LBHS Theatre opens Mean Girls, see it this weekend, March 15-16

By Sophia Callisto

On Friday, March 8, the LBHS Theatre Program opened their spring musical production of Mean Girls and it was – you guessed it –SO FETCH. The cast and crew of nearly 60 students and staff has been working for the past 10 weeks under the direction of Meghan Minguez-Marshall to bring this production to life.

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Lauren Norrix is Cady Heron in “Mean Girls”

Mean Girls, originally a film, was written by Tina Fey and later adapted for the stage, opening on Broadway in 2018. It tells the story of Cady Heron, a naïve teenager who transfers to an American high school after growing up homeschooled in South Africa. There, she encounters The Plastics, the school’s A-List girl clique. At the persuasion of her two new friends, Janis and Damian, Cady infiltrates The Plastics and devises a plan to take down the group’s infamous leader, the Queen Bee, Regina George. The story engages the audience in a very raw and real look at the realities of social structures and stereotypes, interpersonal relationships, and the journey of one’s

growth and personal identity. It contains strong themes and deals with these issues in an authentic way, through both humor and a moving and impactful resolution.

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T. J. Simmons plays Regina George in “Mean Girls”

“I am so beyond proud of the nearly 60 students involved in this production both on and behind the stage, many of which have been working on this since December,” Minguez-Marshall said. “We have engaged in fruitful conversations about the world of high school today and its impact on students’ mental health, as well as the importance of supporting your friends and standing up for what’s right. We hope the audience enjoys this epic story.” The LBHS counseling team, along with the production team and cast, are even hosting talkbacks this week for students who have attended the show and want to dive into more discussion about the material.

Lauren Norrix, a junior and cheerleader at LBHS, plays Cady Heron. She is joined by senior and powerhouse vocalist TJ Simmons as Regina George, and a cast that commands the attention of the audience through every moment of the story.

“Playing Cady in my high school’s production of Mean Girls has been a highlight of my high school experience,” Norrix said. “Everyone is so talented, and we (cast and crew) have worked so hard to bring this to life. We’re having a great time, and we hope you come to see the show.”

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 “Mean Girls” cast members

The quality of this production from beginning to end is astounding, which speaks not only to the brilliant creative choices of Minguez-Marshall, the vocal direction of LBHS Musical Theatre teacher Lindsey Parker and the rest of the production team, but the sheer level of talent in the cast and the crew. As an ensemble, the entire cast has a

strength that prompted many audience members in attendance last weekend to liken their performance to professional level productions.

Shannon Hardin, a parent of one of the cast members, said, “LBHS Theatre’s current musical Mean Girls is just as good as you would see on Broadway. This level of production from a high school is stunning. From start to finish, you will be entertained.

“It’s funny and sweet with a touching portrayal of teenage angst. They have pulled off a truly brilliant rendition of this show. It is a must see!”

Elizabeth Tedrow, a dance instructor at Broadway Arts Studio in Lake Forest, who attended the production last Sunday, said, “This production of Mean Girls definitely made fetch happen! The singing, dancing and acting is outstanding and there is more than enough reason to make your way to see this incredible show.”

You can still see Mean Girls at the LBHS Artists Theater this coming weekend with shows on March 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m. The show is rated PG-13 due to mature themes and language. Ticket prices range from $10-$25, and are available in advance online only. To purchase tickets via GoFan, visit https://bit.ly/LBMeanGirlsTix.

Editor’s Note: Sophia Callisto is a theater booster parent rep for LBHS.


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