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Urine Good Company officers are, first row left to right, Ramee Jorschumb, Danny Tusa and Genesis Torres; second row, Ashleigh Gulden, Daniel Drodofsky, Jordan Gatewood and Shane Martin. The group is cast in the production of “Urinetown, The Musical,” now on stage at Ridgewater College in Willmar. (Submitted photo)

'Urinetown: The Musical' now showing at Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minn.

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WILLMAR - Ridgewater College’s Theatre Department presents “Urinetown: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Willmar campus.

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Tickets are $5 general admission and are available by calling 320-222-7605 or at the box office before the show.

“Urinetown,” the recipient of three Tony Awards including “Best Musical,” tells the tale of a town plagued by a 20-year drought, where water has become so scarce that private toilets have become unthinkable.

The town’s main corporation, Urine Good Company controls all of the city’s restrooms and begins to charge the people of the town to use the bathroom, and continues to raise the price for the citizens to carry out their most private and basic of needs.

As the people of the town get more and more edgy, a hero emerges to help save the people of the town from all of their wrongs. However, will it be enough to save their lives?

“Urinetown” is a political and social satire that tells the story of this town by using the musical styles of such shows as “Les Misérables,” “West Side Story” and more. “Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, ‘Urinetown’ provides a fresh perspective of one of America’s greatest art forms.”

The show has a large cast with 23 actors. Members of the cast are Jessica Bays, Ashleigh Gulden, Ramee Jorschumb, Josh, O’Connell, Molly Lou Pintok, Danny Tusa, Ben Watson and Alex Vasquez, all of Willmar; Raechel Segaar of Brooten; Hailey Wolf and Shane Martin of Clara City; Seth Falk of Grand Marais; Cherish Rhinehart of Grove City; and Sarah Lachowitzer of Herman;

Taylor Morris of Hewitt; Genesis Torres of Milan; Alex Woytcke of Monticello; Mikiaela McCormick of Pennock; Chris Ness of New London; Andrew Hendrickson of Paynesville; Alex Burdorf of Raymond; Daniel Drodofsky of Red Wing; and Jordan Gatewood of Svea.

“Urinetown, The Musical” is directed by Chad Tallon of Essex, Ill., with musical direction by Darcy Lease-Guburd of Willmar and choreography by Jeni Donahue of Joliet, Ill.

Jane Kochis of Willmar is the productions accompanist. In addition, 40 other students from Ridgewater have had a hand in working on the production.

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