Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy Announces Cast and Crew of Legallly Blonde

Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy Announces Cast and Crew of Inaugural High School Musical Production

After multiple interviews, auditions and callbacks, the Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy is proud to announce the remarkable cast of talented youth assembled for its inaugural High School musical, both on and off stage. The beloved musical Legally Blonde will be on stage at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse from February 15 to 26, starring 50 high school students from the Waterloo Region.

A fabulously fun musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical follows trailblazer 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 students across the Waterloo Region to learn valuable life skills gained by participating in a fully-staged Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy Production.

The award-winning not-for-profit theatre company 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.

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 Wizard of Oz, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Cinderella.

 “Arts education enhances creative problem-solving, strengthens critical thinking and communication skills, and helps to develop confidence, collaboration, perseverance, focus, and more,” says Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. “We know there are not enough opportunities for young people interested in theatre to develop and practice their skills, so we are excited to offer this unique opportunity for students to work together to put on a show guided by professional mentors. There is a wealth of young talent in this area, and we feel it is our responsibility to help nurture the artists and leaders of tomorrow.”

Evlyn O’Toole from St. Michael Catholic Secondary School is Elle Woods.

Mitchell Cruickshank from Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute is Emmett.

Sevile Schryer from Eastwood Collegiate Institute is Vivienne.

James Wright from Eastwood Collegiate Institute is Callahan.

MacKenna Van Massenhoven from Strathroy District Collegiate Institute is Paulette.

Rounding out this exceptional youth cast are Addi Butchart from Eastwood Collegiate Institute as Brooke Wyndham, Lainey Schyven from Eastwood Collegiate Institute as Serena, Joyce Sun from Eastwood Collegiate Institute as Margot, and EmmaLea Thomas from STEAM Academy as Pilar.

Students from across the region will be backstage in all departments including lighting, sound, the running crew, stage management, wardrobe, and the band, along with the respective Drayton Entertainment Department Heads.

The following is a complete list of cast and crew involved in creating the inaugural High School Musical Project: Legally Blonde: The Musical.

Bluevale Collegiate Institute

Alyssa Panda

Zakia Selim

Eowyn Ford

Eastwood Collegiate Institute

Joyce Sun

Addi Butchart

Isabella Castillo

Leah Coupal

David Cunningham

Megan Dart

Caleigh De Vito

Lauryn Hayden

Emma Hortie

Elias Poulin

Sevile Schryer

Benji Schyven

Erin Tell

Aspen Walsh

James Wright

Alastair Yantha

Favour Arisekola-Ojo

Logan Miller

Megan Haas

Miles Shephard

Zoe Mcwhirter

Forest Heights Collegiate Institute

Emery Oudshoorn

Emma Van Dijk

Paige Moulton

Grand River Collegiate Institute

Naomi Lofft

Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute

Kaitlyn Kuiper

Mitchell Cruickshank

Megan Hill

Resurrection Catholic Secondary School

Emily Buchanan

Maddie Young

Sydney Kedmenecz

Rockway Mennonite Collegiate

Ariba Imran Idrees

St Benedict Catholic Secondary School

Charleigh Perry

Olivia Silva

St Davids Catholic Secondary School

Connor Foran

Lucas Coutts

STEAM Academy

Emmalea Thomas

Strathroy District Collegiate Institute

Mackenna Van Massenhoven

Waterloo Collegiate Institute

Alex Caldarelli

Carter Johnston

Kyri Friedman

Anna Castro

Lauren Roth

Noah Snow

St. Michael Catholic Secondary School

Evlyn O’Toole

Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute

Miranda Blair

Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School

Ella Way

The inaugural Drayton Entertainment High School Musical Production is on stage from February 15 to 26 at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse.

The major sponsor of this initiative is Brad Carr of West Montrose, in honour of his high school drama teacher, Mr. Gord Davis (Elmira District Secondary School). Additional support is generously provided by TD Bank, and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. The Season Sponsor of all Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy Programs is Heffner Group of Companies.

Tickets are $40 for adults, $30 for youth under 20, and $35 for groups of 20 or more. HST is applicable to all ticket prices. Tickets may be purchased by calling toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866), or online at https://www.draytonentertainment.com/legally-blonde.

Trina Stewart is the Editor of HOMES+ Locale Magazine. Originally from Cambridge, Ontario, Trina loves exploring the area and embracing the activities, events, and local businesses.

Trina Stewart

Trina Stewart is the Editor of HOMES+ Locale Magazine. Originally from Cambridge, Ontario, Trina loves exploring the area and embracing the activities, events, and local businesses.