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No Dye Involved; Pottsgrove Staging ‘Legally Blonde’

No Dye Involved; Pottsgrove's Going 'Legally Blonde'

Trouble lies ahead! Elle (Junior Emily Weaver) mistakenly believes her boyfriend Warner (Senior Ian Yanusko) is planning to propose

POTTSTOWN PA – Pottsgrove Senior High School is preparing to stage the energetic “Legally Blonde: The Musical” on March 14-16 (2013; Thursday through Saturday) at 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. Richard Radel Auditorium at the school, 1345 Kauffman Rd. The musical, which opened on Broadway in 2007, is based on the popular movie.

Tickets for the production are $10 for general admission, and $8 for students or senior citizens. They can be purchased in advance from cast members; by calling the high school at 610-326-5105; and at the door, if available.

When Elle Woods (Emily Weaver) is dumped by her boyfriend Warner (Ian Yanusko), who wants someone more serious in his life, she devises a crazy plan to win him back that involves following him all the way to Harvard Law School.

Supported by her best friends and sorority sisters (Rebecca Smith, Kendra Houck, and Hailee Tyson), she encounters the tyrannical Professor Callahan (Josh Crocetto) and sympathetic teaching assistant Emmett (Trevor Noll). At her darkest moment (when she contemplates going brunette), she is rescued by her confidante and stylist, Paulette (Brianna Petitti).

While following the plot of the movie, the musical adds many memorable numbers, including the soulful “Ireland,” the jazzy “Whipped Into Shape,” the show-stopping “What You Want,” and the heart-breaking “Legally Blonde.” The sexy “Bend and Snap” gets its own song.

Other featured performers include Brianna Beitler, Jake Deska, Shayna Flint, Aaron Jaffe, Matthew Megraw, Kristi Shultz, Dan Weand, and Hannah Windrim.

The 39-member cast includes Alexis Adair, M.J. Bird, Linda Bostwick, Danielle Buchanan, Molly Chiodo, Ashley Cole, Danielle Gambino, Justin Gomez, TJ Helms, Tristan Herfurth, Abby Hudock, Dana Landes, Mollie Marko, Tayler Nofer, Andrea Paganelli, Shelby Poston, Nicole Raimondi, Joseph Ricci, Kelsey Sprouse, Marcus Taylor, Katlyn Trapani, Allison Wentzel, and Nick Wolfe.

Many faculty members contribute to the production.  The musical is directed by Todd Kelly.  Cynthia Foust is the vocal director, while Victor Holladay conducts the orchestra. Holli Artim serves as assistant director. Costuming is handled by Elizabeth Rodenbaugh and Cindy Wozniak, with assistance from student Samantha Moyer. Art direction is supervised by Cindy Scherer and Gwyneth Thomas. David Moyer oversees the stage crew.

Photo from Pottsgrove High School

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