A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.
The show opens tonight at the Civic Theatre and is brought to the stage for a further eight performances throughout November.
This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!
Elle Woods appears to have it all.
Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law.
Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law.
At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington.
With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realises her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.
The cast list for a show looks a lot like a shopping list. There will be familiar names on it, someone you’ve seen perform, someone who works with someone you know or someone who went to your school.
It’s unlikely that you’ll recognise all of the names but to those who are involved in the production the cast list reads totally differently.
It’s a list of your new best friends, the mother figure you never knew you needed, mentors, connections and people who make you laugh.
The cast list represents memories that will last a long, long time.
Les Miserables was the Civic Theatre community production of 2004, people still talk about their experiences with the show. You’d swear it happened only recently, the affection and positive memories are so powerful.
The Legally Blonde cast list represents people who have come from somewhere else, one who still lives in Tumut, people who grew up in Wagga and are now based in Melbourne (Michelle Brasier), Sydney (Brent Dolahenty) and long-term residents.
However, your geographic history is of little concern as one of the most charming elements to be generated from the Civic Theatre community productions is the family-like quality that builds during the rehearsal period.
It looks like a cast list but it’s really a Legally Blonde family list.
Michelle Brasier: Elle Woods
Brent Dolahenty: Emmett
Tim Lancaster: Warner
Carli-Jean Kulmar: Vivienne
Melissa Donges: Brooke
Carl Cooper: Callahan
Jade O’Halloran: Paulette
Sarah Hunn-Mozes: Enid
Marlo Brown: Serena
Melissa Brown: Pilar
Sarah Navin: Margot
Justin Graham: Kyle / Dewey / Pforzheimer
Stuart Morgan: Sandip / Grandmaster Chad / Carlos / Ensemble
Anne Loiterton: Whitney / Mum / Store clerk / Ensemble
Grant Hardwick: Nikkos / Aaron / Ensemble
Chandra Hale: Judge / Store owner / Ensemble
Nicholas Childe: Dad / Ensemble
Rosemary Pollock: Chutney / Ensemble
Patrick Kenny: Winthrop / Ensemble
Vivienne Koschel: DA Joyce Riley / Ensemble
Katie Wall: TV Reporter / Delta Nu / Ensemble
Lachlan Gulliford: Lowell / Kiki / Ensemble
Alice Debney: Stenographer / Delta Nu / Ensemble
Breanna Blundell: Kate / Cashier / Ensemble
Keeley Burgess: Delta Nu / Ensemble
Hannah Bellenger: Delta Nu / Ensemble
Amber Curry: Delta Nu / Ensemble
Hilary Measday: Delta Nu / Ensemble
Heather Wall: Pit Singer
Christine Nielsen: Pit Singer
Peggy Barratt: Pit Singer
Belinda Prunster: Pit Singer
Alexandra Richards: Pit Singer
Tracey Luhrs: Pit Singer
David Wall: Musical Director / Keyboard
Klaus Bussmann: Band - Guitar
Adam Corning: Band - Bass
Simeon Broadbent: Band - Drums / Percussion
Theatrical effect is a marvellous thing; mirrors, haze and clever lighting can create a different world on stage.
Most of the Legally Blonde set has come from Gosford Musical Society and arrived in Wagga with most of the industrial construction work already complete.
Considerable time has been spent undertaking detail work and adapting the look of the set to the Director, Carissa Campbell’s, vision of the world Elle Woods inhabits.
This has allowed the creative team, in particular John Llewelyn to design and create something very special.
When you come and see the show, pay attention to the glorious light boxes.
After careful research and discussion with theatre colleagues John and his assistants have used translucent perspex, LED tape, dar and a great deal of cleverness to construct multiple three dimensional lightboxes.
They’ll be used for effect throughout the show to frame the stage and set different moods.
Legally Blonde is a pink, frothy show that has considerable appeal as a great girl’s night out. We thought it would be fun to flip the idea on its head and ask the men in the Legally Blonde cast what they thought of the show.
Carl Cooper – I like Peter Sellers’ (Pink Panther) perspective on the colour pink “When you have been killed as many times as I have, you get used to it.”
Patrick Kenny – Absolutely hilarious, you will be classified as “legally insane” if you miss this amazing production. Plus on the subject of pink, red and white make pink , the mighty St George Dragons are red and white therefore pink is cool.
Justin Graham - They say real men wear pink ... Don't they? Well get your mates together and come and have a good laugh!
Brent Dolahenty - Pink may be the traditional colour for girls, but courage, being true to yourself and getting wowed by local talent is for everyone.
Tim Lancaster - When I first saw Legally Blonde the Musical in Sydney I went in expecting it to be a girly night that I would hate. But I walked out of the theatre with the biggest smile on my face after a high energy show that has something for everyone!
Legally Blonde - The Musical plays Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre from Saturday, November 7 until Saturday, November 21 with both matinees and evening performances. Tickets can be purchased online at www.civictheatre.com.au or from the Box Office on 6926 9688.
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