Teens to star in satirical comedy

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on August 22, 2020

TWO Albany teens are taking on their biggest lead roles yet in Albany Light Opera and Theatre Company’s upcoming production.

Urinetown, directed by doctor and actor Airell Hodgkinson, will star Bonnie Staude as Hope Cladwell and Hunter Ewen as Bobby Strong, and tell the tale of a town suffering drought and as a result, had all of its toilets privatised by “evil” corporations.

Hunter is honoured to be working in a musical “as great as this one”.

“It’s really challenged my skill as a singer and helped me improve my range with the help of our amazing directors,” he said.

“We’ve been working very hard in preparation for this show. It’s my favourite one yet and I can’t wait for the public to see it.”

Bonnie has embraced her lead role and said one of the best parts about performing it was sharing the stage with so many other talented people.

“A massive effort has been put in by everyone to get this show ready and we can’t wait to share it,” she said.

“Airell’s vision for this show is just spectacular, and it’s going to be a one-of-a-kind theatre experience.”

Urinetown premiered on Broadway in 2001 and won three Tony Awards.

Its music includes gospel, jazz, rhythm and swing, and drops the occasional mention to renowned musicals such as Les Miserables.

Urinetown will be played on September 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19 for various matinee and evening performances at Albany Port Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now via Paperbark Merchants instore or online at paperbarks.com.au