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Make reservations now for Dordt theater production

October 10, 2008

Urinetown
Playing lead roles in Dordt’s fall production are Allie Thomas, Sioux Center, and Lee Radde, Cologne, MN. In this scene Allie’s character, Hope Cladwell, listens for Bobby Strong’s heart and encourages him to follow it.

The Dordt Theatre Department’s fall production offers a musical comedy with a message. With contagious humor and compelling music, the production with the unusual title, Urinetown, nudges audiences to think about how to care for God’s creation, as well as respond when the rights and privileges of individuals seem to conflict with the best interests of the larger community. The play won four Tony Awards on Broadway, including best book, best music and lyrics, and best direction.

The entertaining comedy is set in the future, where a drought of epic proportions leads corrupt city officials to conserve water by forcing people to pay for the privilege of using public restrooms (hence the title). Along the way, audiences are prodded to look beyond the humor to evaluate our way of life and search for parallels of abuse and disparity in our society.

Reservations are now being accepted for six evening performances being presented Oct. 16, 18, and Oct. 22-25, starting each night at 7:30 p.m. in the Te Paske Theatre, located at Sioux Center High School.

Students performing in the show are (Iowa) Allie Thomas, Danielle Roos, and Jason Kornelis, Sioux Center; Kenny Gradert, Ireton; Kelsey Reitsma, George; Eric Meeter, Spencer; Andrew Voss, Aplington; Becky Lancaster, Cedar Rapids; Emily Greenfield, Kamrar; Emily Stam, Oskaloosa; Kendra Schiebout and Joel Schiebout, Pella; Clarissa Laverman, Sully; (Minnesota) Lee Radde and Leah Radde, Cologne; Grace Schmidt, Vadnais Heights; (South Dakota) Nick Engbers, Sioux Falls; (Nebraska) Thadd Harrington, Lincoln; (Michigan) Kaylee Engelsman, Hudsonville; Zack Eggebeen, Sheboygan; (Wisconsin) Jonathan Posthuma, Brandon; Nick Van Ee, Fox Lake; (Illinois) Laura MacMillan, Elmhurst; (Missouri) Jon Trueblood, St. Louis; (Colorado) Emily Hageman, Highlands Ranch; Matt Wiersma, Fort Collins; (Arizona) Matt Turner, Mesa; Mark Bylenga, Tucson; (Montana) Josh Wynia, Manhattan; (Canada) Jenna Veenbaas, Abbotsford, BC; Michaela Groot, Houston, BC; and Rachel Van Essen, Mitchell, ON.

Ticket prices are $10/12 for adults, $6/8 for K-12, and $5 for Dordt students. The production may not be suitable for children under the age of 10. For reserved seating call the box office at 722-6430 (Monday-Thursday 3-5 and 7-9; Friday 3-5 p.m.) or reserve tickets on-line.

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