Joe Williams, a senior that received his desired role as Officer Lockstock, thinks, “It’s going to be a really enjoyed play… It’s going to be humorous, and people are going to love to watch it.”
Adriana Rodriguez, junior, got a lead role in the upcoming production. She got the character by the name of Hope Cladwell, and she wanted to be involved with this play because “I’ve always been involved with drama and I love to do it.” This isn’t Adriana’s first lead; she’s had “a couple of others” along with 4 or 5 years of acting. In regards to this play though, she thinks its “unusual, but it’s more clever and interesting then it seems.”
Mrs. Paladino, who’s been directing plays at mesa for 8 years, chose the play because, “It's a little 'darker' than shows we've done in the past and that appealed to me. It is however extremely funny! It is a hilarious satire on the conventions of musical theatre – where no one is safe from scrutiny.”
Just like any other play, they’re hoping for a large turnout. Musicals are very expensive to produce, over 8,000$, and they do depend on ticket sales.
Finally, in regards to those who didn’t get the parts they wanted, Mrs. Paladino said “In casting a play or musical, you can NEVER please everyone. When 20 people are auditioning for just one part, it is a given that 19 people will be hurt or upset. It's just the nature of theater. I do try to cast as many as I can and give students a chance to stretch and grow as performers. (Our theater is not large, so we can't fit more that about 35 actors on the stage.) Everyone, of course, wants a big part, but in order to have a successful show, we need to have a strong 'ensemble'. My hope is that once we start rehearsals, the actors will see how important each part is. There is a saying in theater…'There are no small parts, only small actors'. Meaning, whatever part you have, make it the very best it can be, and it will be a rewarding experience for all!”
Urinetown overall is a unique satire of populism, capitalism, social irresponsibility, and municipal politics; one which our theater will welcome, as will the students, and hopefully, the administration.