If there were a “typical” Rockland Country Day School theater kid, she might look a lot like Pearl River’s Jamie Pohs.
When “Urinetown” hits the stage at the private school in Congers this week, the 17-year-old junior will be pulling double-duty: backstage as stage manager and onstage as the hardcore revolutionary Little Becky Two Shoes.
After appearing in “Grease” as a fifth-grader, she moved into the technical side, running spotlights and learning all of the departments. Before too long, she was assistant stage manager to upperclassman Julie Needleman and then, when Needleman graduated, Pohs became stage manager.
“Julie taught me how to run everything and that, despite me being young, I have to let them know I’m in charge,” says Pohs, adding with a laugh: “Basically, she taught me how to yell.”
This week, Pohs’ voice will be getting a workout with “Urinetown,” the campy valentine to musical theater that imagines a world in which people must pay to, well, relieve themselves.
“I like being a character that’s not me, so I get to be someone else, and Becky is completely that,” she says. “Not only does she have a limp and a leg brace, but she’s pregnant. And she’s a sadistic bad girl who sings ‘Snuff That Girl’ — about killing Hope — with her significant other, Hot Blades Harry. I like that she’s very out there.”
When Pohs is out there onstage, assistant stage manager Katharine Geber will call cues for the lighting crew.
What does Pohs look like in stage manager mode?
“Little Becky Two Shoes,” she says without blinking. “No mercy.”
But she won’t snuff anybody, right?
“No promises,” she says with a laugh.
“Urinetown,” 7 p.m. April 20; 2 and 7 p.m. April 21; 2 p.m. April 22; tickets at the door.
Photo by Peter D. Kramer/The Journal News: Jamie Pohs, of Pearl River, in the props trailer with some of the props for “Urinetown.”
Video: Watch members of the cast of “Urinetown” reciting their favorite lines here.