October 1, 2019
Oct. 1, 2019—Cypress Ranch High School graduate Asia Kreitz made her life long dream a reality when she was selected as a member of the ensemble for the national Broadway tour of “Mean Girls.” Kreitz is the first Cypress Ranch theatre student to be cast in a Broadway show.
Kreitz has a long history of performing. She started dancing and acting at age 3 and continued to take lessons in acting, dance, flute, guitar and voice growing up. Kreitz has performed in many shows throughout her young career. Last summer, Kreitz was featured in Houston’s Theatre Under the Star’s production of “Guys and Dolls” and Miller Outdoor Theatre’s production of “All Shook Up.” Earlier this year, Kreitz participated in a local audition for “Mean Girls.”
“The audition process for ‘Mean Girls’ was fun, but long,” Kreitz said. “It consisted of an audition and four callbacks. We had one singing callback, some dance callbacks and the final callback where we read, danced and sang. All callbacks were held in New York.”
After auditions, Kreitz discovered that she had been selected for an ensemble role in the national Broadway tour of “Mean Girls.”
“To say I was thrilled is an understatement,” Kreitz said. “The hardest part was the producers told us we couldn’t tell anyone until all cast members had been contracted. It drove my proud theatre parents crazy that they couldn’t tell anyone, but for the most part, they kept quiet.”
Kreitz’s parents, Gary and Loleda Kreitz, invested in Kreitz’s early career by driving her to and from rehearsals, training lessons and other shows. Gary Kreitz credits CFISD for also investing in Kreitz.
“Much of the credit goes to CFISD for encouraging students to follow their dreams,” said Gary Kreitz. “Thank you to Asia’s teachers for caring about her and pushing her.”
Asia echoes her father’s appreciation for Cypress Ranch and CFISD.
“I was very fortunate to be allowed to transfer to Cy Ranch because of [its] terrific theatre program,” Kreitz said. “The directors, Jane Bankston and Cheryl Bradford, saw that I had potential in being a true performer. They gave me opportunities to lead as dance captain in several musical productions and provided me the opportunity to be a featured dancer.”
Kreitz was accepted into Sam Houston State University as a musical theatre major and hopes to continue performing for as long as she can.
Broadway’s national tour of “Mean Girls” opened Sept. 21 in Buffalo, N.Y. To learn more about the show and tour dates, visit the “Mean Girls” website.