UNK Theatre presents ‘Urinetown’ April 17-21

Contact: Susan Deiger, theatre office associate, 308-865-8406, deigerski@unk.edu

Kearney, Neb., April 9, 2013 – The University of Nebraska at Kearney presents the musical “Urinetown” April 17-21 – a story of the value of a resource when scarce, and what happens when everyone decides enough is enough.

The performance will take place in the Miriam Drake Theatre in the UNK Fine Arts Building. The musical is April 17-21 at 7:30 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m.

“Urinetown” is a Gotham-like city where a water shortage has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. As a result, 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.

“‘Urinetown’ is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold,” said Jack Garrison, production director. “The citizenry must use public, pay-per-use amenities owned and operated by Urine Good Company, a malevolent corporation run by the corrupt Caldwell B. Cladwell.”

UNK faculty and staff involved in the play include Jack Garrison, production director; Sara Ice, costume designer; Rick Scholwin, sound designer; Kathleen Lorenzen, lighting designer; Darin Himmerich, technical director, Anne Foradori, music director; Leslie Abegglen, choreographer; and Ahna Packard, scenic designer.

Tickets are $12 for adults; $9 for non-UNK students, seniors and UNK faculty/staff; $7 for groups of 10 or more; and $3 for UNK students with a valid ID. “Urinetown’s” music and lyrics are by Mark Hollmann with book and lyrics by Greg Kotis,

The UNK theater faculty believe this production is appropriate for ages 13 and older. For reservations or more information, contact the Theater Box Office at 308-865-8417 or boxoffice@unk.edu.

The “Urinetown” cast, crew and pit orchestra, along with their roles, are listed below, by hometown.


Beatrice- Megan Decker, “Little Becky Two Shoes”

Broken Bow- Michael Crawford, tuba

Burwell- Dillon Nelson, “Officer Lockstock”

Crofton- Thomas Augustin, “Officer Barrel”

David City- Megan Buresh, “Josephine Strong”

Gothenburg- Ryan A. Ostendorf, “Senator Fipp”

Grand Island- Michael Cantrell, “Robby the Stockfish”; Patience Buck, trombone

Hastings- Makenzie Hinrichs, “Soupy Sue”/Cop

Humphrey- Molly McPhillips, Cladwell’s Secretary/Cop

Juniata- Addison Heeren, “Bobby Strong”

Kearney- Kyle Patrick Garrelts, “Dr. Billeaux”

Lincoln- Jared Flodman, “Tiny Tom”; Nate Rocke, “Hot Blades Harry”/”Old Man Strong”

Madrid- Bert Ogg, clarinet

Ogallala- Nathaniel Baldwin, “Mr. McQueen”

Omaha- Angela Wagman, “Mrs. Millenium”/Cop; Crystal Schroeder, stage manager; Jacob Fahrlander, double bass; Liz Liebermann, “Little Sally”; Madison Hoge, “Hope Cladwell”; Nate Skinner, percussion

Palisade- JoanAnn Blomstedt, “Penelope Pennywise”

Valentine- Kyle Perrett, assistant stage manager


Colorado, Burlington- Codie Milford, “Caldwell B. Cladwell”

Kansas, Overland Park- Tyler Hileman, “Billy Boy Bill”

Japan, Kyoto – Maiko Oku, soprano/ alto saxophone

The Netherlands, Delft- Steffie Hermans, assistant stage manager


-Caitlin Ostberg