(Avon Lake, OH)- Mighty Goliath is deep into production of their next show, the Tony award winning musical, URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL. Rehearsals started back in October, and once a week the cast, crew, and orchestra get together on Friday to rehearse. Mighty Goliath Productions is unique in a few ways. One way is the commitment of the cast and crew. Unlike many other community theatre groups, Mighty Goliath is comprised entirely of volunteers. Not a single person takes a salary or money for their time and efforts put into creating the show. Another way Mighty Goliath Productions is unique is their mission. They are a non-profit that donates the profits of their shows to Avon Lake's City Schools. Their money has gone to fund the Performing Arts Center, Drama Club, Orchestra, Band, and Choir programs.
This partnership with Avon Lake Schools was founded in 1959, when it was organized as a PTA group at Avon Lake's Eastview Elementary. It has since grown into a destination for theatre goers all across the Cleveland area. Mighty Goliath Productions has attracted some of Cleveland's most talented actors and actresses, musicians, and directors along with many families.
A hallmark of a Mighty Goliath Production is the large ensemble musicals. To be in the chorus you don't need to try out, simply show up and commit to the once a week rehearsal. This has allowed entire families to take the stage together. Children as young as 6 months old have been on stage in a Mighty Goliath Productions.
This year many see Mighty Goliath Productions as taking a large risk in producing URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL. Why? Because of the name. URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL may be the worst name of a musical in the history of musicals; but that is the joke. For the first time in its 57 year history, Mighty Goliath is going to have the orchestra right on stage. There will be scaffolding, platforms on the prosceniums, special lighting, and the action will be put so much closer to the audience, it is sure to delight any casual theatre goer.
URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL debuted on Broadway in 2001 after Greg Kotis was traveling Europe and came across a pay-per-use toilet. He teamed up with Mike Hollman and together they brought this musical to Broadway.
URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL is a journey through a world where toilets aren't free and you have to pay to use the "public amenity". The show is filled with symbolism about overreaching government, corrupt public institutions, and corrupt government officials, and lobbyists. It also poke a lot of fun of Broadway musicals in the process. Not only does it explore really tough themes like water conservation, but it is done with laughter and absurdity.
URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL presented by Mighty Goliath Productions runs February 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 7:30pm and a matinee show on February 21 at 2:00pm. All performances are at the Avon Lake Performing Arts Center 175 Avon Belden Rd; Avon Lake, Ohio 44012. The Mighty Goliath box office phone number is 440-508-MGP1 (6471).
About Mighty Goliath Productions:
Mighty Goliath Productions is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit fundraising organization the benefits the performing arts programs for Avon Lake City Schools. Our impact enriches the cultural life of the community. We focus on our unique ability to provide a professional, fun, philanthropic theatrical experience for our volunteers and audiences alike. for more information visit www.mightygoliath.com