TUESDAY, MAY 09, 2006
Renee LaCroix prepares for another starting role across the pond

May 9, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Now that her season has come to an end, junior Renee LaCroix will trade the stage of the softball diamond for another stage.

Starting in mid-May, LaCroix will travel to London, England with five other Jacksonville University students for a two-month internship at the Gate Theater.

"It's tough getting an internship on Broadway in New York," said LaCroix. "Our academic advisor told us to look at going to London. I always wanted to go overseas as a kid and it is nice to have that dream come."

The Gate Theater is a located in the heart of Notting Hill and is a fringe theater which is similar to an off-Broadway theater in New York.

"All of this hasn't hit me yet," said LaCroix, whose goal is to be on Broadway some day. "Everyone in my family always believed I could do something like this, but it is tough to put in words since it's actually happening. Overall, I'm very excited because my career is finally starting."

LaCroix, a theater major, will serve as stage manager at the Gate Theater and deal with the professional actors on a daily basis. She will also spend time doing public relations for the theater.

"This job is going to build a solid foundation for my career," LaCroix said. "My main goal is to learn how to conduct myself in a correct manner at a professional company. The reason is that I can try out for a Broadway play and get the part, but if I don't know how to conduct myself then I will get fired on the spot. Also I am hoping the professional actors will teach me a thing or two, while spending so much time as their stage manager."

LaCroix began her theater career in eighth grade after grabbing the role of Annie in "Annie Get Your Gun."

"I landed the role without having voice lessons yet and it was also kind of cool being the hick girl in the play," LaCroix recalled. "Every since then, I have been hooked."

"I couldn't be happier for Renee's opportunity to follow her dream through the JU theater department," said JU head coach Melissa Gentile. "She has done a wonderful job of representing the Dolphins softball program. Renee did a great job balancing the demands of softball and theater to earn this well-deserved opportunity in England."

On the field in 2006, LaCroix started in 58 games this season and batted .224 with 11 RBI in her first full season with the Dolphins after transferring from N.C. State.