Meet the Dogs of Legally Blonde!

What's a production of Legally Blonde the Musical without the beloved canine companions, Bruiser Woods and Rufus? This past weekend we hosted our first ever open Doggie Auditions, and every dog/handler team brought their a-game! We are happy to announce the four dogs that will take the stage this summer at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Read their interviews below!

AS BRUISER: Sushi

See Sushi as Bruiser Friday July 11 (7:30pm) and Saturday July 12 (2pm). Name: Sushi. Age: 6 Breed: Yorkie Owner: Nasim (more like her personal assistant) Favourite thing: being the centre of attention Most likely to: bask in the sun with her "angry bird" toy. Tricks: the usual sit, stay, down, shake a paw, etc. but her most impressive trick is singing opera. Will be your best friend if: you baby talk to her and tell her how beautiful she is :). Offering a piece of chicken would be a bonus.

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AS RUFUS: Benny

See Benny as Rufus Thursday July 10 (7:30pm), Saturday July 12 (7:30pm), and Sunday July 13 (2pm). Name: Benny Age: 3 and a half Breed: Boston Terrier Owners: James & Tara (Kearyn is the pooch chauffeur) Favourite thing: Digging under the living room table, walking with the other local dogs, playing with my toys. Most likely to: be found making Kearyn's little sister, Natalie, laugh or running laps around the backyard. Tricks: Sit, stay, high-fives... I'll roll over if I like you--or you're holding a treat! Will be your best friend if: You're the one holding the cookie!

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AS RUFUS: Bailey

See Bailey as Rufus Friday July 11 (7:30pm) and Saturday July 12 (2pm). Name: Bailey Age: 6 Breed: Shih Tzu Owners: Peter and Judy Szigeti Favourite thing: Toys that squeak Most likely to: respond to affection Tricks: Dancing in a circle (motivated by a treat) and staying in one position until called Will be your best friend if: you rub her tummy

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For tickets to Legally Blonde the Musical, please visit www.rhcentre.ca or call the box office at 905.787.8811.

Meet Our Elle Woods

Rhiannon Kyle is blonde. She's bubbly. And she's ready to take the stage this summer as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical! Rhiannon is returning to Wavestage Theatre Company for her 15th Season after playing a long list of roles over the years, such as Crissy in Hair, Beth March in Little Women, Sally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and many more! Read on to see what Rhiannon has to say about her run as Elle in this vibrant musical production.

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Rehearsals just kicked off last weekend for this production at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Describe your experience on the first day of Legally Blonde rehearsals. Rhiannon: "Legally Blonde is such a high energy show, and that energy is completely reflected in our cast. On the first day, everyone was bouncing off the walls and was so excited to be there. The entire company is such a fan of the show so it was really great to jump into a project that everyone is so familiar with."

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What can audiences expect from your portrayal of the iconic Elle Woods? Rhiannon: "Laura Bell Bundy and Reese Witherspoon both have entirely different personalities - but they both bring the heart of Elle to life. That's what I love most about the show; a character who many look to as a walking stereotype, but in reality is a genuine friend and has a lot of compassion for others. In my sorority, Delta Delta Delta, the girls in leadership positions aren't the ones who portray the sorority girl role the best, but are strong, capable women who put sisterhood above all else. As Elle, I really hope to bring to life the reasons why everyone loves such a vivacious protagonist."

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Have you ever been treated like a ‘dumb blonde’ stereotype in real life? Rhiannon: "What blonde hasn't! Personally, I hate the word "dumb" - I think everyone is smart in their own way. Once people meet me, or any person for that matter, it's easy to look past the dumb blonde stereotype. I really love to learn and care a lot about school and contributing back to my community."

What’s your favourite song in this musical? Rhiannon: "All of the songs are such high energy pieces that are hard not to love, but my favourite is "Find My Way." It's such a great moment in the show when Elle proves to everyone she is no longer some Malibu ditz and reigns in on what truly matters. Who doesn't love a happy ending!"

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Are there any similarities between yourself and Elle? Rhiannon: "I get called Elle Woods all the time by my friends! We share a signature colour, we're both Geminis, Elle is a President of Delta Nu and I'm a Vice-President of Delta Delta Delta, and we're both blondes! This past year, I shared some similar experiences as well. This past September, I started at Trinity College at UofT, which jokingly gets called the ivy league of UofT. When I first heard "Harvard Variations," I literally laughed at loud at how similar it was to Trin. Being in such an academic environment was a huge transition for me coming from a small town public school, but now I totally feel at home there and I love participating in a variety of campus groups."

What scene are you most looking forward to working on as rehearsals accelerate in the next few weeks? Rhiannon: "This is such an ensemble piece - the entire company is really integral to delivering a high caliber performance. I'm really looking forward to working with such a big cast on all of the group numbers. I feel so lucky to be able to collaborate with so many talented performers; I'm sure the rehearsal process will continue to be a blast!"

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What’s the biggest takeaway of this show for the audience? Rhiannon: "Audiences will come expecting a fun, lighted-hearted evening - which they'll definitely get - but I think audiences won't expect how much heart is in this story. It's a great tale about overcoming challenges and finding yourself, with a nice love story as well. I think people will enjoy going on the journey alongside Elle and can learn a lot from the optimism she gives to all of her struggles."

