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CORE Theatrics launches 2013 season with 'Urinetown The Musical'

Left, Lucy Gregerson of Redmond and Katie Jung of North Bend. - Courtesy
Left, Lucy Gregerson of Redmond and Katie Jung of North Bend.
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CORE Theatrics will present its 2013 season opener, the Tony Award-winning musical "Urinetown The Musical."

Featuring student actors from throughout the Eastside, "Urinetown" is a tale of corruption, greed, love and revolution.

Following a 20-year drought, the characters of the play are forced by the Urine Good Company (UGC) to "pay-to-pee." Those who cannot afford to pay the price for one of life's basic needs are sent to the penal colony Urinetown. When a fee hike is enacted, a courageous rebel leads a revolt against the UGC demanding that people have the right to pee for free.

With music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and lyrics and book by Greg Kotis, "Urinetown" pokes fun at the legal system, capitalism, corporate power, political mismanagement and engages the audience to think of how a malevolent company profits off one of humanity's basic amenities.

The show opens Jan. 18 and is directed by Heath Saunders, with musical direction by Blake Saunders.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26 and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 20. All performances will be at the Lake Washington High School Performing Arts Center at 12033 N.E. 80th St. in Kirkland.

Ticket prices are $14 student and senior and $16 for adults. Tickets may be purchased in advanced at www.coretheatrics.com/upcomingshows.htm. Group tickets are available at a reduced rate. For group ticket information, email coretheatrics2008@gmail.com.

Founded by Marianni Magnuson, CORE Theatrics has been serving the greater Eastside population since 2008 and offers intensive training in the performing arts to prepare young adults of up to 22 years old. Students have the opportunity to take classes, receive individual coaching and participate in workshops and live performances. CORE Theatrics has a 99-percent college acceptance rate from their College Prep Program.

For more information, call (425) 829-6355 or visit www.coretheatrics.com.

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