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Thursday quote: “When darkness surrounds you and you lose your way, you have your own compass that turns night to day. And it’s even with you before you depart, be still, hear it beating, it’s leading you, follow your heart” From the song “Follow your heart” – Urinetown –

Your body is covered with dirty old rags. Your stomach is rumbling and you have not had a proper glass of water in years. You have no roof over your head and daily you are standing in front of Public amenity #9 begging for a penny to be able to pee. While you are stripped of your humanity and privacy and have to pay to use public restrooms, the wealthy are sitting in their fancy suits and rolling in money with no care in the world. This is the story of Urinetown the musical. Law and order, poverty, class, understanding, and love are some of the many themes expressed in this comedic romp.

Directed by Helen Murray, choreographed by Sandra Atkinson, and musically directed by Marika Countouris, Urinetown comes to life through the students of Montgomery College. If you are a theater fanatic and appreciate the arts you should come and see the show.

There are no words to express the thrill and excitement that comes from watching a story come to life right in front of you. The live orchestra leading the musical, the actors singing their hearts out, the cast dancing to the beat of the music, the lights setting the atmosphere and the sweat flying off the stage is something you can only experience in that moment you sit as an audience member in the theater. And none of the magic would be possible without the hard working crew members backstage from the stage manager to the costume crew. We thank you all.

Here is an introduction to the cast members who have worked day and night to learn their lines and bring the characters to life.

Lockstock                                                                                    Gordy Anson

Barrel                                                                                           Nicholas Smith

Pennywise                                                                                   Skye Knight

Caldwell B. Caldwell                                                                  Geraden Ward

Bobby Strong                                                                              Edwin Santiago

Hope Cladwell                                                                            Michaela Obro-Ababio

Little Sally                                                                                    Amanda Gamage

Hot blades/Old man strong                                                     Damon Lue-Maxwell

Little Becky/Mrs. Millenium                                                    Ruth Diaz

Josephine/Old woman                                                             Leah Windley

Soupy Sue                                                                                   Eugénie Collett

McQueen/Fipp                                                                          Paul Inadji-Moudoki

Tiny Tom                                                                                    Lenox Kamara

Hidalgo Jane/UGC Executive                                                 Maddiie Valikhovskaya

 

Whether you are a student, staff, faculty, parent, family member, friend or a stranger to Montgomery College please come and support our theater department and listen to that voice inside your head telling you to come and see an AWESOME show with dedicated and energetic actors and crew members. It is a light-hearted, funny and smart play with witty music and entertaining dances.

And because I care so much about you and your cultural welfare, I have the dates and times written down for you. There are only 2 more chances to come and see it so don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

Date and time: Friday October 13 at 8 pm

                              Saturday October 14 at 2 pm

Place: Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center on the Rockville campus (Next to the Welcome Center)

Parking is available in front of the theater or the area next to it.

Tickets can be bought online http://mcblogs.montgomerycollege.edu/reppac/urinetown/ or at the front box office.

To tickle your earbuds and get you excited to go and see the show here is a link to one of the songs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMf7sB9-5E0

Welcome to Urinetown

Madlene Nel

One part student and one part friend, two parts explorer and four parts drama queen. When you put it all together you’d have a nice apple pie and I just made myself very hungry.

My name is Maddie and I am from South Africa. I have been privileged enough to be able to experience the American culture and get to know a variety of amazing people living here. I enjoy travelling and discovering new places but above all I love meeting new people and learning about their culture while sharing mine as well.

In my free time I enjoy reading a good book or two and of course I am addicted to Netflix (Not my fault . . . it’s those 10 seconds they give you to choose whether you want to go on with the show or stop and I seem to miss clicking the stop button every time). I love writing songs and performing in front of others. Over the weekend I like hanging out with my friends, going to see theatre performances and discovering new places to hike, eat or just to have fun.

 I am majoring in Performance Theatre and want to pursue a career in Musical Theatre.

I am excited to share my college experience with you and I hope you enjoy this journey with me.

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