Jenna Lee Thomas, Arizona Cardinals NFL Cheerleader, Returns to Kids On Stage  

St. Joseph , MI (December 16, 2008) – Jenna Lee Thomas is returning to Kids On Stage as Choreographer for their spring production of High School Musical 2.  Miss Thomas is a junior at Arizona State University majoring in Broadcasting at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Currently Jenna is in her Rookie year as an Arizona Cardinals NFL Cheerleader where she performs at games, has choreographed for the team, and travels the country visiting US soldiers.  

National Youth Theatre awarded Jenna the “Outstanding Choreography” award for Kids On Stage’s 2006 production of the original High School Musical.  In addition to HSM, Jenna was choreographer for their productions of Anne Jr. as well as 2006 Summer Theatre Boot Camps.  

Dancing for 13 years, Jenna has studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, cheer, and theatre dance styles, and has taught dance to all age groups for over six years.  

Locally Jenna graduated from Lakeshore High School in 2006 and is also the former Miss Stevensville 2006. Born and raised in Stevensville , MI , Jenna is thrilled to return to her hometown to choreograph for Kids On Stage.   

Kids On Stage is still accepting registrations for their spring production of “Disney’s High School Musical 2”.  Rehearsals will begin Saturday January 3, 2009 and will culminate with performances March 6, 7 & 8 at Lakeshore High School Auditorium.   The show will be performed by students in grade 1-12.  The cast will be split into two separate groups if registration reaches a certain number.  The two casts would then consist of a Junior Trouper cast, grades 1-5 and a Super Trouper cast, grade 6-12.   Some qualified 6th grade students would be given the option of participating in the Junior Trouper cast.  Every child who registers is guaranteed participation in the production, regardless of talent or ability.  Registration volume for this production is expected to be high so early registration is recommended.   

Participants may register by visiting online at and printing out the registration form.  Forms may also be obtained by calling 269 313-2795.  Registration fees are $235 for Super Troupers and $215 for Junior Troupers.  There is an early bird discount of $25 for registrations received and/or postmarked by December 31, 2008.   

Partial scholarships are available to any participant on a “first come/first served” basis.  The application process is initiated by calling Doug Fordyce at 269 313-2795.  Parents of scholarship recipients are asked to help out with the production process by volunteering in some capacity.  No child will ever be turned away simply because of a financial need.  

Kids On Stage is a theatre company dedicated to the development of life skills in children through the performing arts.  Since 1996, as founder and former director of Children’s Music Workshop, Doug Fordyce, along with his wife Jeri, has developed a solid reputation for impacting the lives of children with personal growth through music and theatre.  Kids On Stage is a values driven opportunity for school age kids to grow in self-confidence and communication skills through the preparation and performance of high quality musical productions.  Through this process children learn fundamentals of practical theatre, vocal projection, stage presence, basic choreography and make-up.  Emphasis is placed on teamwork, self-accountability, commitment and self-fulfillment through hard work and accomplishment.  




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