Director Lara Ganz, who has directed numerous youth shows for Paul Revere Middle School and also for Theatre Palisades said in an April 16 email to CTN, “The show, Mean Girls, is REALLY good! Probably the best we’ve ever done. The kids are so incredibly talented!”
If you did not make it to the show last weekend, there are still four shows this coming week, Thursday, April 20 at 3 p.m., April 21 at 7 p.m. and two shoes on Saturday, April 22, one at noon and 4 p.m. at the Revere auditorium at 1450 Allenford.
There are more than 40, sixth, seventh and eighth graders who are participating. Gans said “Many actors are from the Palisades, and we also have cast members from as far away as Inglewood, Crenshaw, and Pasadena.”
When a cast member was asked why kids (and their parents) should come see our show, she said, “This story is really important because it relates to real life. It shows the value of true friendship and how important it is to see people for who they really are.”
The musical Mean Girls, written by Tina Fey, was based on the 2004 film of the same name. It premiered as a musical in October 2017 and opened on Broadway in 2018. Covid dictated its final performance in March 2020.
The story revolves around high school student Cady. She has moved with her parents to a Chicago suburb from Kenya, Africa, where she was homeschooled.
She desperately wants to fit in. Navigating the different cliques and in particular “The Plastics,” the top girl group in the social hierarchy, results in Cady losing her moral compass and sight or what is important.
Ganz said she selected this play because “middle school is a whirlwind of self-discovery, intense growth, learning what isn’t cool to care about, finding that we care too much.
“The content of Mean Girls is so reflective of the lives of our young actors; they understand the material deeply because they live through similar experiences and the resulting emotions every day,” Ganz said and notes that the show navigates difficult friendships, the theme of fitting in and the importance of the community.
But as the character Cady learns and shares with friends, and the audience, “I will look out for you, we’ll light each other’s way.”
Nathan Heldman is the music director, and the choreography was split between choreographers: Rebecca Brancato Barragan, Mark Machillo and Aaron Jung.
Emma Feeheley, the founder of Sugar-strut Dance-wear and pageant queen/reality star, worked with actors to transform into “The Plastics.”
General Admission is $15 and student/senior admission is $12. There are VIP front rows seating available for a higher price. ($30/front row, $25/second row/$20 third row). Tickets are available at the door or here is the link to purchase in advance: click here.
Lara Ganz is a gift to the west side youth. She makes every participant in her productions feel confident, safe and valuable. Ebullience and joy are consistent in her guidance, she is magic, and she truly cares about the struggles of young people as she guides them through the experience of performing. Her talented staff work as a fine tuned organization of total positive energy.