Baldwinsville Theatre Guild presents . . .

The Baldwinsville Theatre Guild will present the Tony Award winning "Urinetown: The Musical" this March.

The satirical comedy musical features music and lyrics by Mark Hollman and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. Urinetown lampoons the legal system, capitalism, social responsibility, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement and local politics. In addition, the musical ridicules Broadway itself poking fun at shows such as Les Miserables and Annie, to name a couple. The production won three Tony Awards in 2002.

A terrible water shortage, due to a 20-year drought, has hamstrung the Gotham-like town that is the setting for Urinetown: The Musical. In an attempt to regulate water consumption, the government has outlawed the use of private toilets. The citizenry must use public, designated pay-per-flush amenities owned and operated by Urine Good Company, a vindictive corporation run by the corrupt Caldwell B. Cladwell. Urinetown provides a story that centers on the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of a free flush.

The inspiration for Urinetown came to Kotis in 1995 following a European tour with the Neo-Futurists, a theater group based on Chicago's North Side. Nearly out of cash, he struggled to justify using Paris' pay-to-flush toilets, and began envisioning a world in which private toilets are banned forever. The musical has been performed from Broadway, to London, to Tokyo, and now Baldwinsville.

The show dates are: 7:30 p.m. March 11, 12, 19, 25 and 26; 8 p.m. March 18; and 3 p.m. Sunday (matinee) March 20. Shows will be held at the First Presbyterian Education Center, 64 Oswego St. in Baldwinsville. Tickets are: adults $20; students $17; and seniors $17 for Sunday matinee only. Tickets can be purchased by calling 877-4183 or visiting baldwinsvilletheatreguild.org.

Currently in its 68th season, the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild is a non-profit organization and the oldest community theatre in New York State. Complimentary desserts and hot beverages will be served during the show's intermission. In addition, barring any unforeseen water shortage, first pee is free, with your ticket. After that . . .

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