Hey Girl Powerettes!
Bring It On is one of our fave classic movies here at GPHQ, so we’re super excited to hear that BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL is heading our way! It’s premiering in Australia on June 27 and will play at NIDA Theatres in Kensington, NSW until July 9.
The musical follows heroine Campbell, who has always dreamed of becoming head cheerleader of the Truman High School squad. She finally achieves her dream, only to be moved to neighbouring school, Jackson High! This tough school doesn’t even have a cheerleading squad. Will Campbell find a way of achieving her goal of competing in the National Championships?
We had a chat to the lovely Alex Lewtas, who plays Campbell to find out all about this awesome musical…
Hi Alex! Tell us a bit about your character, Campbell.
Campbell is a total optimist; she’s the All-American girl, who is made captain of the cheerleading squad, with big ambition and dreams ahead of her. No matter what challenges she is faced with, she always does so with a smile on her face and is always looking for a positive outlook on things. What I love the most about Campbell is her determination; she strives for perfection (a little like myself) in all she does, there are so many times in the show that she could be defeated, but she chooses not to give in, and continues to fight to work towards her goal.
There are quite a few Bring It On movies, does the musical follow any particular one?
The Musical itself is a little different from the original movie, however is very similar to the third film Bring It On – All Or Nothing, starring Hayden Panettiere and Solange Knowles. There are similar references to each of the ‘Rival Schools’ and follows the lead character as she is forced to transfer and leave her old cheerleading squad.
What was the audition process like? Did you have to go through many rounds?
There was such a positive vibe surrounding the auditions, which is quite fitting considering the amount of ‘Cheer Spirit’ required for the show. As soon as we stepped into the door for our first dance audition, we were introduced to exactly what would be required for performances – strong, energetic dance and clean, sharp strength in the cheer stunts and lifts. After we danced, and completed a few cheerleading lifts with the guidance of our Cheer choreographer, Melissa Mackenzie, we were then required to sing. Callbacks were fun, I was originally called back to sing/read for the role of ‘Bridget’. However, when I had finished my audition for the quirky character, the creative team asked if I could return an hour later and perform Campbell’s solo ballad. So I grabbed the sheet music and my iPod and worked on the song in the car park outside until it was my turn to go back and audition again, this time for the lead role.
What’s preparation been like in the lead up to performances? Did you have to go to a special boot camp or have lessons?
The show is very physically and vocally demanding, and the training in preparation has been at an elite level. We have spent many rehearsals at ‘Sydney Altitude’ being whipped into shape, as it is crucial that the cast maintain strong stamina and fitness to dance, sing and throw each other into the air all at the same time. Whilst as a dancer, I consider myself quite a fit person – this show requires even more stamina and strength than ever before, most rehearsals include a High Intensity Boot-Camp style warm-up to ensure our show fitness is at it’s best! We have been working hard progressing from beginner level to professional cheerleaders by opening night, in such a short period of time!
Wow! What’s your favourite number to perform?
My favourite number to perform would have to be ‘Bring It On’ at the End of Act 1. This is the moment where Campbell decides to get revenge on her rival Eva, by assembling a squad at Jackson High School and to beat her old squad at Nationals. This number is all about Campbell’s determination, fueled by her outrage of the challenges that have been thrown her way and her dreams being crushed by Eva, this is Campbell’s big moment to come back stronger than ever!
How are you feeling in the lead up to the show? Excited? Nervous?
I am bubbling with excitement to be a part of this show. It is the most incredible opportunity to be in the Australian Premiere, surrounded by an extremely talented cast. Whilst the excitement is always there – the nerves are definitely kicking in!
Do you have any pre-show rituals or superstitions?
I drink a LOT of water, green tea and more water before going on stage! I like to take a bit of a relaxed walk around the stage to get a feel for the space that I will be performing in, have a nice big stretch and warm-up to feel really comfortable in my body. We have such a supportive cast & team, and I have made some wonderful friends who I can’t wait to share a few last-minute good luck hugs with before the show begins, and create our own rituals together.
What’s up next for you?
I am currently choreographing Keating! with Birdie Productions, which opens just a week after we close Bring It On! After that, I will be continuing my training and auditioning for whatever opportunities come my way, I am excited for what the future holds – whatever that may be!
For more details about the musical, or to buy tickets, head to: www.bringitonthemusical.com.au!
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