By Rachel Ader, HHS Senior
I had no idea what to expect when I heard the Hingham High School fall musical was going to be Urinetown, a story about a tax on pee, but I should’ve known the drama department would be able to pull off a show full of great performances and laughs. With a talented ensemble cast of singers and actors, the production was a darkly comic hit.
Standout soloists included Senior Casey Hussey as Hope Cladwell, daughter of Caldwell Cladwell–played by Junior and strong tenor John Capodilupo–whose evil company levied the tax on the townspeople after a water shortage made private toilets unfeasible. Sophomores Aidan Murphy as Bobby Strong and Erika Chapin as Penelope Pennywise made an excellent team guarding the “amenities.” Junior Devan Kushnir kicked off the production as corrupted Police Officer Lockstock.
The production’s primary weakness was the HHS stage acoustics, because depending on where the characters were standing, some of the words were difficult for the audience to hear. Every word counted in this dark political comedy. Overall, the production was captivating and amusing.