will win. The rebels agree to follow her and march towards Cladwell's headquarters. Hope confronts her father, and he tells her that love is not as important as food, water and shelter... as well as piles and piles of cash. He is promptly taken away to Urinetown ("We're Not Sorry").
Hope proceeds to declare that day a brand new day, a day of hope. Lockstock reappears, acting as a narrator, to inform the audience that Hope opened up the toilets for all. They even renamed the UGC to the Bobby Strong Memorial Toilet Authority and operated for the benefit of the public. But, as originally predicted, it wasn't long before the water disappeared all together; many died. It turns out that, despite being a tyrant, Cladwell's methods did effectively regulate water consumption. Hope's desire for the people's love caused her to abandon regulation and, in the end, the people recognized their town for what it was: Urinetown ("I See a River").
Ages 13-17 year olds
$100.00 Audition Fee
$795.00 Total Fee
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- Officer Lockstock - The tongue-in-cheek narrator of our story, he is a corrupt policeman who secretly kills off the guilty offenders. Bold, brash, and larger than life in many ways. Gender: Male Age: 35 to 55 Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: A2
- Penelope Pennywise - The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest town urinal. She is Cladwell's one-time lover and mother to Hope who eventually softens her temper. Gender: Female Age: 30 to 45 Vocal range top: C6 range bottom: A3
- Bobby Strong - The dashing, rebellious everyman who works for Miss Pennywise at the poorest, filthiest town urinal. He becomes an unsuspecting protagonist and romantic hero when he starts a revolution and falls in love with Hope Cladwell. Gender: Male Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: A2
- Little Sally - A precocious and irreverent street urchin. She serves as a quasi-narrator who often questions Lockstock and the play's logic. Gender: Female Age: 20 to 40 Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: A3
- Dr. Billeaux - Head of Research and Development at UGC. Optional Doubling as TINY TOM. Gender: Male Age: 30 to 50 Vocal range top: A3 Vocal range bottom: E3
- Mr. Mcqueen - Cladwell's sycophantic lackey. A servile assistant. Gender: Male Age: 30 to 45 Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: B2
- Senator Fipp - A greedy politician in Cladwell's pocket. A bumbling coward. Gender: Male Age: 40 to 55 Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: C#3
- Officer Barrel - Lockstock's patrol partner. A thuggish and aggressive policeman. Gender: Male Age: 30 to 50 Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: G2
- Hope Cladwell - Cladwell's ravishingly beautiful daughter, torn between her father and her new love for Bobby. She begins as an innocent, naive angel but becomes vengeful and determined after being exposed to her father's evil. Gender: Female Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: A3
- Joseph "old Man" Strong - Bobby's rebellious father. His refusal to pay the fee sends him to Urinetown, ultimately launching the revolution. Gender: Male Age: 50 to 65
- Tiny Tom - One of the Poor, he is an idiotic man-child. Gender: Male Age: 30 to 50 Vocal range top: A3 range bottom: D3
- Soupy Sue - One of the Poor, she is excitable and easily panicked. Gender: Female Age: 25 to 40 Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
- Little Becky Two-Shoes - One of the Poor. She is foul-mouthed, impulsive, and accusatory. Gender: Female Age: 20 to 40 Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
- Caldwell B. Cladwell - The evil president and owner of the Urine Good Company. He is a miserly money-grubber who gleefully exploits the poor. Gender: Male Age: 50 to 65 Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: A2
- Josephine "ma" Strong - Bobby's mother and Joseph's wife. A strong-willed woman with a bite, able to withstand the hard hand life has dealt her. Gender: Female Age: 55 to 65 Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
- Hot Blades Harry - One of the Poor, he is a psychopathic and can become a violent loose cannon. Gender: Male Age: 45 to 60 Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: A2
- Ensemble - rich with perks and opportunities. Great dancing and vocal roles as well as deep character choices
- Too Much Exposition
- It's a Privilege to Pee
- Mr. Cladwell
- Cop Song
- Follow Your Heart
- Look at the Sky
- Don't Be the Bunny
- Act One Finale
- What is Urinetown?
- Snuff That Girl
- Run, Freedom, Run
- Follow Your Heart (Reprise)
- Why Did I Listen to That Man?
- Tell Her I Love Her
- We re Not Sorry
- We're Not Sorry-Reprise
- I See a River
Parent Volunteer Hours
We need your help! This is a very rewarding part of the summer production experience - there are many roles the fit everyone's schedule and there's something for everyone..!
To make all of this magic come together, we do request that each family contribute approx. 20 hours of volunteer time (plus additional 5 hours per additional child in same production). These hours go swiftly and really provide an opportunity to connect with our other families and to build community whilst supporting the greater process and your child(ren) as well as all those in the production.
If you are unable to commit to these mandatory volunteer hours, you may buy out the load in, strike, or volunteer hours.