The East Central College Theater Department will present “Urinetown: The Musical” Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 9-12, at the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center on the ECC campus in Union.

Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 9-11. The show on Sunday, Aug. 12, will begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale later in July.

Little is safe from ridicule in this musical tale, a dark satire that pokes fun at the legal system, capitalism, popular politics and corporate corruption. Greed, corruption, love and revolution exist in a city where water is worth its weight in gold.

While traveling through Europe on a tight student budget, playwright Greg Kotis encountered a pay-per-use toilet which drew the inspiration for the musical comedy.

In this timeless story, written by Kotis, with music by Mark Hollmann, a 20-year drought makes private toilets an unaffordable luxury. In an attempt to regulate water consumption, Urinetown has outlawed their use.

The citizenry must use public, pay amenities owned and operated by Urine Good Company, a malevolent corporation run by a corrupt CEO.

John Anglin directs a cast of 21, many of them veterans of past ECC productions. Cast members include Trish Baker, Jeremy Bates, Adrienne Branson, Carol Buescher, Cassie Burris, Andrew and Elizabeth Clary, Lee Garner, Bethany and Darrell Herron, Eldon and Sarah Hopp, Elmer and Patty Kellmann, Scott Mirly, Heidi Nuckolls, Chery Pecka, Jeff Satterfield, Joseph Schimsa, Grace Smith and David Sutton.

Music coordinator for Urinetown is Paula Nolley, with set design by Larry Melton.

“Though the title is a bit provocative, Urinetown is actually quite wholesome,” noted Anglin. “We decided to have a little fun so we’ve set up a contest to rename the ECC production. Some suggestions that have been tossed around include Number One Town, Wee Wee City, and Pee Town.”

The creator of the best new title will win tickets to the performance.

Anglin said that suggestions for new titles can be faxed to 636-584-0793, emailed to, or mailed to ECC Public Relations, 1964 Prairie Dell Road, Union, MO 63084.