By Sam West ’20
The second update on Urinetown, the winter MainStage show of the Dartmouth Department of Theater. The first update was URINETOWN: The clock is ticking.
Writing this on February 1, we have just finished our first “stumble-through” of Act 2 of Dartmouth’s winter production of Urinetown. In a couple of days, we will have our first runthrough of the entire show. As of now, the countdown stands at 16 days until opening night.
In just over one week we begin technical and dress rehearsals. At that stage all of the different facets of the production start to come together. This means, costumes, lights, staging and set. We’ll be adding all sorts of cues for lighting design, stage crew, and making final adjustments to choreography and blocking.
This is what is known among theater people as “hell week,” the final, especially intense series of rehearsals leading to opening night. The late nights commence the weekend of Dartmouth’s Winter Carnival, and we’ll be well on our way.
So far we’ve slapped Hope in the face, sniffled our way through many a cold, and have had a fantastic time getting to know each other as a cast, alongside some of our newest members, Leopold the Lion and a redheaded baby. (All this will make sense when you see the show!) We all anxiously await the actualization of the set and can’t wait to see the show come together!
Sam West is a ’20 from Los Angeles, California, hopes to major in theater, and can occasionally be seen singing with the Subtleties. In Urinetown, she plays an executive with Urine Good Company, a cop and a rebel.