Abbey Marshall | Staff Writer
“Urinetown”: what a wonderful ex(pee)rience!
This past weekend, the spring musical came to life in the Mason High School Auditorium. The show focused on a revolution started by Bobby Strong protesting a fee to pay to use public restrooms during a major drought.
According to sophomore Cara Severson, who played Hope Cladwell in the production, this has been one her favorite shows so far.
“I think it went really well,” Severson said. “I think it’s one of the best productions from what I’ve seen that Mason Drama Club has put on.”
The months of stress and rehearing finally paid off once the actors set foot on stage opening night Thursday, according to Severson.
“Even though tech week is really stressful, the most rewarding thing is seeing the audience react and finally when you get on stage and you don’t even have to think about it anymore; it’s natural,” Severson said. “That’s what’s most rewarding.”
According to junior Dillon Drozdz, otherwise known as Bobby Strong in “Urinetown”, the production got a lot of fantastic reviews from their audience.
“We had a lot of positive feedback,” Drozdz said. “Because the show has such a weird title, we didn’t maybe have as big of a turnout as, say, West Side Story, but of the people that did show up, they said it was one of their favorites they’ve ever seen in high school.”
The audience might’ve been skeptical of the title at first, but they quickly changed their minds after witnessing the performance, according to Severson.
“When people think of ‘Urinetown’, they think, ‘That’s going to be weird’, but when they come see it, [they see] the themes of hope and rebellion,” Severson said. “I think it’s really special to see how in a show that’s really weird, it can have a positive message. That was special.”
“Urinetown” took the actors to new heights in their performing careers, according to Drozdz.
“It’s the first time I’ve been stretched that far, not only vocally, but acting-wise,” Drozdz said. “Just in terms of everything, it’s the first time I’ve ever had to sing that high and it’s my first lead in the musical.”
The experience in “Urinetown” is not one that the cast and crew will soon forget, according to Severson.
“I just feel blessed to be given this opportunity and hopefully for the next seasons to come we’ll do good shows too,” Severson said.