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11 Oglethorpe students cast in Actor’s Express co-production of “Urinetown”

11 Oglethorpe Theatre students have been cast in the upcoming comedy musical “Urinetown,” a co-production between Atlanta theatre company Actor’s Express and Oglethorpe University, set to premiere at Conant Performing Arts Center on Feb. 4.

Two of those students, Emma Jean Scott and Tatum McBride, earned leading roles as the romantic optimist Hope Cladwell and the precocious street urchin Little Sally, respectively.

The following students were selected for roles in the musical:

Urinetown Cast Announcement, featuring headshots of the castHope Cladwell – Emma Jean Scott
Little Sally – Tatum McBride
Dr. Billeaux – Caroline Grammage
Mrs. Millenium – Wynne Kelly
Cladwell’s Secretary – Summer Stockard
Officer Barrell – Zion Glenn
Soupy Sue – Chloe Campbell
Robby the Stockfish – Chris Kesserwani
Billy Bay Bill – James Patrick
Ensemble – Amber Williams
Ensemble – Jacien Thorne

The upcoming co-production presents opportunities for Oglethorpe’s theatre students to gain valuable experience in a professional setting while still in college. Students both on the stage and behind-the-scenes in stage management will be exposed to the high-energy world of professional theatre as they help transform the Conant stage into the dystopian, steampunk-inspired world of “Urinetown.”

Set in the not-so-distant future, “Urinetown” is a boisterous satirical comedy musical about greed, corruption, hope and rebellion. After a 20-year drought depletes water sources, citizens are forced to pay the corrupt “Urine Good Company” megacorporation for the right to pee. When the idealistic Bobby Strong decides he has had enough, he leads a ragtag group of rebels in a revolution to pee freely!

“Urinetown” is directed by Freddie Ashley, who previously worked with OU Theatre to direct last year’s hit co-production of “Heathers: The Musical,” which Broadway World called “a raucous delight full of stellar vocal performances, fantastic character choices, and some killer looks.”

“To be honest, it was difficult to tell who was an Oglethorpe student and who was a professional actor on stage,” the review continued.


“Urinetown” is on stage at Conant Performing Arts Center Feb. 2 – 26. Tickets are available on the Actor’s Express website.  Oglethorpe students and employees may request one free ticket using this form. An Oglethorpe email must be used to receive a comp ticket.

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