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Teen actors take on musical ‘Legally Blonde’
Vashon High School theater students will strut their stuff in “Legally Blonde, The Musical,” opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the high school.
The Tony-nominated show — a spin-off of a successful book and then a 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon — tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls in Harvard Law School in a bid to win back her ex-boyfriend, who has informed her that she is not blue-blooded and brainy enough to be his bride.
It’s not much of a spoiler to say that as the plot unfolds, Elle finds her footing as a top law student and also discovers plenty of ways to show off her natural beauty in a series of frothy song and dance numbers.
Anna Hicks, Alec Spencer, Hailey Quakenbush, Sage Everett and Kaydi Rosser all have starring roles in the show.
A “Greek chorus” of sorority girls — played by Zoe Ferguson-Steele, Anna Rose Warren, Clover Paridon, Loriah Challman, Michelle Gilmour, Charlie O’Brien and Nesita Angraini — will keep the action of the musical rolling along.
In a casting twist, the part of a law professor will be played by VHS drama teacher Stephen Floyd — an unplanned role assignment that happened after the student originally playing the professor transferred to another school.
Floyd, along with VHS principal Susan Hanson, also directed the show. Maggie Laird, a celebrated Island chanteuse, is the show’s musical director.
“It is a great ensemble piece with many smaller characters who have a solo, or at least a solo verse within a longer song,” said Floyd.
Students are also busy working behind the scenes. Student Ben Stream has designed lights and supervised the tech crew, and Kara Woodley is the stage manager.
The show, considered PG, will be performed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 1. Friday and Saturday evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees take place at 2 p.m.
Tickets for most evening shows cost $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Matinee tickets are $12. The performance this Saturday is a fundraiser for the junior class and all tickets are $15.