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Broadway Bound Children's Theatre is pleased to present our Spring 2018 production of Legally Blonde! Jimmy Nixon, founder and executive director, directs three casts of tweens and teens in this lively musical. Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world. Melina Karu joins Broadway Bound for her eighth season as musical director and we're proud to welcome back Kat Ray as choreographer. Legally Blonde is a 2007 musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and book by Heather Hach and based on the book by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture.


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Performances:

Cast 1

June 1st @ 7:00 PM, June 2nd @ 2:00 PM, June 9th @ 7:00 PM, June 10th @ 3:00 PM

Cast 2

June 2nd @ 7:00 PM, June 3rd @ 3:00 PM, June 15th @ 7:00 PM, June 16th @ 2:00 PM

Cast 3

June 8th @ 7:00 PM, June 9th @ 2:00 PM, June 16th @ 7:00 PM, June 17th @ 3:00 PM

Meet our Team:

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Jimmy Nixon - Director & Executive Director

Jimmy Nixon  founded Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre after moving from Hollywood to Seattle in 1996. In the past 21 years, he has lead the growth of a company that began as an after school program serving a handful of students, into a successful non-profit organization that serves more than 1,500 young artists each year. Under Jimmy’s leadership, Broadway Bound has become a premiere youth theatre company in Seattle. Young artist from the program have gone on to appear on virtually all of Seattle’s professional stages, as well as national tours, television and film. Broadway Bound has mounted productions at several venues throughout the city of Seattle, including The Moore, The Paramount, and ACT. As the Executive Artistic Director of Broadway Bound, Jimmy has guided more than 100 musical productions, directing many of them himself. His 2006 production of Annie featured seven casts of young actors who performed in two theatres simultaneously; and his 2007 production of High School Musical sold more than 20,000 tickets at The Moore Theatre. Additionally, Broadway Bound has been recognized for the past seven years by the City of Seattle as a Civic Partner. In 2007, Jimmy led the effort to bring Broadway Bound’s program to South Seattle youth. His production of Dreamgirls opened a dormant Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center with sold out houses and front page coverage by the Seattle Times. His achievement and vision resulted in a partnership with the Seattle Public School District and additional productions at Rainer Beach High School, including Fame, Little Shop of Horrors, Cats, and the Seattle premiere of the new musical God Lives In Glass. Aside from Broadway Bound, Jimmy’s greatest passions in life have been his children, Ryah, Xan, Tayla, Ian, and the love of his life, Elizabeth.

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Melina Karu - Resident Musical Director

Melina Karu is a classically-trained soprano and pianist originally from Yakima, WA. She began her vocal studies under the tutelage of Roger Stansbury and Debra Hardy. Melina first attended Yakima Valley Community College, where she was a two-time KCACTF Irene Ryan Award nominee. Once Hurricane Katrina ended her short stint as a Classical Vocal Performance major at The University of New Orleans, Melina was recruited into the University of Idaho’s new Musical Theatre pilot program. After finishing school and gaining much recognition and praise for her appearances in leading roles in productions at both local and regional levels (including Little Women, Godspell, The Grapes of Wrath with Will & Co. Shakespeare, The Secret Garden, Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding, and playing Cosette in Les Misérables, opposite Lupe Rios as Marius), Melina went on to direct the music for shows at high schools in her hometown (Jekyll & Hyde, Aida, etc.), where she was also named “Yakima’s Best Singer” in 2006. Melina then took time to pursue songwriting and choral arranging before relocating to Seattle in 2008. She is proficient in nearly every style of popular vocal music, and well-versed in niche genres such as yodeling and Celtic music. Melina is also a current member and resident soloist with the Seattle Ensign Symphony & Chorus. This is her eighth season as Musical Director at Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre.

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Kat Ray - Choreographer

Kat Ray is thrilled to be for her second show at Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre. She previously choreographed Beauty and the Beast. Kat has been choreographing youth theatre productions in California for over 15 years and is excited to be a part of such a fantastic and supportive team here in Seattle. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Sonoma State University, studied Musical Theatre at the American Musical Dramatic Academy in NY, and danced with the Lisa Clark Dancers. When Kat isn’t choreographing she’s performing, some of her favorite roles include: Rosemary (H2$) Shelley (BatBoy: The Musical) Rosie/Gorilla (Cabaret) - SCT, Maureen (Rent) - Royal Underground Theatre SF, Woman 1 (Songs For A New World) - Spreckels Performing Arts, Adela (The Little Mermaid) - Berkeley Playhouse, Lily (The Secret Garden) Sandy (Grease) - FCT, Serena (Legally Blonde) Meg (Brigadoon) Antonia (Man of LaMancha) - MST, Lily St. Regis (Annie) - The Woodland Opera House, and Myrtle (Harvey) - Napa Valley Playhouse


Ioana Blanaru - Stage Manager

Ioana Blanaru began her career as a child actor at an opera house in her hometown of Galati, Romania.She has performed in productions of Madam Butterfly, Tosca, and La Boheme, shows with which she has toured throughout Italy in 1996. Between the years of 1997 and 2009 she studied piano and classical guitar at Dimitire Cuclin School of Arts, in Romania. After she moved to the United States, she graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in drama design. Here, she worked as an assistant stage manager and sound design assistant for the University of Washington`s productions of Pentacost, The Real Inspector Hound and 5th Of July. Legally Blonde is Ioana's fifth show with Broadway Bound as a stage manager, previous shows were Annie, High School Musical, Guys and Dolls and Beauty and the Beast. She has also co-directed Willy Wonka with Seattle’s Littlest Performers.


Brianna Landrie - Assistant Stage Manager & Head of Props

Brianna Suzanna Landrie has played many roles at Cornish College of the Arts such as; Dr. Specialist in “The Cradle Will Rock”, Olga Mara/Ensemble in “Singin in the Rain”, Spuria in “Revenger’s Tragedy”, and Sarraghina in “Nine”. Recently she has made her professional acting debut in the production of “Electric Man” and “The Last Croissant”. She is thrilled to be back with Broadway Bound for the second time, and can’t wait to continue with the company. She wants to thank her friends and family. Also, shout out to the the kids in this production they’ve worked incredibly hard, and she is very proud of them.

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