Estes Park Trail Gazette – Eagle Rock performs this year’s summer musical — ‘Urinetown’ for Estes Park audiences

Eagle Rock School will once again put on a summer musical production under the stars on Thursday, July 26. Starting at 7:30 p.m., Eagle Rock School will perform the Tony Award-winning musical, “Urinetown.”

Directed by Ike Leslie, join 14 students and our very own head of school, Robert Burkhardt, for an evening filled with laughter, political satire and discussion of sustainability. Admission to the show is free and open to the public. Because the students will be performing at the outdoor amphitheater, be sure to bring blankets, chairs, and layers to ensure your comfort.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will have nightly performances July 26-28. For more information and directions, visit tinyurl.com/ERSmusical or call 970- 586-7498.

Satirizing politics, corporate corruption, legal systems, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, sustainability and water conservation through the lens of a fictitious town, “Urinetown” is sure to provoke your thoughts while it parodies musicals such as “The Cradle Will Rock” and “Les Miserables.”

Plot synopsis: Attempting to regulate the consumption of water, the use of private toilets has been outlawed in “Urinetown.” If the citizens want to use the bathroom, they must use the public, pay-per-use toilets, operated by Urine Good Company.

“Urinetown” won the following Tony Awards:

Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Musical Score, Best Direction of a Musical.

“Urinetown” was also nominated for the following Tony Awards:

Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (John Culum), Best Actress in a Musical (Nancy Opel), Best Actress in a Musical (Jennifer Laura Thompson), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Spencer Kayden), Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations.

The characters of Bobby Strong and Hope Cladwell were both included on New York Theatre Monthly’s list of “The 100 Greatest Roles in Musical Theatre.”

Eagle Rock, a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of the American Honda Education Corporation, a nonprofit subsidiary of the American Honda Motor Company, is both a school for high school-age students and a professional development center for adults, particularly educators. The school is a year-round, residential, and full-scholarship school that enrolls young people ages 15-17 from around the United States, in an innovative learning program with national recognition.

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