Second show of the Old Courthouse Theater’s 47th season for this weekend in Concord

Posted at 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2022

CONCORD — The second show of the Old Courthouse Theater’s 47th season includes a journey into the mythical world of Urinetown. Not the place, of course, the musical. What could this oddly titled musical be about, you might be wondering. The show, set in the not-too-distant future, is the story of a group of revolutionaries (led by Bobby Strong (Lohmar) who are fed up with the unjust law that prohibits all free urination.

With the shadow of punishment and the mysterious “Urinetown” hanging over their heads, the brave members of this group finally challenge the Urine Good Company and megalomaniac Caldwell B. Cladwell (Tom Schrachta). Dusted with revolution, there is of course a love story between star-crossed lovers, Hope (Hilary Powell) – who happens to be Cladwell’s daughter – and Bobby. Certainly, this musical should not work on stage. It ultimately triumphs, however, with witty, smart, fast-paced dialogue and a score that has some humbling, inspiring songs.

An entertaining and different story that will leave you inspired.

Andy Rassler is artistic director of Urinetown and leads a production team that brought the show to the stage. Laurie Klaus is musical director, Sharlie Duncan choreographed the musical numbers and Cheryl Opel is stage manager. Freda Linker designed the costumes and Chris Barcroft is the lighting designer. The cast is made up of Kaeleb Stilwell, Rachel Abbatiello, Ella Wood, Herchelle Smith, Matt Smith, Anna Gross, McKenzie McGee, Matthew Monté, Zane Rassler and Thomas Gushlaw.

Urinetown performances continue October 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 23 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at or at the box office before showtime. The Old Courthouse Theater is located at 49 Spring St. NW, Concord.

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