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‘Urinetown’ cast performing variety shows to benefit OneOrlando Fund, scholarships

Courtesy photo: Phyllis Montgomery.

The cast of North Fork Community Theater’s Urinetown will perform a special selection of songs in a free variety show fundraiser for NFCT’s scholarship fund and the OneOrlando Fund.

“The director wanted to get to showcase the talent in the musical that you might not have gotten to see enough of,” said cast member Patrick O’Brien, who played Lockstock in Urinetown. “There were 33 people in the cast so not everyone got a named role — and let me say, we’re really blown away by the talent.”

The show will feature acts “based around love” said O’Brien.

“When the Pulse tragedy happened, everyone was blown away by it. Any act of violence like that has an impact, but this hits home for us,” O’Brien said. ““If there was a club like that out here, or if any of us were in Orlando that night, we could have been there. So many people that I know could have been in that situation.”

The OneOrlando Fund was started by the Mayor of Orlando, Buddy Dyer, in response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting on June 12, where 49 people were killed in a mass shooting.

“We’re trying to overcome that evil with love, and that’s why that’s the theme of the evening,” O’Brien said.

The show will be free, but there will be a donation box for those who wish to contribute to the scholarship or OneOrlando fund.

The performances will be at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at the NFCT.

Courtney Blasl
Courtney is a freelance photographer, videographer, web designer and writer. She is a lifelong Riverhead resident.