CCHS goes blonde

Alyssa Bauer stars as Elle Woods in Culpeper County High School’s production of “Legally Blonde – The Musical, Jr.”

“Omigod You Guys,” Elle Woods is coming to Culpeper.

Culpeper County High School’s theatre production of “Legally Blonde – The Musical, Jr.” will be presented Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

CCHS fine arts teacher Maxi Mitchell said the students helped choose the musical, which is based on the novel “Legally Blonde” by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon.

“What we do is present four musical options that the directing team selects at the end,” Mitchell said. “We let the kids vote to get their input and we come to a decision together. This is a marriage of the students choice and the director’s choice.”

The story is based on the the novel “Legally Blonde” by Amanda Brown and the film that stars Reese Witherspoon.

It tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School in an attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. She finds that she has a natural propensity for law and helps defend exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial. It shows how believing in oneself can help you defy expectations.

“It follows the storyline very closely, with musical numbers added in,” Mitchell said.

Alyssa Bauer plays Woods, while Micah Leuterio performs as Warner. Chad McKnight plays her Harvard Law love interest Emmett Forest and Skylar Hagen is Paulette, the beautician.

“I grew up on the movie, my mom and I love it and we watch it all the time,” Bauer said. “It’s really a dream come true.”

Bauer said the message of the musical is an uplifting one.

“I like how optimistic she is, I like to think I’m like that in my everyday life,” Bauer said.

The play opens with the Delta Nu sorority sisters singing “Omigod You Guys,” as they prepare for Elle to be proposed to by Warner. Instead, he breaks up with her as he goes off to Harvard Law, saying he needs to date someone more “serious.”

That leads to Woods following him, earning entry in the Harvard and finding out he has a new girlfriend.

She goes to Paulette’s hair salon to become a brunette, convinced that will make her more serious.

Hagen, utilizing a New England accent, talks her off the ledge.

“It was a little difficult at first, I was kind of nervous to do the accent,” Hagen said with a laugh. “I just kind of went with it and it came out.”

Hagen said she was excited to find out the school was doing a production of Legally Blonde, and says her favorite number in the play is “Bend and Snap.”

“All the girls help Paulette get guys, and she’s not having it,” Hagen said.

McKnight said it was a little weird getting into the role as a Harvard “preppie.”

“It’s definitely a little weird, I think I carry myself a little different than a Harvard person does,” McKnight said.

His favorite number in the musical is “Legally Blonde.”

“I just think it’s such a fun and exciting show, it’s one of the few heartfelt moments,” McKnight said.

Mitchells said the cast and crew of more than 50 have been working on the show since December, practicing the grueling transitions and 15 musical numbers.

“We’re using one of our new fly systems, we have projections,” Mitchell said. “It’s the fastest transitional show we’ve ever done. Everything is very fast paced.”

Tickets at the door are $5 for students and $10 for adults.

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