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Travel to a dystopian society with Lakeridge drama department for four nights starting Nov. 7

PMG PHOTO: ASIA ALVAREZ ZELLER - Cast trio rehearses scene in act one of the musical. "Urinetown" is set in a dystopian society where late capitalism rules and people have to pay to pee. A 20-year drought has caused a government-enforced ban on private toilets, which leads an uprising complete with humor, wit, singing and dancing.

Meet some of the cast

Even Melendez, a senior, plays Bobby Stran, the everyman of the play. "He recognizes everything that's wrong with this awful system. He organizes the revolution," said Melendez of his character.

Melendez has been involved in the drama department since his freshman year.

Of "Urinetown," he said,"It's such an amazing show that's not really well known. People don't know any of the songs which is one of the things that makes it so fresh."

"Urinetown" is the last musical of his high school career. "I wouldn't want a better way to close out high school… it's really good that we get to end it on this note," Melendez said.

Senior Emma Bartlett has, like Melendez, been in the drama department since freshman year.

PMG PHOTO: ASIA ALVAREZ ZELLER - Emma Bartlett's character (left) is welcomed to her fathers company.

"I love performing and theater. It just brings me so much joy that it's hard to put into words," she said.

The drama department at Lakeridge has shown Bartlett where her passions lie, and has informed what she wants to do after high school.

"This specific department, and our shows, and (drama teacher, Andrew) Ballnik, and the people are so important to me that it's really encouraged me to pursue theater in life after high school," she said.PMG PHOTO: ASIA ALVAREZ ZELLER - Cast rehearses scene in act one of musical.

Bartlett said the fact that she has to say goodbye after this show still hasn't sunk in."This department is how I figured out my dreams and my passions … it's gonna be really, really hard to leave," she said."Don't judge by the title of the show. The show is full of many different plot lines; it is witty and humorous (and) wickedly funny."

Bartlett said "Urinetown" has more spunk than some of Lakeridge's past musicals and it'll leave people wanting more.

Get your tickets

The musical runs for two weekends, with performances held Nov. 7, 9, 14 and 16 at 7 p.m and Nov. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. All performances are held at the Lakeridge High School Auditorium. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.

Ticket prices range from $8-12. Tickets will be sold at the door but it's encouraged to get them ahead of time. Tickets are available now at

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