‘Legally Blonde The Musical’ to take the stage for second week

There are many female roles in the Manistee Civic Players’ production of “Legally Blonde the Musical.” (Courtesy photo/Julie Mueller)

MANISTEE — Women will take the lead and center stage this weekend when “Legally Blonde The Musical” returns for its second week.

“This show gives us a lot of opportunity to use many female actors,” said director Tom Richert. “A lot of theater does not include a number of female actors.”

In the musical Elle Woods is a blonde beauty on a mission, and it starts with Harvard Law School.

Richert said the show is based on the hit movie “Legally Blonde,” which starred Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods in 2001.

However, Richert said this show is not particularly easy to perform.

“It’s more of a modern play; the first performance for the play was in 2006,” he said. “It has been around and if you like the movie, you will like the play. It’s the same plot structure but it takes on musical attributes.”

Angelina Sam plays Elle Woods and Ryland Gigante portrays Warner in “Legally Blonde the Musical,” which returns to the stage this weekend. (Courtesy photo/Julie Mueller)

“Legally Blonde The Musical” has been performed by many across the nation.

Elle Woods — the college sweetheart and homecoming queen who doesn’t take no for an answer — puts down the credit cards, hits the books and heads to Harvard Law School when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone “serious.”

Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. The musical features music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin.

The cast is headed by Angelina Sam as Elle Woods with Leanna Engwall (Paulette), Rylie Kruer (Emmett), Ryland Gigante (Warner), Roxy Jefferies (Vivienne), Jennie Golaszewski (Brooke), Leah Snyder (Margot), Lauren Hanna (Serena), Sarah Sheathelm (Pilar) and Blade Gates (Callahan).

Production features costume design by Susan Meyers. John Storms-Rohm serves as accompanist and Ryan Biller as stage manager.

Additional cast members include Bishop Davis, Zane DenHartog, Anthony Erlandson, Josh Gordon, Killian Kruer, Laura Lambert, Kaitelynne Lange, Dane Liske, Magnolia Madsen, Caroline Nellist, Liam Quinn, MacKenzie Reed, Drake Reid, Lillie Schafer, Johnny Starrman, Nadine Underwood and Kyle Wojcik.

The show is choreographed by Katie Biehl, with orchestra direction and vocal direction by Bob Brenner and Amanda Feyen.

The musical takes on a modern approach of changing scenes while the curtain is still up, and performers are still in character.

“It’s very fast-moving, different from traditional plays in that the scenes are not ‘close the curtain, lights out, bring the new scene up’,” Richert said. “It meshes together. You will see people moving furniture, scenery and suddenly we are in a different location.”

Manistee Civic Players will present “Legally Blonde The Musical,” at 7:30 p.m. on July 5, 6, and at 2 p.m. on July 7 at the historic Ramsdell Theatre.

Tickets will be available at the door or by calling (231) 723-7188.

Actors spent a lot of time rehearsing for “Legally Blonde the Musical” before performing in front of an audience. The show opens its second week at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts. (Paula Laws/News Advocate)

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