May 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, 2015
May 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2014
Book by Heather Hach. Music and Lyrics by Lawrence O’Keefe and Neil Benjamin. Choreography by Emma Franklin, Anika Grevstad, and Indeah Thomaier
Directed/co-choreographed by Stewart Hawk, with Musical Direction by Carol Burton
Legally Blonde had us falling into the romantic, fantastical, and of course dramatic world of Elle Woods as she added her personal flair to the Ivy League in our production of Legally Blonde. Skye French starred as Elle Woods, with Jacob Caspe as Emmett Richmond, Katya Downey as Paulette Bonafonte, Julia Furukawa as Vivian Kensington, Elijah Ostrow as Warner Huntington III, and Griffen MacCorkle as Professor Callahan.
West Side Story
Book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins
Director/Choreographer Stewart Hawk
Music Direction Carol Burton
Co-Choreographers Emma Franklin, Anika Grevstad, Hallie Huffaker
West Side Story is a timeless romance between two desperate young lovers separated by prejudice. Our talented cast recreated the epic love story portraying the brutal injustice and violence of gangs of New York City’s West Side in the 1950s. The show featured lively dance numbers and impressive vocals, not to mention larger than life costumes, and was a closing-night sellout.
Starring as Tony and Maria were the gifted Augustine Vanden Brulle and Sofia Garcia Galindo. The performers spent hours of rehearsals and hard work re-creating the original choreography by Jerome Robbins, with the guidance of experienced director Stewart Hawk and musical director Carol Burton. The cast radiated great energy and enthusiasm, and their passion brought down the house every night.
The original Broadway production was nominated for five and winner of two Tony Awards, including best choreography, and the film version won 10 Oscars, including Best Picture.
Performances May 3, 24,25, 30, 31, June 1 & 2 2012 Director/Choreographer Stewart Hawk
Music Direction Carol Burton
Co-Choreographers Rachel DeCordoba, Jenna Mitchell, Xueying Chen
It’s 1962 and teenager Tracy Turnblad (Isabelle Marshall) is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show and heart throb Link Larkin (Nick Saether). Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny (Skye French) run home to watch the show. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins (Joey McManus) holds auditions for a replacement.
With the help of her friend Seaweed (Mohammed Jagana), Tracy makes it on the show, angering Amber Von Tussle (Hallie Huffacker) and her mother Velma (Maggie Holmes). Tracy decides that it’s not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle (Jasmine Pratt), her father Wilbur (Jack Sharpe) and mother Edna (Melissa Carter), she’s going to integrate the show.