MUSCATINE, Iowa—As opening night approaches, the cast and crew of “Legally Blonde Jr.” look forward to whipping this year’s middle school musical into shape. Featuring a fun and empowering story brought to life by enthusiastic actors, “Legally Blonde Jr.” will provide some wonderful fun for the whole community.
An adaptation of the popular musical “Legally Blonde,” “Legally Blonde Jr.” tells the story of Elle Wood turning her life around to become one of Harvard’s top law students. In choosing this show, director Joanna Brewer felt the witty comedy suited the group of students well, and that its uplifting message that, “Even if your life doesn’t go the way you were planning it, it could go someplace even better,” would resonate with them.
Throughout the rehearsal process, students have taken this message to heart, trying things they might not otherwise. For Dylan Maresca, an eighth grader at Central Middle School playing Emmett Forest, “Legally Blonde Jr.” gave him his first opportunity perform publicly. “I wanted to step out of my comfort zone,” he shared. Dylan said he, “had never sung a song in front of other people before,” and embraced the opportunity to try it now.
In Audrey Miller’s case, a spur of the moment decision to audition led the eighth grader at West Middle School to experience getting to play a leading role as Elle Woods and to have the pleasure of, “making more friends.”
The opportunity to play a character his total opposite inspired Nicholas Bibik, also an eighth grader at Central, to go out for the play in the role of Professor Callahan. “When I read it on the audition role sheet, I knew it was for me, even though I’m the complete opposite,” he stated.
Along with letting students show their skills, “Legally Blonde Jr.” also lets them learn the tricks of making theatre magic. Besides working with props and set pieces, the actors will have the chance to get to work with two rescue dogs on stage, who will play the parts of Bruiser and Rufus. “I had had this idea because I’d seen other theatres in the area who had done it,” explained Brewer. A unique experience for students, Brewer hopes that the canine cast will encourage the audience to consider adopting shelter animals.
If a delightful performance filled with laughs and a good story appeal to you, “Legally Blonde Jr.” will exceed your expectations. Students will perform on Feb. 1 at 7:00 p.m. and Feb. 2 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for everyone six and up.