This fantastic musical is brand-new to the region, and has also given us a chance to work with some incredible local talent who making their Renegade debut with this show. Over the past few weeks we’ve given you a chance to meet the members of the cast – both those familiar to Renegade audiences and those performing in their first Renegade show.
But today we are beyond thrilled to introduce you to the choreographer for the show, the fabulous Jennifer Madill Hagen. Chances are you already know her, or know about her.
Jennifer Madill Hagen has been running the Madill P.A.C. with her husband, Dusty since 1999. She has about 500 students, which includes an award winning competition team, adult classes and a team of all boys that has won national honors. She recently won the Masquerade National Dance Educator of the year for 2013. She just wrapped up a run as the role of Lucy in Lundeen Production’s Jekyll & Hyde, opposite her husband Dusty. And yet she somehow not only found time to contribute jaw-dropping choreography to our production, but also to answer our blog questions!
How long have you been dancing/choreographing?
I have been dancing for 30 years (wow!) and have been choreographing for about 20 years.
How did you get involved in this production?
I have wanted to work with Katy and Andy and Renegade for as long as I can remember, so I was thrilled when Peter (the show’s director) asked me to choreograph!
How has the experience been?
It has been an absolute blast! The actors came ready to work hard, and that they did, learning so quickly and retaining the material almost on the spot! They were sponges, wanting anything I had ready for them.
Anything else you’d like us to know?
I was able to be part of Bryce (who plays Pete in the show) Crandall’s journey, teaching him dance at the studio. He heads off for college soon, so one last show seeing him do his thing has been awesome. I’m very proud of him and I think he will do big things in this theater world!