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‘Legally Blonde’ opens at F-M Friday

140 students will stage pop musical inspired by 2001 movie

Students Natalie Meier, as Elle Woods, and Jackie Blasting, as Paulette, rehearse a scene from F-M’s upcoming production  of “Legally Blonde,” which opens at 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the high school.

Students Natalie Meier, as Elle Woods, and Jackie Blasting, as Paulette, rehearse a scene from F-M’s upcoming production of “Legally Blonde,” which opens at 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the high school. Alexandra Ottaviano

— “There were about 140 students in the room and they just screamed in excitement,” Brown said.

“It’s been a really easy process,” he added. “I think because [the kids] were so jazzed about the show and they were so invested in this high energy, high impact show, they just have been great to rehearse with. They’re prepared, they’re energetic — it’s really been an exciting process.”

The musical centers around a sorority girl named Elle Woods who “doesn’t take ‘no for an answer,” according to a plot synopsis posted on the F-M Music Department’s website. “So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone ‘serious,’ Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law.”

Brown describes it as almost identical to the movie, but with musical numbers added.

“[The audience] will literally see the movie come to life on stage,” he said.

Between the cast, stage crew and pit orchestra, about 140 students are involved in the production, which has a cast of 80. Natalie Maier stars as Elle Woods, the character played in the film by Reese Witherspoon, and Casey Konys stars as Luc Wilson’s character, Emmet, the Harvard law school student who catches Elle’s eye.

Brown, now in his fifth year directing and producing shows at F-M, has enjoyed preparing students to perform a musical that no other school in the area has done.

“[It’s] great. I actually like that,” he said. “Because it gives us a fresh perspective … there’s really nothing to compare it to, either for the production staff or the community.”

Of course, audience members could compare the students’ staging of ‘Legally Blonde’ to one they might see on Broadway — a comparison Brown says wouldn’t be far off.

“I remember people coming to ‘Les Miz’ last year and saying this was a professional production, and that’s what we will give them,” Brown said. “We have professional sets, professional lights, professional singers and actors and dancers, and the orchestra is bar none … What you will get for $10 is a Broadway-like show.”

Tickets to “Legally Blonde” can be purchased online or from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 to 16 and March 19 to 23 at the high school’s House I foyer.

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