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    MCC Celebrates 90 Years of Theatre with ‘Legally Blonde’

    Margaret Stadtwald
    Margaret Stadtwaldhttps://discovermuscatine.com
    Margaret Stadtwald works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

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    MUSCATINE, Iowa—With its high energy music, larger than life characters, and abundant jokes (many surprisingly witty) “Legally Blonde the Musical” embodies the spirit of celebration. To honor Muscatine Community College’s (MCC’s) 90th anniversary, and the 90th anniversary of its theatre program, the MCC theatre department will perform “Legally Blonde the Musical” from Feb. 14-16.

    Alyssa Oltmanns, the show’s director, chose “Legally Blonde the Musical” as this year’s musical both as a fitting way to honor MCC’s achievements and to connect and uplift its students. “It has a message of empowerment, and since it’s about college, I thought it would make sense for our students and as a way to celebrate the 90th anniversary,” she explained.

    Similar to the movie of the same name, “Legally Blonde the Musical” tells the story of Elle Woods getting dumped by her college sweetheart, going to Harvard Law School to try to win him back, and finding her true self along the way. As with most musical adaptations, “Legally Blonde the Musical,” has some new additions that will surprise and entertain anyone who liked the movie. “It very much follows the film enough that fans of the film won’t be disappointed, but it has enough vital differences that fans of the movie will still have a few surprises,” said Oltmanns.

    In a show full of big personalities, Oltmanns feels the cast of “Legally Blonde the Musical” truly brings the show to life. “The cast really embodies the spirit of the show,” stated Oltmanns. “They’re full of joy and work as a team.” Oltmanns noted that their work ethic has helped get the show performance ready so quickly that neither she nor the music director have ever seen anything like it.

    The cast shared Oltmanns’ high opinion of their fellow actors. “This has been a very fun cast to work with,” shared Jen Colbert, a former MCC student playing Paulette.

    “I’ve met some of my closest friends in the show,” added Micah Dennis, a sophomore at MCC playing Warner.

    Along with enjoying each other’s company, the cast has reveled in the opportunity to get creative and share their passions on stage. Tracy Pelzer-Timm, an MCC alumna and jump rope enthusiast, loves getting to use her talents to play Brooke Wyndham, a popular jump rope instructor accused of a crime. Anna Masengarb, a recent Millikin University graduate and Muscatine native playing Elle Woods, liked having the chance to return to theatre and to put a new spin on a well-known character.

    The MCC theatre department will stage “Legally Blonde the Musical” at the Muscatine Performing Arts Center (Central Middle School auditorium) to give audiences the full theatrical experience. The Feb.14 and 15 shows will take place at 7 p. m. with the Feb. 16 show at 2 p. m. Tickets will cost $10 for adult and $5 for students (with ID) at all productions. Muscatine Community College students with ID may attend for free. All attendees will receive a special Valentine’s Day surprise.

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