On Sale to FlexTix & SCOOPS – June 3, 2024
On Sale to the Public – June 10, 2024

This Summer Go Blonde!

Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally Blonde JR. follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. When Elle’s boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she’s not “serious” enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate, Emmett, and spunky hairdresser, Paulette, along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive. As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all.

Modeled after the Junior Theater Festival Experience, our For Kids By Kids Summer Camps are designed to blend our skills-based and performance classes. Not only will students work on a JR. or Kids length production (minus the technical elements) but also receive intensives in acting, singing, and dancing at camp. With only the tools of the actor (imagination, body, voice) our summer camp productions are performed in the great tradition of Shakespeare’s Old Globe, using nothing but a bare stage, simple lighting, and team-work to effectively tell a great story. With only a two-week commitment, this is a great introduction for families interested in trying theater training for the first time, and also excellent continued practice for the experienced young actor, and those who are considering auditioning for our Performance Team, and competing with us at Junior Theater Festival.

Opens: Friday, June 21, 2024
Closes: Saturday, June 22, 2024
Location: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse,
on the campus of Centenary College

Music & Lyrics | LAURENCE O’KEEFE & NELL BENJAMIN
Book | HEATHER HACH
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture

Schedule:
FRIDAY | JUNE 21 | 6:00 PM
SATURDAY | JUNE 22 | 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM

Tickets: On Sale to the Public June 10, 2024.
All Tickets: $15.

Director | LIESL CRUZ
Choreographer | TBD
Musical Director | REBECCA VACHA

Legally Blonde is presented through special arrangement with
Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.mtishows.com

2024 SUMMER CAMP
Legally Blonde (Junior Edition)
ENROLLMENT & TIMELINE

ENROLLMENT INFO |
Who: Any student who will have completed 3rd-12th grade is invited to enroll, regardless of experience level. We encourage you to enroll early, as we are expecting to reach capacity quickly, and a wait-list will be implemented once all spots are filled. All students who are wait-listed will be given the opportunity to audition.
How: Starting Monday, April 22, Enroll HERE any time through Friday, May 3, 2024, or until we reach our maximum capacity, whichever happens first. Once we receive your online enrollment, you will receive an invoice for tuition via email. Upon payment, your enrollment will be considered complete, and you will receive an email confirmation with more details. NOTE: Audition information is only available to enrolled & waitlisted students. You will receive those details in your confirmation email once we receive your tuition payment.
Where: All rehearsals will take place at Stage Center Studios at Grace, 9400 Ellerbe Road, until we move to Marjorie Lyons Playhouse to perform.
Cost: $300.00 tuition due no later than May 3, 2024. Payment options & scholarships may be available – Contact us for more information. (One Official Show T-Shirt is included with tuition.
Enrollment: April 22 – May 3
IMPORTANT NOTE ON OUR CORE VALUES: Before enrolling in our summer camp, please consider the following…
**You are agreeing to commit your child to the class’s production and schedule. At Stage Center’s SoPA we believe that a good process begets a good product. Every enrolled student will be required to audition as a part of this process. The audition is for the instructors to assess each student’s skill-level and vocal/physical type so that they can be placed in the role that best serves the production and our educational goals. We do not cast based on seniority within the company, nor do we pre-cast any role on student productions. The cast list will be posted before the start of camp. We are not interested in working with students and families who are only seeking leading or featured roles. All students interested in our camps and classes are taught to show up with open minds and hearts, eager to have a life-enriching experience. We teach that theater is about an ensemble coming together to tell a story, and every person involved has a vital role for its success. No absences are allowed during our two weeks of camp.  NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED TO STUDENTS WHO WITHDRAW AFTER COMPLETING ENROLLMENT. A $30.00 late fee will be added to any invoice not paid by the due date.

