Bethel Students Hired for Professional Theatre Work During Summer


Jacob Estes and Chelsea Fuller performed in "Legally Blonde the Musical" this summer at The Prizery Theatre in South Boston, Va.


This past summer, seven Bethel University students worked professional theatre jobs. Erika Blake of Newark, Ohio, Cody Allen of Millington, Chelsea Fuller of Huntingdon, Jacob Estes of Medina, Nick Batey of Charlotte, Jamie Sullivan of Cowan and Joy Pointe of Clarksville spent their summer living the dream of being a professional actor, actress or tech. 

     Erika Blake, who graduated from Bethel this past May, was hired through D & G Entertainment in Charlotte, North Carolina and is currently performing four shows a day. Three of the shows consist of Rock and Roll themed music, and the other show is based on country music. 

     “I have learned that hard work pays off, and to always be yourself. It is better for somebody to hire you for who you are than it is for them to hire you for someone you are trying to be. Stick to your roots,” Erika commented.

     Following this contract she plans to audition for cruises and for Disney Theme Parks. Although she loves what she is doing, her dream is to move to Nashville and pursue country music.

     Chelsea Fuller and Jacob Estes played love interests Elle Woods and Warner in the new musical craze Legally Blonde the Musicalat the Prizery Theatre in South Boston, Virginia.

     Serving on the tech crew, Cody Allen, Jamie Sullivan and Joy Pointe also spent the summer with the same company helping to produce three mainstage musicals. Legally Blonde performed to twelve packed houses during its eleven-day run. 

     “The Prizery is honored to have had six students representing Bethel University which has become such an integral part of our Professional Summer Theatre program,” commented Chris Jones, Executive Director of the Prizery. “It began last summer with Jacob Estes playing Jesus in our production of Godspell and continues this year with Chelsea Fuller as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Cody Allen and Joy Pointe as general technicians, Jamie Sullivan as a box-office manager and with Nick Batey playing percussion. We hope that they all will return in the future!  We wish the best of luck to Bethel University and its awesome arts programs!”

     “Renaissance, The Bethel Performing Arts Experience, prides itself on providing performance opportunities that jumpstart students’ careers,” said Travis McLeese, Director of Renaissance Relations. “These students are a prime example of the caliber of performers we have here at Bethel.”