CHICAGO
Role: Roxie Hart Photo: Leslie Cusano
CHICAGO
Role: Roxie Hart Photo: Leslie Cusano
CHICAGO
Role: Roxie Hart Photo: Leslie Cusano

CHICAGO

 

Boye impressed as a future musical-comedy powerhouse with her knockout, take-no-prisoners performance… As kewpie-doll chorine wannabe Roxie Hart, adorable YSU sophomore Boye reminded me of the young Shirley MacLaine (high praise indeed), and makes everything she does—acting, singing and dancing — seem positively effortless.

 

Milan Paurich, The Youngstown Vindicator

Kayla Boye is not at all upstaged as Roxie Hart. Her doll-like facial features and cute character voice immediately charm the audience. Both Boye and Hagan are all-around standouts, handling the physical and vocal parts like they're seasoned performers. Boye shines in 'My Baby and Me' in the second act… An easy highlight of the show is Palumbo and Boye together in 'We Both Reached For the Gun.' The talent of both actors is so clearly obvious in this number, bringing the audience to a roar as they handle incredibly complex lyrics and choreography. 

 

Katie Libecco, Valley24

 

Performances which were really amazing during the show included… the choreography of the entire stage, especially Kayla Boye (Roxie) and Brian Palumbo (Billy) during

'We Both Reached for the Gun.'

 

I Will Shout Youngstown

 

MARY POPPINS
Role: Mary Poppins Photo: Every Angle Photography
MARY POPPINS
Role: Mary Poppins Photo: Every Angle Photography
MARY POPPINS
Role: Mary Poppins Photo: Every Angle Photography

MARY POPPINS

 

"I'm a humongous fan of Kayla Boye, both on stage and off. She's just a very special human being and a very special talent."

 

Bernie Appugliese, Director,

as quoted in The Tribune Chronicle

The theater’s holiday production of “Mary Poppins"... captured the magic of the Broadway show (which is more compact, and just plain better than the movie). Kayla Boye made a cool little Mary with a smile that was whimsical and smug, and the rest of the cast, especially the two children, were a joy to watch.

 

Guy D'Astolfo, The Youngstown Vindicator

 

The Playhouse cast stages a magical "Mary Poppins." [Boye] was able to portray the titular role with her own unique contributions without eroding that recognizable Mary Poppins look.

 

Eric McCrea, The Youngstown Vindicator

 

A CHRISTMAS STORY
Role: Miss Shields Photo: Perry Lentine Photography
A CHRISTMAS STORY
Role: Miss Shields Photo: Perry Lentine Photography
A CHRISTMAS STORY
Role: Miss Shields Photo: Perry Lentine Photography

A CHRISTMAS STORY

 

Kayla Boye shows off her sexy triple threat talent as schoolteacher Miss Shields, particularly in, “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out.”

 

Chicagoland Musical Theatre

 

 

 

 

Kayla Boye is a dynamo in the tap number and the glorious “Ralphie to the Rescue.” In fact, these two numbers are worth the price of the ticket on their own.

 

Al Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago

 

 

MAME
Role: Ensemble
MAME
Role: Ensemble
NOT NOW, DARLING
Role: Miss Tipdale

MAME

 

"Here is a production, complete with a vibrantly talented ensemble, that would make Jerry Herman grin with pride."

Chicago Theatre Review

 

"Broadway-quality! The company excelled in the rousing production number, Mame, and the stage was filled by a highly talented young singing and dancing ensemble. I was exhausted when the curtain came down just enjoying the big, big dance number!" 

Showbiz Chicago

 

 

 

 

"★★★★! Perfection!

The ensemble is so solid in every move."

Around the Town Chicago

 

"Kudos to choreographer Clayton Cross and his high-stepping kicklines and cakewalks."

Chicago Reader

 

"The large ensemble performed beautifully."

Chicago Now

 

NOT NOW, DARLING

 

"Kayla Boye as Miss Tipdale, Bodley and Crouch’s efficient and devoted girl Friday, is every bit as sparkling and hilarious. Ms. Boye conveys the driving, enterprising sharpness of her two supervisors, while still maintaining a flirtatious, girlish charm that makes Tippers so delightful and important to the plot." 

 

Chicago Theatre Review

 

 

 

 

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Role: Mrs. Tottendale Photo: Al Freeman
BYE BYE BIRDIE
Role: Ursula Merkel Photo: Al Freeman
CURTAINS
Role: Bambi Bernet Photo: Casey Cox

CURTAINS

 

Also terrific are…Rob Dumovic and Kayla Boye (two more wonderfully gifted YP newbies).

