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OMG you guys!!! Announcing Legally Blonde The Musical, starring local high school students from Waterloo Region in the inaugural Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy High School Musical Production.

A fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

This exciting new High School Musical Production Program allows high school students across the tri-cities to learn valuable life skills gained by participating in a fully-staged Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy Production.

February 15 to 26, 2023
St. Jacobs Country Playhouse

Drayton Entertainment has been steadily growing its training offerings for young performers over the past several years, including launching its new, state-of-the-art training hub, The Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy. Its mission is to provide performing and technical arts training opportunities anchored in the Drayton Entertainment brand of live theatre excellence, facilitated by professional industry mentors. The program is designed to cultivate community, incite leadership, ignite imagination, and boost confidence in a socially aware, inclusive environment.

The High School Musical Production Program will offer 100% barrier-free access, including financial, emotional and physical, to unite students from different backgrounds, identities, cultures, abilities and interests, completely free of charge. Drayton Entertainment is committed to diverse, inclusive casting without regard to disability, ethnocultural identity or gender.

This exciting new High School Musical Production program allows students across the tri-cities to be mentored by professionals in ALL departments, both on stage and off. We’re seeking passionate theatre-makers, whether their passion lies in performing or technical arts, to gain the hands-on, transferable life skills required to present a fully-staged Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy Production.

Associate Artistic Director David Connolly will direct and choreograph. Connolly’s impressive résumé includes numerous Drayton Entertainment productions including Mamma Mia!, Kinky Boots, Annie, Hairspray, Disney’s Newsies, and the popular family Pantos: Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Aladdin and Snow White.

“As we look to the future, we are committed to providing positive experiences for the next generation of artists onstage and behind-the scenes, which transcend the arts to shape future leaders and community-minded citizens. This production will provide an opportunity for us to support a broad generational shift in society by creating a socially aware and inclusive environment where these talented young people can flourish.” 

–ALEX MUSTAKAS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DRAYTON ENTERTAINMENT

We strongly believe that skills developed through participation in the arts are becoming increasingly important in the workplace, in all sectors, and are essential to a young person’s success in developing a fulfilling life. We also believe that today’s post-pandemic world presents new, difficult challenges that arts education can help overcome.

A few of these parallel life skills include:

1. DEVELOPING CREATIVITY
Now more than ever, employers are looking for creative thinkers who can move their business forward, not just academic achievers who know how to maintain the status quo. Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think ‘outside of the box’ will distinguish arts students from others.

2. DEVELOPING CONFIDENCE
The real time reward that comes with stepping out of your comfort zone, taking risks, learning from mistakes and willingness to try new things with new people results in increased self-worth and a deep sense of belonging.

3. DEVELOPING FOCUS
The ability to focus is a key skill developed through ensemble work. Whether you’re in a big production number onstage or working together with fellow crew members, keeping a balance between listening and contributing involves a great deal of concentration and focus. It requires each participant to not only think about their role, but how their role contributes to the big picture of what is being created.

4. RECEIVING CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK
Receiving constructive feedback is a regular part of any arts instruction. Children learn that feedback is part of learning and it is not something to be offended by or to be taken personally. It is something that is a valuable experience and greatly contributes to the success of the final piece.

5. ACCOUNTABILITY
When children practice creating something collaboratively, they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people. They learn that when they are not prepared or on-time, that other people suffer. We also learn to acknowledge mistakes, learn from them and move on. This is a crucial skill to learn early in life because it contributes to the development of integrity of character, which every employer is seeking in a staff member.

All of this, plus even more life skills like perseverance, understanding, body language, collaboration, and dedication are the reason we do what we do.

The High School Musical Production Program is being offered at no cost to the participants. Participants will not be paid. Participants can count their rehearsal and performance hours as Volunteer Hours.

Auditions are now closed

Lead Roles

Elle Woods
(Gb2-G5 Soprano Belt) – Elle is a very bubbly college-age girl who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law School and realizes that she has more than just a pretty face and a bubbly personality to offer the world! She is very lovable, determined, vulnerable, energetic and outgoing! A true triple threat, tap dance skills are a plus.

Audition songs:

Emmett Forrest
(B2-A4 Tenor) – Emmett is a smart, quirky, sensitive and personable law student. He ends up taking Elle under his wing and believes in her when it seems that no one else does. A strong singer/actor with great comedic timing!

Audition songs:

Paulette Buonufonte
(A3-A5 Soprano Belt) – Paulette is the funny owner of Hair Affair, a local salon. She becomes friends with Elle and longs to marry a man from Ireland. She and Elle help each other achieve their dreams! Must be comfortable with dogs. A Bostonian accent is a plus, a strong singer with a powerful belt to match the personality!

Audition songs:

Professor Callahan
(A2-F#4 Baritone) – Callahan is a pompous and manipulative law professor at Harvard. Callahan should be charismatic but able to turn instantly into a conniving shark at the turn of a hat.

Audition songs:

Warner Huntington III
(Eb3-Ab4 Tenor) – Warner is attractive and charming but very self-absorbed. He will do whatever it takes to achieve his dream of becoming a senator, including breaking Elle’s heart. Actor must be very comfortable on stage to best display the character’s charisma!

Audition songs:

Vivienne Kensington
(A3-F5 HUGE Soprano Belt) – Vivienne is an overachieving, stuck-up, wealthy, smart and savvy law student who is intellectually driven. Yet she feels very threatened by Elle’s presence at Harvard.

Audition songs:

Brooke Wyndham
(A3-G5 Alto or Soprano) – Brooke is an exercise video star and former Delta Nu sorority girl who was accused of murder. Being physically fit is a must for this role, to properly do high level aerobics with enough stamina to continue singing.