Saturday, June 1 – 10:00am New Parent Orientation
Monday, June 3 – 5:00pm | Audition workshop for enrolled & wait-listed students

WEEK ONE – Stage Center Studios
MON, June 10 – 1:00pm-5:00pm
TUE, June 11 – 1:00pm-5:00pm
WED, June 12 – 1:00pm-5:00pm
THU, June 13 – 1:00pm-5:00pm
FRI, June 14 – 1:00pm-5:00pm

WEEK TWO – Marjorie Lyons Playhouse
MON, June 17 – 1:00pm-5:00pm
TUE, June 18 – 1:00pm-5:00pm
WED, June 19 – 1:00pm-5:00pm
THU, June 20 – 1:00pm-5:00pm
FRI, June 21 – 1:00pm-5:00pm | 6pm GO (Opening/Performance #1)
SAT, June 22 – 1:00 Call, 2:00 GO (Performance #2) | 5:00pm Call, 6:00 GO (Performance #3) +STRIKE/LOAD-OUT (Mandatory for all cast/crew members, and volunteer help is requested. Everyone should plan to stay an extra 30 minutes to clean out spaces/return any props)
SUN, June 23 – OFF FOR FATHER’S DAY

 

Meet Your Camp Staff

Liesl Cruz - Camp Director

Liesl Cruz – Director of Education for Stage Center’s SoPA and active performer in the Shreveport/Bossier arts community, Liesl moved to Shreveport 8 years ago and quickly found her way into the very active art scene.

An avid performer and educator she has more than 30 years of experience in the arts, 20 of which has been devoted to the education of children, youth, and adults. In addition to serving as DoE for Stage Center and teaching Levels 1 & 2 of Triple Threat, and Levels 3 & 4 of acting, Liesl also owns her own private voice studio, serves as a staff musician for FUMC, and performs regularly with the Shreveport Opera, Shreveport Little Theatre, the Emmet Hook Center, and of course Stage Center. Most recently you will have seen her in Shreveport Opera’s Date Night as a variety of eccentric characters or Emmet Hook Center’s The Sound of Music as none other than Maria Von Trapp.

She holds a MS in Early Childhood Education with a focus in Music & the Visual Arts from Indiana University, a BM in vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan University, is certified in all three levels of Somatic Voicework™ , and continues her education by attending workshops and seminars in all topics related to the theater arts as she is able.

Nothing brings Liesl more joy than watching her students gain confidence as they work to develop their Triple Threat skills and fall in love with the art of Story Telling.

Rebecca Vacha - Music Director

Choral Music Director, Airline High School, Grades 9 – 12
Director of Traditional Worship, Noel Memorial United Methodist Church

Ms. Rebecca Vacha received a B.A. in Vocal Performance and M.A.T. in Choral Music from Centenary College where she was a member of the Centenary College Choir and Camerata. She is the current Choral Music Director at Airline High School. Prior to Fall, 2020, she was the Choral Music Director at C.E. Byrd High School.

Additionally, Vacha is the Director of Traditional Worship at Noel Memorial United Methodist Church, where she directs the Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir. Ms. Vacha also serves as the President of the District VIII Choral Directors Association which organizes district-wide events for elementary, middle, and high school choral students.

A highly sought-after soloist, her roles and solo performances include Les Misérable as Cossette (2013), Urinetown as Little Becky Two Shoes (2014), Rags! as Bella (2015), Susannah as Susannah (2016), Beauty And The Beast as Mrs. Potts (2016), Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest (2014 and 2022), and Requiem by John Rutter (2017 and 2022).

Her experience as a Musical Director began in 2019 at C.E. Byrd High School where she music directed Into the Woods. Since then, she has been the music director for The Little Mermaid (2020), Mama Mia (2022), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber on Fleet Street (2022), and Footloose (2023). Ms. Vacha is grateful to be offered the opportunity to collaborate with the brilliant instructors at Stage Center and to bring her musical experience to their students.

 

“…sackfuls of delightful silliness, unflagging energy, and a riot of pink.”Metro

“light, fast, fun and frothy.” The Daily Telegraph

LEGALLY BLONDE CAST

Auditions are held only for students enrolled in our For Kids By Kids Camp I.
Enrollment will take place April 22 – May 3, 2024.

