Maiden High School drama club, otherwise known as The Main Street Players, presents Legally Blonde – a theatrical adaptation of the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon.
More difficult dance routines, bigger, better props and dozens of pink outfit-wardrobe changes, make this show more whimsical and different than any other production the students have ever put on, said Dale Bass, 18, who co-directed and choreographed the play, and plays Professor Callahan.
Elle Woods is happy with her “fabulous” life, until her boyfriend, Warner, breaks up with her and leaves for college. Woods, devastated, follows him to Harvard and enrolls as a student in hopes of winning him back. Over her time spent at Harvard, Woods discovers who she is and realizes she’s better than she ever thought, explained Maiden High’s Elle Woods, Angelia Lee, 17.
Lee began her acting career two years ago, on a whim, and loved it so much she is planning on pursuing a degree in musical theatre at Western Carolina University this fall.
The group has been putting together and prepping for the show for the last four months, putting their all into it, which has taken them countless hours, Bass said.
Lee joked she’s never worn so much pink in her life, and is having an assistant step in to help her with her 20 or so wardrobe changes – all having to be quick and flawless.
“If you liked the movie, you’ll love the play,” said Lisa Bolick, one of the three play directors.
Bass and Lee agree that they and their group tried to stay as close to the original story line as possible, only cutting out questionably-inappropriate scenes. The actors rate the show PG, and suitable for viewers of any age.
Legally Blonde, Maiden-style, is full of humor and marks the second time it has been performed in North Carolina, Bass said.
The show has three showings scheduled — one tonight at 7 p.m., and two Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m., at Maiden High, 600 W. Main St., in Maiden. Tickets are $5 for students in high school and younger and $8 for adults.