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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • “Urinetown” now showing in New Rockford

  • The Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts is set to launch its first show of the summer, the comedy musical Urinetown, on Thursday, June 28. The show will run for seven weeks at the newly-renovated Old Church Theatre in New Rockford.


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  • The Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts is set to launch its first show of the summer, the comedy musical Urinetown, on Thursday, June 28. The show will run for seven weeks at the newly-renovated Old Church Theatre in New Rockford.
    Urinetown is a story about a town hit by a terrible decades-long drought and subsequent extreme water shortage, causing the authorities and along with corporate mogul Caldwell B. Cladwell to restrict and charge for the privilege of using restroom facilities.
    After a corrupt and unfair fee hike, everyman Bobby Strong begins a “pee-for-free rebellion” to free the poor from the tyranny of the authorities.
     The satirical show includes blasts against the legal system, capitalism, corporate corruption, social irresponsibility, and even the standard format of Broadway musicals. Comedy, song, dance, ethics, and real social politics blend with an intense love story in this remarkable show.
    Deb Belquist directs DPRCA’s production, with choreography by Patrick Kasper, musical direction by Annette Hovey, set design by Jared Kolles and sound engineering by Mark Brown.   
    “This is the largest cast that we have had on the stage at The Opera House or Old Church Theatre,” says Belquist.  “Urinetown has a great variety of music styles and great ensemble musical numbers that this cast and band handles with great skill .”
    Urinetown will run at the Old Church Theatre every night from June 28-July 1, July 3-5, and then Sundays through Thursdays from July 8 Aug 12. Sunday matinee performances begin at 2:30 pm, all other evenings run at 7:30 pm.  July 4th performance will be at 2:30 pm and Sunday, August 5th will be at 7:30.
    Tickets for Urinetown are $22 and may be purchased online at www.dprca.com or by calling the box office at 701-947-2174. Volunteers, members, advertisers, and performers are always needed and welcome.

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