Students take a crash course with ‘Urinetown’


“It sounded awesome,” Johnson, co-founder and executive director of Immersion Youth Rep, told the cast of “Urinetown” after a song and dance number rehearsal on Wednesday.

Within two weeks, a cast of 13 teens will learn their lines, songs and dance routines for musical satire. A team will have the same time to create and strike the sound and light signals, define the props and change the scenery.

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“It’s a total immersion experience,” said Will Laudon, who plays Officer Lockstock, the show’s narrator and a main character.

For Mitchell Romanauski, first-time Immersion Youth Rep musical performer, the seven-hour rehearsal days were a rigorous experience.

“I knew we would be busy, but I didn’t expect it,” he said.

Darien Odette plays the role of

Darien Odette stars as “Penny Pennywise” during a rehearsal of Immersion Youth Repertory’s “Urinetown: The Musical” on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at the Rochester Civic Theater downtown. Students in the Immersion Youth Repertory program spend two weeks immersing themselves in the preparation of a musical. (Joe Ahlquist / [email protected])

Even Laudon, who played Jean Valjean in Immersion Youth Rep’s production of “Les Misérables” in 2019, said the pace of “Urinetown” surprised him.

“Especially this show, it’s issue after issue after issue,” he said.

“Urinetown” takes place in a vague future in a drought-ravaged world where people have to pay for the privilege of peeing.

Most musicals take six to eight weeks to prepare for an audience. In two weeks of seven-hour rehearsals, the cast and crew receive a crash course.

“Urinetown” pokes fun at several popular musicals throughout the show, which also means the actors have to emulate multiple styles of theater. (The program will feature a music bingo card for audience members to fill out when they spot the parodies.)

“We are learning so many styles of dance,” added Laudon.

Lindsey Blackhurst, co-founder of Immersion Youth Rep, provided vocal training for the cast.

“I learned a lot of singing techniques,” Romanauski said.

Students perform during a rehearsal for Immersion Youth Repertory's

Students perform during a rehearsal of Immersion Youth Repertory’s “Urinetown: The Musical” on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at the Rochester Civic Theater downtown. Students in the Immersion Youth Repertory program spend two weeks immersing themselves in the preparation of a musical. (Joe Ahlquist / [email protected])

Most years, the music distribution consists of up to 40 actors.

This year, the show’s size has been limited to a cast of 13 due to precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Johnson also took into account that if more stringent precautions were in place at the time of the performance of the show, the fact that the actors were wearing protective gear would not have looked out of place as part of the show.

With the launch of a youth theater program by the Rochester Civic Theater, some of Immersion Youth Rep’s programs will be integrated with Civic programs. The immersion will focus more on the pre-professional training of high school actors for high school and college theater classes.

The weeklong course for Grades 3 to 7 will be part of the Civic’s lineup, led by Kami Sim.

“Urinetown” opens Friday July 23, with a second performance on Saturday July 24.

Students perform during a rehearsal for Immersion Youth Repertory's

Students perform during a rehearsal of Immersion Youth Repertory’s “Urinetown: The Musical” on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at the Rochester Civic Theater downtown. Students in the Immersion Youth Repertory program spend two weeks immersing themselves in the preparation of a musical. (Joe Ahlquist / [email protected])

If you are going to

What: Production of “Urinetown” by Immersion Youth Repertory

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday July 23 and 24

Or: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester

Tickets: $ 15 for adults, $ 12 for students and seniors, available online.

William Laudon, 16, plays the role of

William Laudon, 16, stars as “Officer Lockstock” during a rehearsal of Immersion Youth Repertory’s “Urinetown: The Musical” on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at the Rochester Civic Theater downtown. Students in the Immersion Youth Repertory program spend two weeks immersing themselves in the preparation of a musical. (Joe Ahlquist / [email protected])

Emily Watson, left, a volunteer, and Jessy Rehmann, an intern assistant, work in the light booth during a rehearsal for Immersion Youth Repertory's

Emily Watson, left, a volunteer, and Jessy Rehmann, an assistant intern, work in the light booth during a rehearsal of Immersion Youth Repertory’s “Urinetown: The Musical” on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at the Rochester Civic Theater, downtown. Students in the Immersion Youth Repertory program spend two weeks immersing themselves in the preparation of a musical. (Joe Ahlquist / [email protected])

Rocco Ruggeri, on the left, who plays

Rocco Ruggeri, left, who plays “Barrel the Cop”, and Mitchell Romanauski, who plays “Old Man Strong”, perform their roles during a rehearsal of Immersion Youth Repertory’s “Urinetown: The Musical” on Wednesday, July 21 2021, at the Rochester Civic Theater downtown. Students in the Immersion Youth Repertory program spend two weeks immersing themselves in the preparation of a musical. (Joe Ahlquist / [email protected])


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