By Hannah Gibbons of Bishop DuBourg
Pink! Shopping! Sorority sisters! More pink! And…Harvard Law School? How can a rose-clad ditz turn into a master lawyer? Nerinx Hall reveals the answer in its production of Legally Blonde: The Musical.
Legally Blonde: The Musical, with script written by Heather Hach and music by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, is based off the 2001 movie and the book of the same name by Amanda Brown. It premiered in California before soon moving to Broadway in 2007.
It is the tale of a blonde, seemingly unintelligent sorority president who follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard to win him back. Along the way, she overcomes her hardships and lets her smarts shine.
Nerinx’s Legally Blonde: The Musical is an absolutely superb production that is brimming with energy, talent, and strong chorus dancing and singing. The cast as a whole is well timed, and they all work together fantastically to document Elle‘s (Berklea Going) journey.
The dancing is thrilling, being especially impressive during “What You Want” and synchronized during “Whipped Into Shape”. The overall feel is fast paced, while not being rushed. The production is one that truly enchanted.
Each member of the cast executed their role with vigor. Elle Woods (Berklea Going) is perky and charming with a pitch-perfect voice that adjusts to the mood of the song.
Elle’s love interest Emmett Forrest (Ben Diamond) performs with amiability and commitment to character. Paulette Buonofuonte (Liz Vasel), complete with stunning vocal numbers, is a hilarious character that is portrayed in a way that one cannot help but love.
Legally Blonde's supporting characters and ensembles are also energetic and brilliant. The Greek Chorus, being led by Margot (Maggie Kickham), Serena (Abbey Marino), and Pilar (Sya Collins), executes their choreography and vocal pieces with precision and drive.
Kate Kickham, who plays the role of Brooke, is able to jump rope and still have strong vocals throughout “Whipped into Shape”. As a whole, the cast is exuberant, committed, and fluid.
The technical side of Nerinx’s Legally Blonde: The Musical is nothing less than amazing. While there are a few times when characters are out of light or not completely in spotlight, the lighting is otherwise precise and it coincides with the emotion of the scene.
The set and the backdrops are astounding and unbelievably versatile for a high school production. For a few characters, age makeup could have been utilized better, but most other aged characters actually gave the illusion of a middle aged actor. The orchestra was magnificent and made each little aspect of the show enjoyable, from the massive musical numbers, to Kyle (Adam Reinagel) comically walking on and off stage.
Legally Blonde: The Musical is an endearing and captivating show that Nerinx Hall succeeds in bringing to life marvelously. Nothing will be able to keep one from saying, "Oh my God, you guys!"
This review was submitted by The Cappies, a program that trains high school theater and journalism students as critics. The students then attend shows at other schools, write reviews and publish those reviews in local news outlets. At the end of the year, student critics vote for awards that are presented at a formal Cappies Gala.