Elle Woods
Elle Woods may appear like a typical blonde California sorority girl, but don’t count her out. She is hardworking, optimistic and tenacious. Cast an excellent performer in all areas: singing, dancing and acting. Most importantly, find a young lady with an earnest, loveable spirit. Gender: Female, Vocal range top: C#5, Vocal range bottom: F#3

Margot, Serena, and Pilar
Margot, Serena and Pilare are Elle’s trio of best friends and Delta Nu sisters. These three roles are perfect for a group of young ladies with great singing and acting abilities, and most importantly, lots of energy! Handpick three girls who make a complementary, dynamic group. Vocal range top: C#5, Vocal range bottom: F#3

Kate
Kate is a featured Delta Nu sister – the acedemic of the bunch. This is a great role for a young performer who has a little more experience than the rest of the Delta Nu girls. Gender: Female

Warner Huntington Iii
Warner Huntington III is a fantastic role for a young man who is both a good singer and actor. He is Elle’s ex-boyfriend and caught between his former life with Elle and his newfound serious East Coast life with Vivienne. Be sure to cast a guy who can play both worlds. Gender: Male

Admission Officers
Winthrop, Lowell and Pforzheimer are three admissions officers of Harvard Law School who eventually admit Elle into the program after some critical evaluation. These performers should be great actors, capable of showing some age and character. Feel free to cast three young actors who may look different but complement one another well. Gender: Any

Emmett Forrest
Emmet Forrest has had to work hard his entire life to get into Harvard Law School, and nothing is going to come between him and becoming a partner in Callahan’s law firm, except maybe his surprising love for Elle. Cast your strongest actor with a great singing voice and the acting chops to boot. Gender: Male

Law Students
Aaron Schultz, Sundeep Agrawal Padamadan and Enid Hoopes are three featured law students with acedemic credits that would intimidate anyone. These are fun roles for actors who can really bring their unique selves to these parts. Cast three young people with distinct personalities and who can make bold choice. Gender: Any

Vivienne Kensington
Vivienne Kensington is the very opposite of Elle, if judging only by demeanor. She comes from a very conservative East Coast background and is everything that Warner needs to make a serious move to become a lawyer. Cast a great singer and an actress who can make the bold transition from being Elle’s nemesis to being her friend. Gender: Female

Whitney
Whitney is Vivienne’s law school friend and partner in mischief when it comes to bringing down Elle.This is fun role for a less experienced performer who has wonderful energy and presence. Gender: Female

Professor Callahan
Professor Callahan is the most-feared professor at Harvard Law School. Be sure to find a young man who can convey authority and strength. Callahan need not be the most experienced singer, as long as he uses his best acting chops to portray this villainous role. Gender: Male

Paulette
Paulette is a wonderful role for your best comedienne. While she is a bold character, her self-esteem needs a little boost now and then. Your performer should be a great singer and an even better actor. Gender: Female

Brooke Wyndam
Brooke Wyndham is a famous fitness video guru on trial for killing her husband. This is a high-spirited role for a young lady who is a triple-threat: a great singer, dancer and actress. Cast an advanced performer who can really portray her very difficult predicament. Gender: Female

Dewey
Paulette’s brash ex-husband who lives in a trailer and holds her dog captive. Although Dewey doesn’t have a lot of stage time, it is a great cameo role for a young man who is less experienced but fearless in his acting choices. Gender: Male

Chutney Wyndham
Chutney Wyndham has a really bad perm and an even worse attitude. She is Brooke’s unhappy stepdaughter who is actually guilty for killing her father and framing Brooke. This is a role for an actress who may be new to the stage but has hilarious instincts. Gender: Female

Kyle
Kyle is the UPS delivery man who Paulette has her eyes on each time his job brings him to the salon. Cast a great actor who may have an Irish Jig in his back pocket. Gender: Male

Salon Employees
Part of Paulette’s entourage at the salon who are very adept at the “Bend and Snap.” Cast three performers who can sing and dance well, and, most importantly, have a lot of personality. This is as wonderful opportunity to put together a group of unique and diverse performers.

Grandmaster Chad
Grandmaster Chad is a fun cameo role for a young guy who is a great musician but may be less experienced onstage.This is a standout role from the other fraternity brothers and requires a lot of energy. Gender: Male

Featured Ensemble
Gaelen, Judge, Jet Blue Pilot, Saleswoman, Store Manager, Prison Guard, Bookish Client and Sabrina are featured roles for young performers who may have less experience on the stage but have vibrant personalities. Foremost, cast a range of actors, each one willing to give their unique voices to these roles. Gender: Any

Ensemble
The ensemble roles consist of Waiters, Delta Nus, Frat Boys, Greek Chorus, Students and Inmates. No role is small, especially in the world of Legally Blonde JR., where actors change hats quickly from character to character. This show is full of energy, so make sure the kids you cast for each and every role are bright and dynamic. Gender: Any

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