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Legally Blonde: The Musical opens in Seymour

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Jordyn Grubisic
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Jordyn Grubisic is a senior journalist for the North Central Review primarily covering politics at all levels and sport with a particular interest in basketball. Since 2019 she has worked for several publications across Victoria including most recently at the Alexandra Standard and Yea Chronicle. She is always keen to hear from local community members about issues they face and has an interest in crime and court reporting.

Experience Harvard Law School without the exams, more musical numbers and much more pink with Seymour Performers Workshop’s, SPW, new show Legally Blonde: The Musical.

Based on the novel and movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical follows the story of relentlessly perky Elle Woods, a fashion-savvy, sorority girl who finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner Huntington III.

To prove to Warner she is ‘serious’ enough and not just a party girl, Elle follows him to Harvard Law where she struggles to fit in.

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With the support of some new friends Elle quickly realises her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

SPW vice president Julie Blythe said the musical was chosen to mark a historic event.

“Legally Blonde is a great show for community theatre as it has a variety of roles and a large ensemble and also features some fabulous song and dance numbers,” she said.

“This year Seymour Performers Workshop is celebrating 20 years so we thought Legally Blonde would be a perfect choice to mark this occasion with a fun and upbeat story.”

Olivia King will direct the production alongside choreographer Kyle Broomfield and vocal director Peter Lejins.

“They have been involved with the company for many years in onstage productions and this year have taken on the leadership roles in the creative teams and are doing an amazing job,” Ms Blythe said.

After a large response to auditions, the cast includes almost 30 performers including some newcomers.

Stepping into the pink power suits and pumps is Charli Lewis, who is ‘thrilled to portray her dream role’ of Elle Woods in her third SPW show.

She previously played Grace in Annie and Ariel in Footloose with SPW – both earning her Georgy nominations.

Ms Lewis has also performed in The Addams Family, Annie Get Your Gun and Puffs! The Play with experience also in directing, choreographing and stage management.

Playing Emmett Forrest is seasoned performer Thomas Boyd whose first role was in the musical Godspell in 2005.

Since then he performed at the Comedy Theatre in Barnum in 2008, studied musical theatre at Showfit, performed in several amateur theatre productions and has been a dancer at several schools including Dallas Academy, Attitudes and Isolation Performing Arts Studio.

Warner Hunting III will be played Jack Maher who has performed in shows including Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, The Addams Family with Diamond Valley Singers.

With the SPW, he was in Annie, Footloose, and Grease receiving a Georgy nomination for best supporting actor in Footloose.

“Rehearsals have been going very well with the cast meeting twice a week over the last few months to learn all of the vocal and dance numbers,” Ms Blythe said.

“Alongside this, our production crew have been hard at work designing the sets, costumes and lighting.”

Legally Blonde: The Musical will be performed at Seymour College Arts Centre from November 11 to 19.

People can snap up some tickets at trybooking.com/events/landing/1103185 and there will also be a ticket giveaway in the Review’s November 7 edition.

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