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Legally Blonde is a smash

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Everyone is talking about Wits’ End Theatre’s funny, smart, thoroughly engaging 2014 production, Legally Blonde The Musical. The story of California girl Elle Woods’ unlikely, inspiring career at Harvard Law School, Legally Blonde opened last weekend at Potter Auditorium and continues this week on Thursday and Friday evenings (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday afternoon (5 p.m.) on the big stage at the Chatfield Center for the Arts. You won’t want to miss it.

“The audience reaction to Legally Blonde has been wonderful,” said cast member and co-producer Emily Whitcomb. “This show has great musical and dance numbers that light up the theater. Combine that with the humor that runs throughout the story, and you have a marvelous entertainment.”

Legally Blonde The Musical is based on the hit 2001 movie of (almost) the same name that starred Reese Witherspoon. It is the story of Elle Woods, the UCLA fashion merchandizing major who goes to Harvard Law School for the sole purpose of following the boyfriend who just dumped her because she was not “serious” enough to fit in with his life plans. At Harvard, Elle—as well as her classmates, professors, and that ex-boyfriend—find out that there’s much more to this girl than pitch-perfect fashion sense and great legs. It’s a story of personal discovery with an edgy, hilarious script, unforgettable music and great characters. And the cast of Wits’ End’s production has brought Legally Blonde to life with fabulous performances and great energy.

“Kathy Johnson Keech directed the show,” said co-producer and cast member Emma Strand. “And Kathy’s signature professionalism, humor, imagination and attention to detail are all over this production.” Kathy Keech is, of course, a Chatfield girl who has brought her great talents as a performer and director to the Potter Auditorium stage for decades—most recently as director of Wits’ End’s very successful 2010 production, Footloose. “We are extremely fortunate that Kathy agreed to return to Chatfield to direct this wonderful show,” said co-producer Strand. “Her knowledge of stagecraft is incomparable. She set the bar high for this young cast, and inspired by her, have they delivered!”

The Legally Blonde cast is large, talented, and thrilled to be on the Potter stage. Gabrielle Hensrud is electric in the lead role; she seems to have been born to play the beautiful, vivacious, resourceful Elle Woods. Levi Cole is back on the Potter stage playing Warner, the boyfriend Elle followed to Harvard. Matt Dietz is Emmett, the young lawyer who befriends Elle and spots her potential. And in the role that just might steal the show, Theresa Johnson Becker plays Elle’s friend, confidant and hairdresser, Paulette.

“This isn’t your grandmother’s summer musical,” said co-producer Whitcomb. “The humor is contemporary. The music rocks. The energy is off the charts. It’s the story of a wonderful young woman finding her potential and inspiring the people around her.”

Don’t miss Legally Blonde The Musical at Potter Auditorium in Chatfield this week. Tickets are available online or at the box office 4-6 p.m. weekdays and 10-noon weekends, or at the door one hour before show time. For more information, check Wits’ End’s website: witsendtheatre.otg. See you at Potter this weekend!

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