This year, Emporia State’s Homecoming theatre production is “Urinetown.” Audiences can see the live performance at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21-23 and at 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 24 in the Karl C. Bruder Theatre in King Hall.

“Urinetown” is a musical satire set in a “Gotham-like city” and is about “a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, (that) has led to a government enforced ban on private toilets,” according to

However, director Pete Rydberg plans to add his own twist on things, making it more enjoyable for students. Rydberg and his crew also adapted the play so it’s more relevant to the world today.

“With a good balance of comedy and drama, students are sure to love it,” Rydberg said.

The choreography is all original and designed by junior theatre major Allie Thomas.

“Teaching people my own steps is always interesting.” Thomas said.

With the performance only two weeks away, the cast rehearses four hours every weekday to make sure it is just right for opening night.

“We choose the show for the students. I am excited to show how hard we’ve worked.” Rydberg said.

Tickets are free for students if they show their student ID to the theatre office in King Hall.

Student organizations can purchase tickets in bulk to watch the production as a group through the theatre office.

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