THE hilarious satirical musical of Urinetown came to life on the Alloa stage last week.

Alloa Musical Players (AMP) put the show on with six performances throughout last week, with local talent bringing to town their own production of the 2001 Tony Award-winning musical.

Urinetown, which was on at Alloa Town Hall, took a light-hearted yet critical look at corporate mismanagement and municipal politics in a world where public toilets are privatised and private loos are outlawed.

The costume design, following a steam punk theme, cleverly contrasted the rich and the poor who could not afford to fulfil their most basic needs and faced exile from the town.

All the outfits were made by the company under the guidance of designer Jennie Spowage, augmented by stunning makeup from a team of Forth Valley College trainees.

AMP are always keen to innovate and to welcome newcomers to the musical theatre – underlining the latter, there were plenty of fresh faces in principle roles.

This included Kat McGuigan who excelled as co-narrator Little sally, Morven Lennox who nailed the character of Old Ma Strong and Holley Minty who charmed the audience with her ditzy Tiny Tom.

Another first-timer was the outstanding Kirsty Gillies who took on the role of Ms Pennywise.

They were helped by the experience of some older hands like Alan Musgrave and Lesley Kettles who were highly amusing as Officers Lockstock and Barrel.

Playing the role of the big baddy, making megabucks at the helm of the Urine Good Company, was George Marcinkiewicz.

Other golden voices included Michael Coyne as Bobby Strong and Caitlin Smith as Hope Cladwell.

Bringing the arguably tricky musical to life, and in Scots rather than the original American, were artistic director and choreographer Kaye Finlay along with musical director Steven Segaud.