Poor and downtrodden Urinetown residents Jenny Fisher (left)

Poor and downtrodden Urinetown residents Jenny Fisher (left)

Urinetown: The Musical begins

Urinetown: The Musical is a wacky romp that brings some important questions about greed, revolution, and our precious resource of water.

Urinetown: The Musical is a wacky romp that brings some important questions about greed, revolution, and our precious resource of water, ironically in a satirical production spoofing other musicals.

During the final dress rehearsal Monday evening director Jay Goddard said it is the scariest play he has ever directed because there are numerous newcomers in the production who had to learn to overact, before they learned to act.

Judging by the dress rehearsal, however, he was hugely successful in selecting an ecclectic cast of intriguing characters to reflect the poor Urinetown wretches struggling against oppression by a corrupt government.

There are some really funny scenes and some great singing to go with the giggles.

If you love musicals it will be fun to pick out which scenes authors Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis are lampooning in the production.

“This is the kind of musical that someone who doesn’t like musicals can really enjoy because it makes fun of the traditional musical form,” Goddard said.

“The authors did that deliberately and the actors can have fun with it because they get to overact.”

The musical also has an incredibly interesting set. You won’t believe what the plumbing pipes are really made of.

Urinetown: The Musical begins a three week run at the Studio Theatre Wednesday.