BRING IT ON

QUEEN BEE ROLE A LABOUR OF LOVE

Southern Telegraph - - News -

Warn­bro teenager Ari­ana Vallejo is comb­ing her love of mu­si­cals and cheer­lead­ing as she steps into the role of a “queen bee” for Black Box Per­form­ing Arts’ pro­duc­tion of Bring it On: The Mu­si­cal, which will be per­formed at the the Kala­munda Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre next month.

Di­rected by Kather­ine Freind, Bring It On: The Mu­si­cal is the story of Camp­bell, cheer cap­tain and pop­u­lar girl at Tru­man High School.

Be­fore she can lead her award­win­ning squad to an­other win at na­tion­als, tragedy strikes, forc­ing Camp­bell to transfer to the mul­ti­eth­nic Jack­son High School.

Knocked off her throne as the queen bee, Camp­bell dis­cov­ers Eva, a plot­ting stu­dent who is re­spon­si­ble for tak­ing her from the top of the cheer pyra­mid.

With a na­tional ti­tle on the line, Camp­bell has to con­vince Danielle, leader of a hip-hop dance troupe at her new high school, to start a cheer­lead­ing squad to help bring on some sweet re­venge.

Fif­teen-year-old Ari­ana plays Nau­tica, who she de­scribed as a “play­ful char­ac­ter”.

“She’s one of the so-called ‘queen bees’ of Jack­son High School,” she said.

“Nau­tica isn’t the sharpest char­ac­ter but she’s ex­tremely con­fi­dent and sassy and has a pas­sion for dance.

“I also need to work with two other queen bee char­ac­ters to keep the trio tight. I’ve al­ways been in­de­pen­dent when work­ing and train­ing, so now I need to step out of my bound­aries to trust and com­mit to oth­ers.”

Ari­ana be­gan per­form­ing at the young age of four and has ap­peared with Black Box Per­form­ing Arts, Nine Lives The­atri­cal Pro­duc­tions, Tu­dor The­atrics, Stray Cats The­atre and The All about Dance Com­pany.

“I have been do­ing mu­si­cals for a long time and I’m a cheer­leader, so putting my two favourite things to­gether into a show such as Bring It On: The Mu­si­cal was def­i­nitely a score for me,” she said.

Freind said the show was full of fan­tas­tic songs and packed with high-en­ergy rou­tines.

“I’m ex­tremely pas­sion­ate about fos­ter­ing youth in mu­si­cal the­atre and the op­por­tu­ni­ties Black Box is pro­vid­ing are a won­der­ful way to do this,” she said.

Orig­i­nally a 2000 film star­ring Kirsten Dunst, Bring It On was adapted into a stage mu­si­cal in 2011 .

Bring It On: The Mu­si­cal plays at 7pm on Fe­bru­ary 2, 3, 7, 8 and 10 and at 1pm and 5pm on Fe­bru­ary 11 at the Kala­munda Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre.

Tick­ets are $25 and $20 for chil­dren and con­ces­sion card hold­ers.

Book at try­book­ing.com/SQJW.

Ari­ana Vallejo (right) com­bines a love of the­atre and cheer­lead­ing in her lat­est per­for­mance.

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