Coker College Theater to Present ‘Urinetown: The Musical’

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – March 29, 2011 – Coker College Theater will present six performances of “Urinetown: The Musical” next month in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center.

Performances will be held Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 10, at 2:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, April 14-15, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, April 16, at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for students and children; and free with Coker College identification.

“Urinetown: The Musical” features music by Mark Hollmann and lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis.  It debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival and was later produced off-Broadway at the American Theatre for Actors.  It opened on Broadway at Henry Miller's Theatre in 2001 and closed early in 2004, after nearly a thousand performances.

“This is a great show for our students to perform because it’s hilarious and because they so are good at comedy.  Since the show parodies just about every musical ever written, it is also great fun for audiences," said Associate Professor of Music Graham Wood, the play’s musical director and producer.

“Aside from the humor, the show is also filled with commentary on corporate greed, social oppression, the dark side of revolutions and environmental stewardship,” Wood added.  “Don’t be put off by the title.  This is a smart and funny show with a serious message that you won’t want to miss.”

The 20-member cast is directed by Bryant Herring, a Coker alumna who directs the Kershaw Fine Arts Center in Camden, S.C.  Choreography is designed by Assistant Professor of Dance Erin Leigh.  Set design and technical direction is provided by Assistant Professor of Theater David Dawson and costumes were created by guest artist Tami Hough.

Coker College offers a major in theater with concentrations in performance or technical theater. A concentration in musical theater is offered in the College’s music program. Theater students study and perform in the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center, which includes the Watson Theater that seats 466, has a proscenium stage, an orchestra shell, computerized lighting and state-of-the-art acoustics and the versatile 80-seat Black Box Theater.

For more information about the theater major, contact Coker Admissions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about musical theater performances, please contact Wood at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

 
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