Stephen Estes - Executive Director
In the summer of 2005, Stephen partnered with Levi Ruff to found Legacy Productions. In its opening season, Legacy Productions produced The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, as well as Les Miserables. In the spring of 2006 at the request of his youth pastor, Stephen wrote a drama, Such a Time As This, based on the life of Esther. Stephen and Lydia Kiefer co-directed and acted in this drama along with members of Durham's First Baptist Church youth group, taking this original drama with its hopeful message to Mississippi as a part of a mission-trip following the Katrina disaster. Stephen has also served as the drama director for Chapel Hill Bible Church’s Sonlight choir productions.
Stephen continued as the Executive Director of Legacy Productions for the next five seasons, which included dramas such as The Diary of Anne Frank, It’s a Wonderful Life, You Can’t Take it With You, Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, and Pride and Prejudice. In the summer of 2009, he played "the Surgeon" in Innocence, a film written and directed by Z. Michael Smith, and "the Duke" in The Shadow and the Flame, written and directed by Wes Latta.
After spending most of the 2010 summer interning with Mission to the World in Athens, Greece, Stephen returned as Executive Director in 2011. He also graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science. From 2011 to 2013, Stephen served as Youth Director at Christ Community Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2013, Stephen married the girl of his dreams, and enrolled at seminary. That summer, Legacy produced Pride and Prejudice, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Anne of Avonlea, and Les Miserables. For the 2014 summer, the 10th season of drama camps, they produced A Christmas Carol and The 39 Steps.
Last fall, Stephen began work as the Middle School Drama teacher for Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill. There he has enjoyed working to foster a love for the arts among middle school students, introducing many of them to theater arts along the way.
Stephen has directed 52 plays, and this is his 12th year with Legacy Productions.
Kelsey McKeel - Artistic Director/Choreographer
Kelsey McKeel began her stage career with ballet lessons at age 4. She has since continued studying dance intensively for 17 years, including 8 years on pointe; she also has experience in modern, jazz, tap, and ballroom. Kelsey made her theatre debut when she was in fourth grade, appearing on stage for ten seconds as a dying bluebird. However, her interest in theatre did not blossom until she received the role of the White Witch in Legacy Production’s the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in 2005. Her passion for theatre grew exponentially. She pursued theatre with enthusiasm and delight, and her repertoire includes many of Legacy’s past shows, as well as many productions at her alma mater, Bryan College (Dayton, TN).
Since the summer of 2005, Kelsey has appeared in 16 shows and portrayed 18 characters (9 leading roles), including well-known characters such as Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice (2008) and Agent 99 in Get Smart (2009). She has also performed in four musical productions at Bryan College (Scrooge, the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Curtains, and opera Street Scene) with 2 leading roles, and has directed, produced, choreographed, danced, and sung in her Senior Musical Theatre Showcase at Bryan. She has also worked backstage for several shows (including the Crucible, Steel Magnolias, and Man of La Mancha at Bryan College) and has written and co-directed several other projects. Besides Legacy Productions, this summer Kelsey will be putting the finishing touches on her new baby's nursery and looking forward to little Chloe's arrival home from the hospital (born April 20)!
Since 2007, Kelsey has directed and choreographed fourteen Legacy shows, and has choreographed dance numbers for four additional Legacy productions. This will be her tenth season working with Legacy.
Kelsey has graduated from Bryan College with a BS in Musical Theatre and a minor in Biblical Studies. Outside of theatre, she enjoys worshiping God through dancing and singing. She is so thankful for her opportunity to work with Legacy Productions for Summer 2014, and to pass on her love for theatre to the next generation.