YOUNG ARTISTS ENSEMBLE Presents
The 35th ANNUAL TEEN SUMMER MUSICAL
Legally Blonde The Musical
Young Actors Say
They Found The “Depth” in a Seemingly-Shallow piece
Orchestra Directed & Conducted by Susan Treworgy-Calkins
Musical Direction by Tom Walsh
Choreographed by Kate Peltola
Directed by Michael Fischer
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Young Artists Ensemble presents for its Teen Summer Musical production of Legally Blonde directed by Michael Fischer. Performances are July 31 – August 9, 2015 at the Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center, 2323 Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. Legally Blonde is The Tony Nominated Musical and Winner of London's Laurence Olivier Award for Best Show. Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. With some help from new-found friends Paulette, Emmett and her Chihuahua Bruiser she learns that it’s so much better to be smart.
McKenna Tedrick, who is 16 and lives in Moorpark, plays Elle. She says, “The message of finding yourself, is really strong and I think everyone can take something away from the show.”
Parker Apple, who plays Emmett, says, “Legally Blonde has a lot of more depth than I initially thought and it has been really interesting finding the reality in such an animated premise.”
Lauren Alexander, of Newbury Park, says, “It's one of those stories that just works and truly hits everyone in different ways. We all know girls like Elle or boys like Warner but we never see such powerful and meaningful stories about how those girls can rise above the stereotypes they were assigned just for being blonde.” Lauren describes her character, Enid Hoopes, as “your stereotypical ultra-feminist.” She says it’s a complicated character. “It is really challenging to let myself play the role because I still have so much pent up fear of the character. It has really taught me a lot about myself and how to open up to things that are beyond my normal environment.”
Lauren’s dog, Nina, plays the role of Bruiser, Elle’s Chihuahua. Nina was a rescue dog and has learned quickly to deal with the chaos on the stage. Nina says, “Please don’t tell anyone that I’m a girl, playing a boy dog. I love it because I have all my own costumes, but I do get confused with the cues.” Nina was most likely a puppy mill dog and was likely abused because she is often fearful and has lost some of her teeth, and her back legs were previously broken. She has come a long way to just be able to walk and run, let alone getting used to new people. Nina hopes other will adopt dogs like her, who need loving homes.
Natalia Vivino is eighteen years old and lives in Simi Valley. She says “What appeals the most to me about this musical is the way it crushes stereotypes. Of course, most (if not all) of the characters are inspired by a specific "type" in the beginning of the show, but by the very end they prove those images wrong by achieving things that go against what is expected of them.
Premium tickets for LEGALLY BLONDE are $21 Premium seats are $19 for adults and $17 for children, students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased by calling 805-381-1246 or at www.yaeonline.com. There is a 10% discount for groups of ten or more for a single performance. Call (805) 381-2747 or visitwww.yaeonline.com if you have any questions.
Young Artists Ensemble has received many accolades in the past 35 years including the Encore Statue Award from the City of Thousand Oaks for Excellence in the Arts, and Best Innovative Program 2011, Large District from the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts. Most recently, it received seven top honors in the National Youth Arts Awards for the 2013 Teen Summer Musical 42ND STREET, including Outstanding Production, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Choreography, and Outstanding Direction.
WHAT: Legally Blonde is The Tony Nominated Musical and Winner of London's Laurence Olivier Award for Best Show. Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. With some help from new-found friends Paulette, Emmett and her Chihuahua Bruiser she learns that it’s so much better to be smart.
July 31 - August 9, 2015
Saturday, August 1 7:30pm
Sunday, August 2 2:00pm
Wednesday, August 5 7:30pm
Thursday, August 6 7:30pm
Friday, August 7 7:30pm
Saturday, August 8 7:30pm
Sunday, August 9 2:00pm
Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center
2323 North Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA
OTHER: Free parking is always available. Accessible seating available by calling (805) 381-1246.
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