Audition songs:

Featured Roles

Enid Hoopes
A Harvard Law student with a passion for social issues, regularly organizing initiatives to aid with her causes.

Vocal range: Mezzo-soprano belt, G3-G5

Audition songs:

Serena
A Delta Nu sorority sister and energetic cheerleader. Member of the Greek Chorus.

Vocal range: Mezzo-soprano belt, G#3-F5

Audition songs:

Margot
A Delta Nu sorority sister who is known for her dim-wittedness and obsession with boys. Member of the Greek Chorus.

Vocal range: Mezzo-soprano belt, G#3-F5

Audition songs:

Pilar
A Delta Nu sorority sister who is sensible and sassy. Member of the Greek Chorus.

Vocal range: Mezzo-soprano belt, G#3-F5

Audition songs:

Kyle B. O’Boyle
(no vocal requirement) – Kyle is a physically fit, smooth-talking UPS deliveryman. We soon find out that he is Paulette’s dream guy. Irish dancing skills are a plus!

Ensemble Roles

Delta Nu sorority sisters, Member of the Greek Chorus including Kate, Gaelen, and Leilani

Store Staff including Sales Woman A department store saleswoman. Store Manager A department store manager.

Restaurant Customers and Restaurant Violinist A musician at the restaurant.

Elle’s Mom (C4 – E5 Alto) – High society socialite from Malibu.

Elle’s Dad (D3 – E#4 Baritone) – High society golfer from Malibu.

UCLA Students includingGrandmaster Chad A Southern California resident known for partying. Aaron A millionaire law student. Padamadan A law student. Whitney A party hostess.

UCLA Staff including Winthrop A Harvard admissions officer. Lowell A Harvard admissions committee member. Pforzheimer A Harvard admissions committee member.

Jet Blue Pilot, UCLA Marching Band, UCLA Cheer Team

Salon Staff including Cashier An ex-Laker girl and cashier at Paulette’s hair salon Kiki the Colourist

Court Room Guests including Nikos A witness called to the stand during Brooke Wyndham’s trial Carlos Niko’s “best friend” Chutney Wyndham Brooke’s step-daughter Judge, T/V Reporter, DA Joyce Riley, Prosecution Team, Jurors

ADDITIONAL ENSEMBLE: UCSD students, Prisoners/Dancers at Boston’s Women’s Correctional Facility, Harvard Law students, Courtroom spectators and trial personnel, Sales personnel, Parade Dancers.

If you’re interested in being in our ensemble, we ask that you sing one of the character’s materials listed above. Pick the character that best suits your personality and voice.

*not everyone will be called to all rehearsals
*rehearsals will be held at the Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy until moving to the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse (SCP), as below:

Jan 7 10-5PM
Jan 8 10-5PM
Jan 10 4-8PM
Jan 12 4-8PM
Jan 14 10-5PM
Jan 15 10-5PM
Jan 17 4-8PM
Jan 19 4-8PM
Jan 21 10-5PM
Jan 22 10-5PM
Jan 24 4-8PM
Jan 26 4-8PM

Jan 28 10-5PM
Jan 29 10-5PM
Jan 31 4-8PM
Feb 2 4-8PM
Feb 4 10-5PM block on stage SCP
Feb 5 10-5PM block on stage SCP
Feb 7 4-8PM evening TBA Run through no tech SCP
Feb 9 4-8PM TBA Q-Q Tech SCP
Feb 10 4-8PM TBA Q-Q Tech SCP
Feb 11 11:00AM-9:30PM Q-Q Tech SCP
Feb 12 11:00AM-9:30PM Tech and Dress Rehearsal #1 SCP
Feb 14 4-9PM evening TBA Dress Rehearsal #2 SCP

Shows at SCP
*Call times will be one hour before each show.

Feb 15 10:30AM (school) and 7:30PM
Feb 16 7:30PM
Feb 17 7:30PM
Feb 18 2:00PM and 7:30PM
Feb 19 11:30AM and 4PM

Feb 22 10:30AM (school) and 7:30PM
Feb 23 Thu 7:30PM
Feb 24 7:30PM
Feb 25 2:00PM and 7:30PM
Feb 26 11:30AM and 4PM

*Possible extension until March 5

Your January schedule will depend on what department you are joining. We will try our best to accommodate conflicts, but count on between 20-30 hours throughout that month. The February schedule is as follows:

Feb 2 4-8PM
Feb 4 10-5PM block on stage SCP
Feb 5 10-5PM block on stage SCP
Feb 7 4-8PM evening TBA Run through no tech SCP
Feb 9 4-8PM TBA Q-Q Tech SCP
Feb 10 4-8PM TBA Q-Q Tech SCP
Feb 11 11:00AM-9:30PM Q-Q Tech SCP
Feb 12 11:00AM-9:30PM Tech and Dress Rehearsal #1 SCP
Feb 14 4-9PM evening TBA Dress Rehearsal #2 SCP

Shows at SCP
*Call times will be one hour before each show.

Feb 15 10:30AM (school) and 7:30PM
Feb 16 7:30PM
Feb 17 7:30PM
Feb 18 2:00PM and 7:30PM
Feb 19 11:30AM and 4PM
Feb 22 10:30AM (school) and 7:30PM
Feb 23 Thu 7:30PM
Feb 24 7:30PM
Feb 25 2:00PM and 7:30PM
Feb 26 11:30AM and 4PM

*Possible extension until March 5

NOTE:  Parents should note that Legally Blonde contains mature content (PG-13) and should familiarize themselves with the story before agreeing to have their child audition.

A detailed plot synopsis can be found here.

The MTV ‘Pro-Shot’ of the musical can be found here.

For more information, please contact Youth Academy Administrative Director, 
Randi Perriam, randi@draytonentertainment.com, 519-804-1100 xt 902