Legally Blonde rehearsals, preparation underway

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Legally Blonde rehearsals, preparation underway

Junior Gia Yoder rehearses a piece in the choir room before auditioning for this year's musical, Legally Blonde.

Junior Gia Yoder rehearses a piece in the choir room before auditioning for this year's musical, Legally Blonde.

Nyah Phengsitthy

Junior Gia Yoder rehearses a piece in the choir room before auditioning for this year's musical, Legally Blonde.

Nyah Phengsitthy

Nyah Phengsitthy

Junior Gia Yoder rehearses a piece in the choir room before auditioning for this year's musical, Legally Blonde.

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After enrolling in Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend, sorority member Elle Woods learns what it’s like to be a lawyer and defend someone else’s rights. Representing the life of Elle Woods and the struggles she goes through, the annual musical production was announced to be Legally Blonde.

Theater director Ken Gibson and other fine arts coordinators contributed to what they thought the student body would enjoy seeing this year for the winter musical.

“It was something here that they talked about doing for a while and I think I just wanted to do something that was kind of new, kind of fresh, fairly recent and somewhat relevant or relatable to the students,” Gibson said.

Students who were interested in auditioning for the musical were given two songs to learn, two for females and two for males. There were also workshops held during the month of November to review monologues, songs and dances.

Being in multiple drama productions throughout her life, junior Gia Yoder decided to audition for the show that she has shown love for since the beginning of her childhood.

“This has been one of my favorite shows since sixth grade. There are videos of sixth grade Gia sitting in her basement in a blonde wig. They are so good. The videos of me are me singing songs from the show, and I almost started crying when they announced the show,” Yoder said.

Aside from the script and music, another important aspect of the musical is dance. Differing from past school musicals, the Legally Blonde musical dance numbers require more energy and faster pace movement. Being in charge of how to move and when to move, dance teacher Amber Corriston has stressed the importance of building stamina during a high paced show.

“It’s a ton of choreography and singing, so those in the show will need to get out and go running and sing at the same time to build stamina,” Corriston said. “In terms of dance, I am looking for people who are willing to try new things, who work hard to learn choreography and take direction well, who want to learn more and be a part of the community that is built when working on a show, and who just love to dance.”

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