 

Milan Paurich, The Youngstown Vindicator

 

BYE BYE BIRDIE

 

The production establishes the right tone from the start; the choreography is animated and creative, while the singing deftly captures mood and emotion...The cast captures the satiric tone of the piece in many ways. They include the teenage girls of Sweet Apple placing their hands over their hearts, one by one and with a flourish, to cite the "Conrad Birdie Pledge." The small town girls squeal and faint at the mere mention of his name. In this production, cast members playing those girls do so with the right dose of exaggeration.

  

Aaron Krause, Norwalk Reflector

 

 

 

 

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

 

"The Drowsy Chaperone" has many funny moments and characters [including] an unsophisticated wedding host (a blissfully unaware and airy Kayla Boye).    

 

Aaron Krause, Norwalk Reflector

 

 

 

 

AS YOU LIKE IT
Role: Celia Photo: Leslie Cusano
CAROUSEL
Role: Louise Photo: Al Freeman
CABARET
Role: Kit Kat Girl Photo: Casey Cox

AS YOU LIKE IT

 

Newcomers Kayla Boye (Celia) and Ryan Newell (Oliver) also delivered surprisingly well-rounded performances. Both Boye and Newell are freshmen at YSU, but both provide clear characters and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the words they speak. Boye, especially, has a presence on stage that contradicts her brief résumé and is a pleasure to watch.

 

Stephanie Ottey, The Youngstown Vindicator

 

CAROUSEL 

 

You cannot go wrong with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. And many will agree that, as an audience member, you cannot go wrong with the Huron Playhouse...You're in for a moving, funny, tender and melodic evening of theater with the Playhouse's latest effort. In this production, the performers make singing seem as natural as talking. And what voices emanate from that stage! ... The performers excel in song and dance (Emily Casale's adaptation and re-staging of Agnes deMille's vibrant original choreography). 

  

Aaron Krause, Norwalk Reflector

 

 

 

 

CABARET

 

The girls of the Kit Kat Klub are the clear highlights of the show. Ashley Balas, Kayla Boye, Brianne Kochunas, Lexi Mellinger, Rosie Jo Neddy and Emelia Sherin are beautiful, sexy and ideally cast as cabaret dancers. Their collective dance ability elevates the quality of the production, as does Colleen Chance’s choreography.   

 

Stephanie Ottey, The Youngstown Vindicator

 

 

 

 

RAINBOW BAR & GRILLE
Role: Virginia Photo: Leslie Cusano
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Role: Stella Photo: Leslie Cusano
SPRING AWAKENING
Role: Wendla Bergman Photo: Casey Cox

SPRING AWAKENING

 

Kayla Boye, as Wendla, opens the show with “Mama Who Bore Me,” lamenting her naivete and ignorance. Boye’s performance was sweet and sincere as the young girl struggling between the bliss of innocence and the need for knowledge.

 

Lorraine Wardle, The Youngstown Vindicator

 

 

 

 

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

 

Struggling to keep the peace between her sister and her husband is Stella, played by Kayla Boye. Stella is the 'rock' in both relationships, remaining calm and steady while the others overreact. Because of this, she is often overlooked. But Boye filled Stella with life. At first, she seems to be a sweet and simple young girl. But Boye shows Stella’s maturity and increasing distress as she is torn between the two people she loves the most.   

 

Lorraine Wardle, The Youngstown Vindicator

EARLY ONE EVENING AT THE RAINBOW BAR & GRILLE

 

Late in Act 1 we also meet Virginia, a teacher barrelling through desperation in an attempt to fix what is broken. Kayla Boye creates a complex character who is overly strong to mask her frailty...The acting and directing, as well as the lighting, costumes and sound design, are as flawless as the writing.This 'Rainbow Grille' is, in fact, a perfect example of what YSU theater should be. With Mazuroski and the students who have been so nicely showcased this season, the school could be on the verge of a golden age of theater.  

  

Stephanie Ottey, The Youngstown Vindicator

 

"Sexy triple threat talent" 

CHICAGOLAND MUSICAL THEATRE

"A future musical-comedy powerhouse"

THE YOUNGSTOWN VINDICATOR

"Sparkling and hilarious!" 

CHICAGO THEATRE REVIEW

actress, dancer, singer, choreographer

"Kayla Boye is a dynamo" 

AROUND THE TOWN CHICAGO