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HA's spring production blends the law, laughter and music

 

Heritage Academy students in Columbus in the cast of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” include, in front, Courtney McAlexander, left, and Sallie Gardner. On the middle row are Reade Heredia, Jackie McGrath,  Mary Dade Ford and Evie McIntyre. In back, from left, are Cara Pridmore, Tyler Sundman, Margaret LeBrun who portrays Elle, the female lead, Austin Fitch, and Shelby Foster.

Heritage Academy students in Columbus in the cast of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” include, in front, Courtney McAlexander, left, and Sallie Gardner. On the middle row are Reade Heredia, Jackie McGrath, Mary Dade Ford and Evie McIntyre. In back, from left, are Cara Pridmore, Tyler Sundman, Margaret LeBrun who portrays Elle, the female lead, Austin Fitch, and Shelby Foster. Photo by: Courtesy photo

 

Jan Swoope

 

When the film "Legally Blonde" hit theaters around the country in 2001, audiences may not have envisioned it would someday end up on Broadway. But the story of a seemingly ditzy blonde, her sorority sisters, an errant boyfriend and Harvard Law School morphed into a musical that makes its way to the Heritage Academy stage in Columbus April 26-28.  

 

"Legally Blonde: The Musical" follows college student Elle Woods (played by HA student Margaret LeBrun) as she takes off for Harvard to win back her ex-boyfriend, Warner (portrayed by Jace Caldwell).  

 

"The story of the musical is written exactly as the movie," said Marilyn Fields, who directs the production. "Musical numbers and dances have been added to enhance the story plot." 

 

Audiences will especially enjoy the large dance numbers which have the entire cast on stage performing together, noted Fields. 

 

Fields' co-director is Janice Jordan. Choreography for the show is by HA dance coach and instructor Whitney Ward. The cast consists of students in grades 7-12. Special performances by the HA Elementary Dance Team students in grades 1-6 will be included. 

 

In the production, the happily feather-brained Elle is helped along her quest at Harvard by her three closest friends. Warner's new girlfriend, however, makes life difficult for Elle as she strives to attain an internship with a Harvard law professor. All of the characters become involved in the murder trial of a fitness guru, and Elle defies expectations, while staying true to herself.  

 

The production is suitable entertainment for family members of all ages -- a "happily-ever-after story with a splash of humor and romance." 

 

The musical script is licensed by Music Theatre International. The book, "Legally Blonde," is written by Heather Hach. All music and lyrics are written by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin. The story is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture. 

 

Performances are April 26 at 7 p.m.; April 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and April 28 at 2 p.m. 

 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, in advance or at the door. All performances will be held in the Heritage Academy High School Student Activity Building. For more information, contact the school at 662-327-5272.

 

Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.

 

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