'Blonde' moments to be savored on Berlin High stage

Published on Thursday, 22 February 2018 22:01
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - Beloved movie character Elle Woods will be brought to the local stage next month as the Berlin High School Music Department presents “Legally Blonde, The Musical!”

The play is an adaption of the hit film “Legally Blonde” and follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams, according to a synopsis of the play.

Woods has her life turned upside down when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law School. Determined to get him back, she charms her way into the prestigious school, but struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

“You’ll see things that are slightly expanded,” said choral director Tyler Boyle, comparing the play to the movie. “We get to learn a little bit more about the characters, who they are.”

Playing Elle Woods is junior Danyella Kaplan. This will be her first time in a lead role.

“I think the audience will like it a lot better” than previous plays, said Kaplan. “I feel like I really relate to this character a lot because sometimes I let what other people say influence my decisions,” Kaplan added.

Playing Vivienne, Woods’ enemy, is senior Anna Woodin, who said she doesn’t see Vivienne as an “evil” character. She sees the character as a person driven to get what she wants, and Woods gets in her way.

“Once she does realize how Elle isn’t here to just joke around and she is here to be serious, Vivienne turns out to be one of Elle’s greatest allies in helping her get back to what she should be doing,” said Woodin.

Kaplan and Woodin, along with sophomore Dawson Trotman, who plays Emmett, the guy Woods didn’t want at first but ends up with, said the play will be the biggest show the school has done, with a cast of about 50, a stage crew of 20 and 6 students in the orchestra alongside hired professional musicians.

“I find myself relating to Emmett a lot,” said Trotman of his awkward and nerdy, but motivated, character. “He sings an entire song about that there’s a chip on his shoulder, that he’s doing all of this so he can reach his dreams.”

Audience members can expect to see two furry friends, which Woodin loves, and drastic set differences. There will also be a women’s jail scene and a hair salon scene that will have authentic salon chairs set up on stage.

“These kids have worked immensely hard,” Boyle said, noting that rehearsals began in November. “I may be the director, but this is their show,” he added.

The musical opens Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m., with additionaly performances on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m.

Tickets for reserved seating can be bought in advance through the Berlin High School web page at berlinschools.org. General admission is $15m but students will be admitted for $10 with student ID, and Berlin school employees can buy seats for $12 with ID.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, on Thursday, 22 February 2018 22:01. Updated: Thursday, 22 February 2018 22:04.