Summer Youth Musical
June 30, July 1, 2 and 3
Come be wowed by the local talent starring in Chandler’s 2022 Summer Youth Musical—our 24th!—featuring teen and elementary choruses.
The Summer Youth Musical, a nearly quarter-century tradition, continues this year with “Legally Blonde, the Musical,” a fun, upbeat story of self-discovery with Harvard’s beloved Elle Woods taking the stage by pink storm. Auditions begin in March with performances scheduled for June 30 and July 1, 2 and 3.
The Chandler production features teen and elementary-age choruses. Young actors from throughout the region are invited to audition next month by submitting an audition tape and completing an online form at chandler-arts.org by midnight March 20. For their initial audition, actors are required to perform a monologue and a dance number, and to sing. Callbacks, to be held in person at Chandler, begin March 26 by appointment.
Due to the COVID-caused cancellations of many high-school shows and teen performance opportunities, teens who graduated high school during the last two years, and will still be under age 21 in July, may audition for roles in the production.
Randolph native Joshua Huffman, who studies dance, theater and German at University of Vermont, will direct the musical. Huffman’s featured credits include Humpty Dumpty and Mad Hatter in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Standing in This Place” at Chandler’s 2019 Vermont Pride Festival.
Breydan Medbury will act as our Musical Director. Breydan is very excited to be working on his first Chandler Summer Youth Musical! He is currently a Music Education major at the University of Vermont studying classical voice with Rachel Weinfeld as well as instrumental and choral techniques. He has worked on musicals such as Mary Poppins, Into the Woods, the Addams Family, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, On the Town and Les Miserables, as well as Operas such as La Boheme, Madame Butterfly and Carmen. Breydan is an avid gardener and enjoys growing his own vegetables over the summer!
Celeste Piette will be our Choreographer. Celeste a theatre artist currently based in Burlington, VT. She hails from the Northeast Kingdom and is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, where she received a B.A. in Theatre and English. She’s worked on countless shows in almost every role a person can have in the theatre, from writing to directing to wardrobe to acting and of course, choreography. Some of her most recent production credits include To Skip, Or Not To Skip (Playwright & Director, UVM, 2022), She Kills Monsters (Assistant Director, UVM, 2022), and Hamlet (Horatio & Player, Foul Contending Rebels, 2021). When not working on a show, she can be found crocheting and reading Jane Austen. She’s stoked to get to work on one of her favorite musicals with such a great team this summer
Jennifer Stickney will serve as the Elementary Chorus Camp Director.
“After over 10 years of retirement from all things theater,” Stickney said, “I am very pleased to be joining the Chandler team for this production.”
She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a master’s degree in vocal performance from University of Delaware. Over the years, she has performed numerous leading roles in opera and musical theatre in the Philadelphia area. Favorite roles include Josephine in “HMS Pinafore,” Mabel in “Pirates of Penzance,” Maria in “West Side Story,” and Cosette in “Les Misérables.”
“Legally Blonde, the Musical,” is based on the novel by Amanda Brown, which was later adapted into a 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon. The musical opened on Broadway in 2007. “Legally Blonde” music and lyrics are by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin with book by Heather Hach.
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