On Sale to Flex & SCOOPS Members – TBD
One Sale to the Public – TBD

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 | KIMBERLY JOHNSON
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 15, Enroll HERE any time through Friday, April 19, 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 April 19, 2024. Payment options & scholarships may be available – Contact us for more information. (One Official Show T-Shirt is included with tuition.
Enrollment: April 15 – 19
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.

Kimberly Johnson - Choreographer

Kimberly Johnson is a native of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and a proud contributor to the vibrant arts scene of Shreveport.

After graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor’s in Performing Arts-Dance, she set out to blend her love for dance with her passion for teaching. She also earned her teaching certification from Louisiana State University Shreveport and later pursued a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration, specializing in Educational Leadership and Administration. Kimberly’s educational commitment earned her the Principal’s Influence Award for the 2017-2018 school year.

Beyond the classroom, she showcased her choreography skills as a guest artist at the Black Choreographers and Dancers Conference in Shreveport, LA in 2018. Teaching at Legacy Dance Studio and serving as resident choreographer at Theater of Performing Arts of Shreveport, Kimberly’s influence spans the local arts community.

 As the Performing Arts Department Director at Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy, she molds young talent and nurtures creativity. Kimberly also shares her expertise with the wider community, leading master classes at events like Caddo Parish’s ArtBreak Festival.

Her favorite role is undoubtedly that of being a wife and a mother of three, who serve as her motivation and the driving force behind her hard work and dedication. Kimberly is both thankful and excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with the teachers at Stage Center, where she can share her choreography skills and inspire their students with her artistic vision.

 

 

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 were held for students enrolled in our For Kids By Kids Camp I.
Enrollment took place April 15 – 19, 2024.

Elle Woods MIA KIIHNL
Bruiser CAROLINE LERCHIE
Margot AUDEN GARRETT
Serena AUBREY BOHN
Pilar AUDREY CLAIRE WAGES
Kate EVIE HENAGAN
Warner Huntington III GABE WILLIAMS
Winthrop JASPER STONEHOUSE
Lowell CATHERINE LIBRO
Pforzheimer DAMON STONEHOUSE
Emmett Forrest DANE BOGOSIAN
Aaron Schultz MACHEN WHITE
Sundeep Agrawal Padamadan EVA KLEINPETER
Enid Hoopes RAY EVANS
Vivienne Kensington MARRI LAYNA COHEN
Whitney FANFEI KONG
Professor Callahan MORGAN MEYER
Paulette McKENNA MARANTO
Brooke Wyndam ANNASYN BURLISON
Dewey MILES MAINIERO
Chutney Wyndham CHLOE THOMPSON
Kyle NATE BOKENFOHR
Kiki DAISEY RUSSELL
Grandmaster Chad IORWERTH TRACEY
Gaelen EMERSON JONES
Judge RILEY HORN
Jet Blue Pilot TRYSTAN STONEHOUSE
Saleswoman JENNA GONGRE
Store Manager DEVYN PROKOPF
Prison Guard MERVEDY REYNOLDS
Bookish Client KALEY WOODS
Sabrina CHARLOTTE DYMOND
Bailiff OLIVIA ROBERSON
Stylist OLIVIA MITCHELL
Cashier ELLA HOLLAND
Ensemble ALORAH ANTILLON, MADDY BOHN, GEORGIA CHAPMAN, LUCY DELATTE, KATE GAUTHIER, ELISE HARPER, MAY HARRIS, LILY HEYDE, ANNABELLE JOHNSON, ANNA KELLEY, SAVANNAH LEE, CAROLINE LERCHIE, SARAH KATHRYN LEWIS, VIOLET MEDLIN, MADELYN PARY, VIVIAN SMITH, ELLIE SPEYRER, LILAN THOMPSON, RACHEL WILLIAMS

SUPPORTED IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE SHREVEPORT REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL WITH FUNDS FROM THE CITY OF SHREVEPORT

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