Power and determination alone may not get you where you want to be, surrounded by her friends, Elle finds that her future may not be what she thought it would be.
~Photos and Review by Dana Nollsch~
“Legally Blonde “ is a big production with a cast of over 50 and a live band, not to mention the intricate set. There is a lot going on in this show.
This is a is a high energy musical that I found entertaining, the smile never left my face and there was no part of the performance disappointed. The performers are perfect for the roles they play and combining that with the music give these talented actors a perfect vehicle to share their talents. I cannot say enough about the talent on stage and how well they sing and dance the story for the audience.
Now, let’s look at the stage and setting. The performances are at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, outdoors and beautiful the Hawkins Amphitheater is a great place to experience a show. The beautiful setting combined with a stage that works like a transformer, twisting and combining in many different formations, perfectly setting the stage for the next scene. The set design is thanks to Chad Sweet and Danny Sturtevant. Staying on the technical side lets give kudos to Kent Vizina for some of the best lighting I have seen. I have a feeling I could go on and on about the technical elements of this production, let’s just say the flow of the production blends with the story smoothly and unobtrusively.
Do you know the story of “Legally Blonde”? Well, in a nutshell.. A beautiful and smart girl falls in love with her high school sweetheart and plans a life with him. He has more ambitious plans, so her plans change as well. Her new plans to win him over include following him to Harvard to be with him in college. This move brings many revelations to her and once again her plans change as she finds new friends and talents she never could have thought she had.
Check out the photos for a taste of what you will see.
The cast is led by Elise Van Dyne playing Elle Woods, the young woman forming the foundations of her future. Elise keeps the audience’s attention as she sings, dances, and plays Elle’s story to perfection.
This is truly an ensemble cast and each cast member deserves to be recognized as well as the production crew and orchestra, so here is the list.
Elle Woods Elise Van Dyne
Emmett Forrest Adam Semas
Warner Huntington III Cody Hamilton
Professor Callahan Jim Young
Paulette Buonafonte Sophie Moeller
Brooke Wyndam Amanda Boman
Vivienne Kensington Amelia Giles
Enid Hoops Kate Clement
Serena Katie Hughes
Margot Mary Snelgrove
Pilar Rachel Smith
Kyle/Nikos Grant Humason
Carlos John Paul Rivard
Grandmaster Chad Jordan Turner
Store Manager/Judge Cindy Sabatini
Dad/Winthrop Michael Peters
Kate Lupe Alvarez
Aaron Schultz Reuben Roberts
Sundeep Padamadan Nguyen Doan
Chutney Amy Nielson
Salesperson/D.A. Riley Judy Davis Rounds
Lowell/Dewey/ Guard Keith Lightfoot
Pforzheimer/Kiki Daniel Owens
Mom Julie Tatem
Whitney Hannah Sloane
Richman TV reporter Ariel Quinain
Sydney Barber, Amanda Boman, Lindsay Chong, Riley Dion, Nguyen Doan, Jennifer Flynn, Elijah Frederick, Allison Gunderson, Malea Hoffman , Denny Hope, Grant Humason, Anna Leff, Madison McCluney. Taytum McCluney, Amy Nielson, Andrew Nielson, Daniel Owens, Ariel Quinain, Kimberly Richman, John Paul Rivard, Reuben Roberts, Judy Davis Rounds, Hannah Sloane, Robin Soli, Tara Spencer, Julie Tatem, Jordan Turner
Director Janet Lazarus
Music and Vocal Director Terry Thompson
Choreographer Amanda Flocchini
Asst. Choreographer Eve Allen Garza
Production Manager Judy Davis Rounds
Stage Manager Riley Kveton
Asst. Stage Manager Paige Tatem
Scenic Designer Chad Sweet
Costume Designers Deborah Morrison, Lyndsey Langsdale
Lighting Designer Kent Vizina
Sound Engineer James Cavanaugh
House Manager Lauri Mendoza
Technical Director Danny Sturtevant
Props Lori Ashley, Lauri Mendoza
Rehearsal Pianist Terry Thompson
Set Construction Danny Sturtevant
Stage Crew Kyle Fuqua, Damien Fernandez, Soren Alderman, Alexis Serratos, Dennis Ramirez
Seamstresses Stephanie Leff, Deborah Morrison
Marketing and Public Relations Davis Rounds Advertising & Marketing
Graphic Design Kunder Design Studio
Photography Mark One Productions, Bill Quinby
Piano Terry Thompson
Keyboard Eric Kao
Bass Alex Breckenridge
Drums/Percussion Ryan Burt
Trumpet Russell Lenhard
Flute Greta Sturm
Trombone Phillip Jerome
Clarinet/Alto Sax/Baritone Sax Jennifer Day
Guitar Mark Sargent
Now that is some cast and crew!
“Legally Blonde” plays through September 1st
For detailed dates and times check out their website: http://www.sierraschoolofperformingarts.org/
If you are interested in being part of their next performance the next auditions are coming up next Saturday, August 25 for their youth production of Seussical the Musical.