Drama students at Fort Mill High School invited the public to come along on a trip to Harvard Law School through their production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.”
Based on the film “Legally Blonde” starring Reese Witherspoon, the musical follows Elle Woods, the stereotypical blonde sorority girl from California who applies to Harvard Law in an attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend, Warner Huntington III. She is accepted, but when she arrives at the famed Ivy League institution, Elle finds that Warner has a new love.
She decides to stay at Harvard to prove to all who doubt her that she can handle the rigors of a top law school.
Elle works on the case of a celebrity fitness guru who is accused of killingher husband. Elle uses her extensive knowledge of fashion and fitness, along with the skills she has picked up in law school, to prove herself as a lawyer. The experience allows Elle to maintain her identity while transforming into a respected law student and teaches her doubters not to judge others just because they look and talk differently than the rest of the crowd.
“Legally Blonde: The Musical” was selected by Fort Mill High School theatre teacher and director Elizabeth Williams because she felt students would be familiar with it. Ross Lordo, who plays Warner, feels that choosing a contemporary musical will help the cast find an audience.
“Instead of doing a musical that nobody’s ever heard of, it’s something people are already kind of interested in and know a little bit about,” Lordo said.
Williams had never seen the movie, but after reading the script she decided the musical was too funny to pass up. Wesley Masters, who plays Elle, believes the musical will be great for those who have seen the movie or the musical before, but will be just as entertaining to those who haven’t.
“It has unexpected twists and turns,” Masters said. “If you’ve never seen the movie at all, you wouldn’t expect half the things that happen.”
John Romanski, who plays a young attorney and friend of Elle named Emmett Forrest, likes the musical because of the relatable characters.
According to Lordo, the characters work well because different types of students are represented in the cast. Williams said the cast ranges from students who have performed in the theater for years to student athletes who are new to the stage. Despite any difference they appear to have, Williams is seeing the cast come together for the production, which fits with the theme of the play.
“At first (the students) didn’t get the message but now they’re starting to pick up on the message about not basing your attitude about people on the way they look,” Williams said. “It’s really interesting that the message of the play is being reflected in what’s happening with the cast. They’re crossing boundaries.”