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Charles Hays Secondary School presenting Legally Blonde: The Musical at Lester Centre

Exercise guru Brooke Wyndham (Naomi Kowal, centre) and her crew get Whipped into Shape in the upcoming CHSS production of Legally Blonde opening Dec.6th at the Lester Centre of the Arts.  - Larry Hope
Exercise guru Brooke Wyndham (Naomi Kowal, centre) and her crew get Whipped into Shape in the upcoming CHSS production of Legally Blonde opening Dec.6th at the Lester Centre of the Arts.
— image credit: Larry Hope

Charles Hays Secondary School (CHSS) students and staff are putting the final touches on this year's theatrical production, Legally Blonde: The Musical.

Legally Blonde: The Musical was created by Heather Hach and is based off Amanda Brown novel and 2001 film with the same name. The musical follows bubbly-blonde sorority president Elle Woods (Caitlenn Bull), who is under the impression that her boyfriend Warner (Cyrus Sobredo) is going to propose to her over dinner, but instead he dumps her, stating he's looking for someone more serious. In an attempt to win him back, Elle follows Warner to Harvard Law School, where to her dismay she discovers Warner has a new girlfriend, Vivienne (Zoey Hellfors). Elle struggles to fit in at Havard, but with some help from new friends Emmett (Marcus Anderson) and Paulette (Hannah Komadina) she realizes she has a lot more to offer than being someone's good looking wife.

"It's a journey of self-discovery and finding her self-worth," said O'Toole.

All together 27 students will be acting and singing in the production, as well as cameos from two alumni, James McNish and Jasper Nolos. O'Toole said the cast is a high-energy group that doesn't hold back.

"It's great to see young people at their best and showing their talent. Sometimes teenagers get a bad wrap so it's amazing to see what they can do when they come together," O'Toole said.

Audience members can expect memorable moments from the movie version of Legally Blonde, such as Elle's bend and snap trick, to be captured in musical numbers written by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe. Musical director Tristan Fox will be leading a 12-piece band made up of current and former students from the district to create an authentic musical experience.

CHSS' Legally Blonde: The Musical will run for three nights at the Lester Centre of the Arts, starting on Thursday, Dec. 6 and running until Saturday, Dec. 8. Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. nightly.

"It's going to be a great way to brighten a dreary Rupert evening," O'Toole assured.

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