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Ryan Halvorson (far left) leads an uprising as Bobby Strong in McNary High School’s production of Urinetown, opening Thursday, Nov. 14. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Ryan Halvorson (far left) leads an uprising as Bobby Strong in McNary High School’s production of Urinetown, opening Thursday, Nov. 14. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

There are certain things one might expect from a play titled Urinetown, but according to the actors in the upcoming McNary High School production that’s one of the worst things to enter the theater with.

“It is awkward and that’s why it’s funny. You see how satirical it is and how many realistic struggles it portrays,” said McNary senior Kendra Smith. “That’s the great thing about it, you’ll see how it mashes up a lot of other plays into one.”

McNary’s run of the Tony Award-winning Urinetown begins Thursday, Nov. 14, and continues November 15-16 and 21-23 at 7 p.m. Matinee performances are slated Nov. 16 and 23 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door or in advance at the McNary main office.

The play tells the story of Assistant Urinal Custodian Bobby Strong in a time when a 20-year drought has caused water shortage that makes private toilets all but unthinkable. Bobby is enlightened to the struggles of the time, and moved to action, when his father is banished to Urinetown after relieving himself on a street. Romance, satire and hilarity ensues.


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