‘Urinetown’ actors poke fun at dramatic musicals

By Claire Buchanan

The Stage Coach Players’ “Urinetown: The Musical” tells a story about hope, justice and bathrooms.

The show, which premiered Thursday, will run Thursdays through Sundays until Sept. 21 at Stage Coach Players, 126 S. Fifth St.

“Urinetown” is about citizens who must pay a fee in order to use the bathroom. The satirical musical pokes fun at government, corporations and even musicals.

“Urinetown” director Craig Gustafson came to DeKalb specifically to direct this musical.

“I came because I love this show,” Gustafson said. “I’ve wanted to do it for a long time … . It’s a really funny show. It’s not a typical musical. It frowns on typical musicals.”

Under Gustafson’s direction, the cast “had fun” with the show and bringing it to the community, said Cameron Harms, 27, of Genoa, who plays Mr. McQueen.

“It was a lot of hard work, but at the same time so rewarding to hear the laughter and to hear people’s compliments after the show,” Harms said.

Some audience members laughed as the cast often broke the fourth wall to speak about the musical. Beginning when the narrator explains this musical takes place in a town “like any town you might see in a musical,” the cast satirizes how dramatic and predictable musicals can be.

“I’ve seen the show once before, but the way the other company put it on was a little bit depressing,” said Natasha Sansone, 26, of Berwyn. “But tonight, they found a way to make it extremely hilarious. It’s obvious from the beginning that the show was written to make a little bit of fun of musicals.”