What happens when a town faces a drought so severe that it renders even the most basic acts of human hygiene unaffordable luxuries? Such as, oh, let’s say, flushing a toilet. Baytown Little Theater’s production of Urinetown has the answer. In this jazz-infused musical, the water situation has gotten so out of hand that private toilets are an impossibility. Instead, residents must use a public toilet system operated by the Urine Good Company. Anyone who doesn’t pay to use the restroom is punished by exile to Urinetown. The situation may sound absurd, but the musical is a fun, tongue-in-cheek satire on politics and corporate power structures.
The cast of this intimate production of the Tony Award-winning musical includes both BLT veterans and newcomers to the stage. Returning actors include Ryan Martin, who plays the part of Officer Lockstock, Courtney Howard in the role of Penelope Pennywise, John Meiners as Caldwell B. Cladwell and April Gentry as Hope Cladwell. This may be community theater, but don’t expect amateur night; the eight returning BLT cast members boast a combined stage experience of more than 200 years. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Through August 19. 4328 Hugh Echols Boulevard.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: Aug. 3. Continues through Aug. 19, 2012