A new musical theatre company for young artists will be making its debut at the Victorian College of the Arts this July, with Legally Blonde JR.

Performing Artists Company (PAC) was set up by Alice Batt and Daniel Cosgrove to bring industry access and experience to young performers wishing to pursue a career in musical theatre.

Legally Blonde JR is presented under the banner of PAC’s Young Industry Project, which was established to bridge the gap between studio training and the professional musical theatre industry. The initiative is aimed at students age 11-17.

Choreographed by Tyrone Anthony, an Australian artist who has recently returned from the Moulin Rouge, Legally Blonde JR features 18 young dancers, chosen from 300 candidates by audition.

With a two-week intensive rehearsal process, the cast includes dancers who have travelled from regional Victoria and NSW to participate.

“While putting on a high quality production will be the end result, we believe the development and insights that the young performers will gain is equally important,” says Batt. “The schedule will see only nine days of rehearsal, so the pace will be fast, as it is in professional productions. There are so many talented young performers that have a thirst to be challenged and we are thrilled to be able to bring this opportunity to life.”

Legally Blonde JR runs 12-14 July at Space 28 at the Victorian College of the Arts. Tickets:

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