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Howard Community College’s Arts Collective Presents The Tony Award-Winning Satire “Urinetown: The Musical” May 3 to 13

March 30, 2012

(Columbia, MD) – Howard Community College’s (HCC) Arts Collective (AC) proudly presents Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’ three-time Tony Award-winning “Urinetown: The Musical,” May 3 to 13, 2012, in HCC's Smith Theatre. Jenny Male, coordinator of musical theatre at HCC, directs and choreographs — with Keith Tittermary as musical director — class="contentsmall"this smart and hilarious satire of American business where no one – and no musical theatre genre – remains unscathed. Due to a 20 year drought, the poor are forced to scrounge for pennies to pay for the privilege to pee. Bobby Strong has the courage to stand up to a tyrannical empire, rousing the poor with musical numbers that parody Broadway’s biggest shows. Through it all, the people fight for love, justice, and the enduring hope of peeing free. “Urinetown…” won three Tony Awards in 2002.

Performances are scheduled for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors, military members and groups; and $10 for students with I.D. Tickets may be purchased through the Horowitz Center Box Office (443-518-1500) or the AC website ( For more information on AC, call 443-518-1922, visit their website, or email

The Smith Theatre is located inside the Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) on the campus of HCC, located at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, MD, 21044. 

Note: Parental guidance suggested. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

11 Performances: Two weekends only!
May 3 to 13, 2012
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Special Events:
Pay-What-You-Can Daytime Performance: Friday, May 11 at 1 p.m.
Post-Show Discussion: Sunday, May 13

$15 for general admission
$12 for seniors, military members and groups
$10 for students with I.D.

“Urinetown: The Musical”

Music by Mark Hollmann; book by Greg Kotis; lyrics by Mr. Hollmann and Mr. Kotis; directed and choreographed by Jenny Male; musical direction by Keith Tittermary; set and props by Ryan Michael Haase; lighting by Terry Cobb; costumes by Jessica Welch; sound by Dave Harton; illustration by Emma K. McDonnell; production and stage management by Julie DeBakey Smith; assistant stage management by Lacy Hall; dramaturgy by Maddie Brown; dance captain, Kelsey Painter; fight captain, Gavin Shown.

The Cast:

Cory Jones (Officer Lockstock), Keri Eastridge (Little Sally), Erin Branigan (Penelope Pennywise), Dustin Merrell (Bobby Strong), Katie Chase Martin (Hope Cladwell), Ed Higgins (Caldwell B. Cladwell), Amy Chase Martin (Senator Fipp), Clare Kneebone (Little Becky Two Shoes), Steve Backus (Hot Blades Harry), Kelsey Painter (Soupy Sue), Gavin Shown (Officer Barrel), Devery McDonald (Mr. McQueen), Melissa Valdivia (Josephine Strong), Thomas Matera (Tiny Tom), Felicia Tuttle (Mrs. Millennium), and Lindsay Hammond, Ashly LeGrant, Michael Nugent, Rachel Plunkett.

About the Director and Choreographer:

Jenny Male is assistant professor of theatre at HCC and coordinates the musical theatre program. She is also a certified teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors. She is thrilled to be back for her 20th production with Arts Collective! Favorite AC directing and/or choreography credits include “A Christmas Carol,” “Love Hurts,” “On Broadway,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Noises Off,” and “A Chorus Line.” Jenny has also directed numerous musicals for the Red Branch Theatre Company (Columbia, MD), such as “The Secret Garden,” “Urinetown,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” and last spring’s “Into the Woods” which won Best Revival of a Musical on Baltimore. She has also served as the fight and movement coach for 16 Rep Stage shows including “Yellowman,” “Or,” “T-Bone N Weasel,” “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia,” “Hysteria,” and “Lie of the Mind.” Jenny is looking forward to directing “Avenue Q” next fall for the Red Branch Theatre Company.

About HCC
Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to nearly 30,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, and Laurel College Center. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.