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Wofford Pulp Theatre to present ‘Urinetown: The Musical’

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2011-01-21

Student Interim performance for mature young adults

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Under the direction of senior theatre major Victoria Vaughn, students in the Pulp Theatre troupe are taking on all of the responsibilities of producing a musical, "Urinetown: The Musical," for Interim – and they’ve only given themselves three weeks to complete the task.

This is the fourth year Pulp Theatre has undertaken this responsibility. Since its debut in 2008, the student-led group has presented productions of “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Reefer Madness,” and “Flight of the Lawn Chair Man.” The group has enjoyed sold-out runs of each show.

Vaughn, of North Charleston, S.C., was a part of the first Pulp Theatre production, and says she is amazed at how the organization has grown. “I clearly remember, as a freshman, never quite thinking we were could really make this happen and yet knowing that failure wasn’t an option. It started with a joke, a ‘what if we could do this’ and somehow, despite Murphy’s Law, we got it done,” she says.

This year, the group has taken on the musically complicated and darkly hysterical hit “Urinetown.” The show is set in a Gotham-like, grunge city during a 20-year drought. The water shortage has led to a government ban on private toilets. The malevolent company that regulates the use of toilets begins to charge the citizens. Finally, a hero leads the citizens to freedom. This tale of love, revolution and greed will bring you laughter and joy through dark satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny.

Vaughn has an even greater respect for the organization now that she is serving as the director for “Urinetown.” “Now, I look on as a director and fully realize that producing, directing, designing and rehearsing a show in three weeks is in fact insane, and yet wonderfully fulfilling. The fact that we come together as a group of students, most of whom didn’t know each other at all when we started, and create an amazing and entertaining piece of theatre worthy of a public audience is pretty breathtaking.”

“Urinetown” is geared toward a mature young adult audience, but all are welcome. Show times and dates are 8 p.m. nightly on Thursday, Jan. 27; Friday, Jan. 28; and Saturday, Jan. 29; and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30.

Tickets are $5 for all students and $12 for adults. Advance tickets are available at www.wofford.edu/theatre and performance-day tickets will be on sale at the Tony White Theatre a half-hour before show time. Tony White Theatre is located in the Campus Life Building on Wofford’s campus.

For more information, contact Victoria Vaughn at 843-276-7987 or vaughnvh@email.wofford.edu.

For ticket information, call the box office at 864-597-4080, or visit the Wofford Theatre Web site at www.wofford.edu/theatre.