Elle Woods and her sorority sisters are set to right a wrong as they help free an innocent woman when they take to Bishop Carter stage tonight for ‘Legally Blonde’.
For the past five months more than 50 St. Joseph-Scollard Hall students and staff, supported by a great technical team, have been hitting the boards hard rehearsing dance steps, lines and songs in order to be in top performance shape.
For a number of students this production is their first foray into the world of musicals including the lead actress who plays “Elle Woods” Molly McNamara who says she was extremely excited to learn she would play the lead.
“I was shocked by the announcement, as I don’t have a lot of experience on stage, but I sure was glad I was given the chance,” she said.
McNamara says the process has been a great learning tool as she learned how to prepare a character and develop confidence in a role.
Teacher and show director Jeff Graham says the decision to put on a production of this magnitude took courage and initiative to pull off.
“It was an idea brought up in the summer amongst our artistic team, and we realized that this would be a challenging but fun arts department venture”.
“This was a great opportunity to demonstrate the skill level of students enrolled in the Arts at St. Joseph-Scollard Hall and the perfect medium to showcase all of the components of the schools Arts program.”
“It has been amazing to see the arts departments grow in size and the caliber of presentations in dance, music, and drama has been unbelievable! It is nice to see the teachers work together bringing forth amazing productions and public viewing events throughout the year,” notes Grade 12 student Ethan Chapman who has studied drama and vocals for the past four years.
Graham says no great theatre experience is complete without drama and this production has had its share.
“With the disruption of school bus cancellations, exams and holidays, we have lost many rehearsals, and we were in rush mode for the last couple of weeks. The participants have rallied and challenged themselves to make this the best production for the viewing audience. For some of the students, this will be the highlight of their high school experience, and a great boost in self-confidence.”
“Legally Blonde” runs Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m. in the St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Bishop Carter Auditorium.
Tickets can be purchased at SJSH main office or at the door on production night for $10/adults and $7/students.
This show is not recommended for children under the age of 12.