The WMU Theatre Department’s production of “Urinetown: The Musical” opened on Friday night, thrilling and captivating the audience, including myself, with its debut. The mixture of song, dance, acting, and comedy made for a perfect mix of action for the senses.
The Agularian singing of Meghan Corbett as Penelope Pennywise and Allie Ruppert as Hope Cladwell gave me goosebumps and brought looks of astonishment and admiration to the patrons sitting around me.
The well-choreographed dance numbers made my heart pound and kept my eyes busy the entire time. Some dances were comprised of just a handful of people while others involved the entire cast, utilizing every foot of the stage to give the biggest show possible.
The acting between the singing and dancing was certainly humorous. Laugh-out-loud funny moments created with dry humor, wise cracks, and facial expressions permeated the show outside all of the song and dance.
Jack Doherty’s performance as Officer Lockstock stood out the most to me, along with Molly Hill as Little Sally. Jack’s deep booming voice, tall stature, and quick-witted humor alongside Molly’s wise cracks, small stature, and high pitched child -like voice made for a perfect duo of narrators.
The show was more than just fun and games, though, as a much stronger message was being conveyed to the audience between the humor and the dancing.
The musical poked fun at topics such as cost of education, populism, the legal system, and corporate mismanagement in a tongue-in-cheek manner, yet it never trivialized these things, letting the audience know just how important it is to keep issues such as these in mind when going about their daily lives.
“Urinetown: The Musical” was filled with happiness, sadness, realism, humor, singing, dancing, and a deeper message than what’s on the surface. The entire cast killed every aspect of this production, and I’m personally looking forward to seeing what the WMU Theatre Department has in store for the future.