“Urinetown, the Musical,” presented by The Barn Stage Musicals under the expertise of Artistic Director J. Scott Lapp and Executive Director Jordan Beck, hits the boards running.
Boasting cast and crew from Riverside, San Diego and Orange counties, this rollicking, tongue-in-cheek, Tony award-winning show works on every level, both musically and technically.
Before you decide against a show by its unusual title, take a chance on the remaining weekend of performances being staged in Old Town Temecula at the Truax Building’s unique, downstairs location.
Every member of Urinetown’s cast, from the talented and ironic Paul Kehler, to the well-versed ensemble, is energetic and absorbing. The numbers are seamless and smooth, both in harmonies and dialog.
When Kehler–as the lofty narrator–discusses the finer points of what makes a successful musical with Little Sally (played by the charming, mini-powerhouse, Angela Griswold) the stage is set for a show unafraid to make fun of itself and parody grander musicals.
Mix in the star-crossed pairing of Bobby Strong (watch for Michael Mittman’s powerful character growth) with Hope Cladwell (the stunning and comedic Rachel King) and every line, number and movement draws in the audience using every segment of the black box theater to its maximum benefit.
Don’t miss Wyn Wilson (an Equity performer) who hits the high notes as Penelope Pennywise, and Caldwell B. Cladwell, the colorful villain played by Temecula’s John George Campbell. Their delicious onstage chemistry eventually reveals a compelling plot twist.
J. Scott Lapp has found the best person for each role, directed them with his insightful and creative touch, and then set them loose to do what they do best.
The Musical Director, Taylor Peckham, also plays the keyboard and leads the live band with signature perfection. A lessor cast might find Chelsea Nicole’s spot-on choreography daunting with its varied range through dozens of styles without cliché, but they nail each number.
Matt Herman’s stage design is simple but effective, and neither detracts nor overpowers. Chris Batchelor’s lighting could be another player in its effectiveness with mood and theme. The costumes and wigs contribute their own sense of humor and texture, and the minimal props and set pieces complete the picture. For such a young production company, every note strikes on a perfect level from “places” to final bows.
Temecula and the Inland Empire as a whole can look forward to top notch local entertainment thanks to the visionary team of J. Scott Lapp and Jordan Beck, and the Barnstage Theater Company.
Having signed a five-year lease on their present venue in the Truax Building in Old Town Temecula, and judging by “Urinetown, The Musical,” The Barn Stage Company’s musicals will deliver professional and award winning productions for years to come.
For tickets, showtimes, and more information, visit Barnstage Theater Company online.