Photo Flash: TYA Professional Training Program Opens URINETOWN

Drama Learning Center's professional training company for emerging young artists will present Urinetown, the Musical beginning tomorrow. Urinetown is a sidesplitting sendup of greed, love, revolution (and musicals) in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is set in a Gotham-like city where a terrible water shortage has let to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Urinetown won three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards. This musical satire with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis has stood the test of time since opening on Broadway in September 2001.

Drama Learning Center's Professional Training Company, TYA (Teaching Young Artists), presents its Spring production of Urinetown, the Musical from June 9-16, 2018 at Drama Learning Center in Columbia. A select program available by audition only, the TYA program allows students to work in a professional theatre environment as they learn about all aspects of theatrical work. TYA has a strong history of bringing cutting-edge titles to local audiences. The group has previously mounted area premieres of Cry-Baby, Hands on a Hardbody, First Date, Carrie the Musical, GHOST the Musical, 13, Legally Blonde, and High School Musical. Urinetown continues TYA's 2017-2018 season, which began with Heathers the Musical - High School Edition this past January. The season will conclude with summer musical theatre intensive performances of Junie B. Jones - the Musical in July. This production continues TYA's long-standing tradition of producing professional contemporary musical theatre.

Urinetown, the Musical is presented by permission through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Show Dates & Times:

June 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm
June 10 & 16 at 2:00 pm

Production Staff:

Director: Stephanie Lynn Williams

Music Director: Tiffany Underwood Holmes

Production Stage Manager: Lindsay Hopkins

Lighting Design: Lynn Joslin

Costume Design: Stefany Thomas

Properties Design: Alanna Slaw-Kiewe
Set Design: Maria Littlefield

Featuring TYA Company Members:

Lauren Alberg, Faith Benson, Nick Brogan, Mikayla French, Cameron Goodwin-Schoen, Elyse Johnson, Chloe King, Lauren McKenna, Naomi Muwowo, Max Nzone, Ellie Parks, Mark Quackenbush, Leah Reineck, Mary Kate Shouse, Bryan Thompson, Grace Tyson, Eli Vogel, Tristan Webster, John Woods III, Amelia Yasuda, and Luka Yetter

Tickets are on sale at www.dramalearningcenter.com or by calling 410-997-9352.
$18 in advance
$20 at the door

Drama Learning Center
9130-I Red Branch Rd.
Columbia, MD 21045

high res photos

Photo Flash: TYA Professional Training Program Opens URINETOWN
The Poor of Urinetown. Photo courtesy of Bruce F Press Photography.

Photo Flash: TYA Professional Training Program Opens URINETOWN
Viva la revolution! Photo courtesy of Bruce F Press Photography

Photo Flash: TYA Professional Training Program Opens URINETOWN
Lauren McKenna as Little Sally. Photo courtesy of Bruce F Press Photography.

Photo Flash: TYA Professional Training Program Opens URINETOWN
left to right, Nick Brogan as Bobby Strong and Grace Tyson as Hope Cladwell. Photo courtesy of Bruce F Press Photography.

Photo Flash: TYA Professional Training Program Opens URINETOWN
left to right, Mark Quackenbush as Officer Lockstock and Eli Vogel as Officer Barrel. Photo courtesy of Bruce F Press Photography.

Photo Flash: TYA Professional Training Program Opens URINETOWN
left to right, Amelia Yasuda as Senator Fipp and Bryan Thompson as Caldwell B. Cladwell. Photo courtesy of Bruce F Press Photography

Photo Flash: TYA Professional Training Program Opens URINETOWN
Lauren Alberg as Penelope Pennywise. Photo courtesy of Bruce F Press Photography.

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