Blue Girl finds love in Tacoma play

A&E: Elise Campello to perform in production of ‘Shout! The Mod Musical’

of the GatewayJanuary 15, 2014 

Elise Campello will be one of five characters in Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s latest production, “Shout! The Mod Musical.”

Campello, 26, lives in Gig Harbor. A Peninsula High School graduate, she’s been acting since she was 8, when she played Mary in “The Secret Garden.”

“I loved it from the get-go,” she said of discovering theater.

Set in 1960s London, “Shout!” follows the lives of five women, the Red, Green, Blue, Yellow and Orange girls, who grow up and struggle with life issues such as relationships. The girls each write into the magazine “Shout!” for advice.

The production is directed by Chris Serface of Tacoma Little Theater. The musical features classic songs from the 1960s such as “To Sir, With Love” and “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.”

Campello’s character, the Blue Girl, has a surprising turnaround in the show. As she struggles with relationships, the Blue Girl eventually comes out as a lesbian. The character sings a duet — “You’re My World” — with the Orange Girl, the real “power ballad” of the musical, Campello said.

The Blue Girl is more self-centered than the other girls in the show, Campello said, but when she opens up about falling in love with a girl named Penelope after the duet, it adds a new dimension.

“It’s not just about her,” Campello said.

She connects with the character’s monologue about noticing wrinkles for the first time. It’s a stage in life when people turn from young to old. New worries begin to crop up, Campello said.

“The 20s are such a big transition in your life,” she said.

Campello briefly lived in Seattle as part of the Adventure Musical Theater with Fifth Avenue. Outside of acting, she’s a nanny.

This will be Campello’s last show for a while; she’s getting married in August. She’s been seen around town in other productions, most recently the Singing Christmas Tree, during which she sang and performed as an aerialist.

The show will run from Friday through Feb. 9. Tickets are available through the box office by calling 253-565-6867 or at TMP.org. Prices are $29 for adults, and there are special rates for seniors, students, military members and children younger than 12.

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