On Stage: Capital High present "Legally Blonde: The Musical"

Capital High School presents "Legally Blonde: The Musical." (WCHS/WVAH)

It was a hit movie that spawned a successful Broadway production.

As we go on stage, Eyewitness News reporter Kennie Bass tells us about the Capital High School presentation of "Legally Blonde: The Musical."

What does it take for a Malibu beach bunny to find success at one of the nation's most prestigious law schools? Guts and determination.

“Her boyfriend, who she thought was going to propose to her, breaks up with her because he wants to go to Harvard because she's not serious enough for him. So she decides she's just going to go to Harvard with him,” Jill Maynus, who plays Elle Woods said.

In "Legally Blonde: The Musical," Elle Woods has had a successful undergraduate career. Ready for the next phase of her life, Elle dreams of a happily-ever-after relationship. But, unfortunately it's not meant to be.

“She meets him there and proves to him that she is smart enough to date him. But in the process realizes that she doesn't have to change who she is to impress anyone,” Maynus said.

Refusing to give up and go away, Elle makes new friends and sets her sights on winning a highly coveted internship from her smarmy law professor. In the process, she proves once and for all that it doesn't take a certain look to win, it takes a certain mind-set.

“It takes her a while to figure out that he's not really interested in her and that she really needs to stand on her own two feet. Of which she does, without sacrificing her friends. And in the end she becomes a lawyer and ends up being valedictorian of the class,” Performing Arts Department Chair Kathleen Corbett said.

There is still some fine-tuning to do with the show. Next week as opening night approaches the cast will put on their costumes, Elle will have her signature blonde locks and the crew will deal with the technical aspects of the production to get it ready for an audience.

“We have worked so hard on it and it really gives a really great message of not judging someone by just the way that they look and letting you be who you truly are. And if people don't accept that, well then, that's on them,” Maynus said.

Capital High's production of "Legally Blonde: The Musical" takes the stage May 4 through the 6th at the school's performing arts centre.

The curtain opens at 7:30 each night. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Children five and younger get in free.

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