The SLT Academy is on stage tonight at the Struthers Library Theatre.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show – Legally Blonde Jr. – begins at 7:30 p.m.
The youth theater group production is led by former SLT Academy students Logan Johnson and Abigail “The show also stars Colin Drayer as Emmett Forrest, Jadenne Fofanna as Paulette Buonufonte, Ethan Monroe as Warner Huntington III, Lilly Branthoover as Vivienne Kensington, Caroline Smyth as Margot, Anna Courson as Pilar, Macy Winicki as Serena, Blake Ristau as the role of Professor Callahan., Alyssa Wismar as Brooke Wyndham, Maxwell Smith as Dewey/Kyle/Pforzheimer, Sydney Johnson as Kiki, Lily Walker as Stylist, Gretchen Wiler as Kate, Ella Getner as Gaelen, Camden Drayer as Grandmaster Chad, Hailey Brush as Enid Hoopes, Chevelle Yeskey as Aaron Schultz, Bianca Villella as Sundeep Argawal Padamadan, Brooklyn Manross as Whitney/Judge, Lydia Balas as Winthrop, Kayla Oaks as Lowell, Natalie Baxter as Chutney Wyndham, Sammy White as Prison Guard/Frat Boy, Marissa Palmieri as Delta Nu, Julia Getner, Evelyn Mechling, Hayden Schuler and Kylie Zurcher as Harvard students, Greyson Ling as Jet Blue pilot and Vivienne Palmieri as Sabrina. said Mara Shene.
The co-directors described the last days of their last show before graduation as “mad.”
Johnson previously co-directed — Lion King Jr. — with Shene a year ago, but this is Wilson’s first time directing.
“When asked what made her feel equipped to take on such a responsibility, she spoke about the first female director she had, Becky Yeager,” Morelle said.
“I remember her telling me at my first (High School Musical Jr.) audition, ‘You have a gift, don’t hide it'” said Wilson. “That’s why I stuck with acting…Because an adult believed in me and what I was capable of…and that’s all it takes.”
Wilson is a senior at Eisenhower High School and will attend Jamestown Business College to earn a degree in health administration.
Johnson is a senior at Warren Area High School. He will attend Point Park University and pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Arts.
Both spent a decade “performing, choreographing and now directing in this theater they, along with countless others, have come to call home”, Morelle said.
“When I was younger, it was the one constant in my life that I could always count on, where I knew everyone would accept, love and support,” says Johnson. “And I knew there was always a place for me, and I think that’s the most special part of this building.”
Both attribute their success to “the people who have always believed in us and supported us” including Sue Spencer, Jen Check, Michael Stenberg, Caitie Webster, Barb Crowley, Becky Yeager and Morelli, they said. “Don’t let fear of failure or judgment hold you back because none of those things exist here. Find your passion and follow your heart because, in the words of Elle Woods, what you want is right in front of you.
SLT Academy is made possible by the Kay Hardesty Logan Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. For more information and tickets, visit www.strutherslibrarytheatre.org.