Don't miss this spectacular summer production at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts from July 10-13! Tickets are available at www.rhcentre.ca or by calling 905.787.8811.

Top 10 Reasons to Register for our Theatre Acting Workshop

Considering signing up for our upcoming 8-week Theatre Acting Workshop? Here are our Top 10 Reasons to register:

  1. It's a great opportunity to go outside of your comfort zone and push yourself to improve your talent.
  2. In general, acting classes will help you get in contact with your emotions; bringing them out from hiding, and facing them. This isn’t going to make you into some huge cry-baby, it’s going to free you on so many levels to feel and express yourself in a truthful way.
  3. It’s well documented that living in the moment will increase your happiness, and decrease your level of anxiety and depression. Acting teaches you exactly that. To act, you must live in the moment. You must focus on being completely in the moment to bring life to the character and to be true.
  4. If you take the leap, you’ll find an arena where experimentation and failure are encouraged in order for you to learn and improve. Through the process of learning to act in front of a group, you will gain a lot of confidence in yourself, your creative abilities, and your ability to perform.
  5. Struggling with creativity? Acting classes can help you get in touch with your creative engine. Acting is an art, and as you do it, you will need the use of your creative abilities. As you learn to exercise your creative muscle, it's effects will start to permeate other areas of your life. Who doesn’t want that?
  6. Through acting classes, you will learn how to tell a story to an audience. Not just to keep an audience’s attention, but to have them on the edges of their seats waiting to hear that next word. This is an incredible feeling, and one which I hope everyone can experience at some point in their lives, through acting or otherwise. In class, you will learn the art of suspense, pausing, and through practice learn how to feel the pulse of the audience.
  7. By acting out the lives of others, we gain a deeper understanding of the human condition. Through great plays, you begin to have a deeper understanding of the world, and will discover things about yourself that may surprise you. You may find courage within you that you never expected. You may find anger, sadness, or immense happiness where you never looked before. As you work through these emotions, you will get in touch with your true self.
  8. Having an audience eat from the palm of your hand is nice, but sometimes you just need to know how to get a very important point across to one person. An acting class can teach you not to suppress your emotions and how to use your body to communicate effectively. This can help in any situation where you need to make a point.
  9. We’ve become a largely cerebral society. We think and think about everything, and are constantly trying to become more aware of our mind and spirit. But what about our bodies? They are the vessel with which we connect our mind and spirit with the world. Learn how your body moves, and the emotions it can bring out. Learn to really get in touch with your body, and what it’s telling you.
  10. Following your impulses. This is key to finding your creative engine, and living in the moment. In acting, you learn to follow your impulses. Though not always practical outside of acting, at least being aware of your impulses is a great start to living more truthfully to who you really are.

REGISTER TODAY! You can be part of a great tradition spanning back more than a thousand years; the tradition of putting on a performance for changing a moment in time, and making magic.

Thoughts for a New Year

Every year new young actors hatch out of the womb and fly into the world of theatre. This terrifies many a seasoned actor out there. They live in fear of the new breed of actor bursting onto the scene with renewed energy and vigor – devouring the roles that would otherwise have been handed to the more mature players. To these worried actors I say – remain calm and act on. You have a talent and genuine experience on the stage that the younger breed do not have. Yes, the youthful actor has age on their side, they have perfect bodies and great hair, and some of them may even be able to walk, talk, dance and act at the same time. But this is nothing to worry about. Indeed, some of them may even be quadruple threats – but you must remember that they are new and have lots to learn. You are the ones who have had all the real life theatre experience – so do not be disheartened.
For the young actors if you are lucky, you might get into the chorus and be backstage moving some props around. One day you may even be elevated to an secondary lead with more responsibilities – and finally some day you will get up in a leading role indeed, before you know it you will be thrust into the limelight and your big chance will arrive. And when this moment happens you have to remain calm, speak clearly, face the right way, remember your choreo, blocking, and lines, and then you will turn to the seasoned veteran and ask for tips.
Whether you are old or young Wavestage welcomes you. 2013 is the year you take control. It is the year when you stop moaning about what actor you want to become and simply become it.
Over the years I have heard many actors complaining that they don’t feel prepared for auditions. Use this new year to take control and be prepared. If you feel unprepared, learn a new song - or at least start singing one that you know already know in a different way.
Every little step you make in progressing your skills will make you feel more positive.
That’s what we all need. A positive outlook. And if you are feeling down? Do a ball-change, or simply display your jazz hands for the world to see. It is amazing what a spontaneous jazz-hand can do to your mood. And indeed not only your mood but the mood of everyone else around you. And a ball change? A ball change is accepted anywhere. Do it in your gym, your local Starbucks, Metro or Longos line up, anywhere.
To those coming out to Wavestage auditions  - celebrate, live, and be merry – whether you are actors, crew, wardrobe, dressers, lighting designers, set builders, whoever you are – you are a part of Wavestage.
Embrace it. Love it. Enjoy it. Be proud.
Because after all, you’re in it because you want to make a magical moment, make a difference, share a story, and express a heightened emotion live.
I remind you that by coming out to perform and by coming out as an audience member you are helping keep theatre alive. 2013 is the year to support theatre, make a difference, find a positive outlook and get up and act.
Happy New Year.
Sarah Kyle
Artistic Director
Wavestage Theatre Company
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