By: Evan Margolis '08
The Beth Tfiloh Community Theater presents the fun, edgy comedy Urinetown: the Musical on August 19 at 2:00 pm, and August 21, & 22 at 7:00 pm in the H. Morton Rosen Arts Center, located at 3300 Old Court Road in Pikesville, Maryland.
In its fourth season, the Beth Tfiloh Community Theater (BTCT) will once again delight audiences with big laughs, slick choreography, and catchy tunes.
In what started out as a BT alumni theater group, the BTCT quickly transformed into an inclusive community theater troupe. The company, directed by community theater legend and Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s production director Diane Smith, boasts a healthy combination of Beth Tfiloh alumni, family, and Baltimore theater veterans.
“There's so much talent here that I hadn't yet been exposed to doing theater at other Baltimore venues,” says BTCT member Cheryl J. Campo, who has been lighting up rehearsals with her powerful voice and bright personality.
Cappie-award winning performer and Beth Tfiloh Dahan High School alum Ellie Goldenberg has been a staple of the BTCT since the beginning. But even for this Israel-bound star, the BTCT hosts a uniquely warm and often-times hilarious backstage experience: “Everyone's energy and sense of humor make for an entertaining production process that always promises a fabulous show!”
Urinetown will feature a full set, designed and created by local artists. “Transforming a plain stage into something mystical and exotic is one of the most magical things,” says Yaki W., a Beth Tfiloh senior, company member, and scenic artist.
Nominated for nine Tony awards and winner of three (including Best Original Score), Urinetown is a satirical tale of greed, love, and revolution that takes the audience on an outrageous adventure through a world where water is worth its weight in gold. Based on the book by Greg Kotis and featuring music by Mark Hollmann, Urinetown parodies just about everything... including musical theater!
The show’s exciting premise, combined with classic song and dance numbers like “Run, Freedom, Run,” had the New York Times describing it as “simply the most gripping and galvanizing theater experience.” Listed as the 13th funniest musical ever by Entertainment Weekly, Urinetown has kept audiences in stitches since its debut in 2001. And still, at the heart of Urinetown lies a poignant message, delivered through a touching romance.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for all performances are $10 for general admission, and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Beth Tfiloh Arts Department at 410-413-2436 or by emailing your name, the date of the show, and the number of tickets to: BTCommunityTheater@gmail.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.
> Watch a preview of Urinetown: the Musical from the 56th Annual Tony Awards.