Encinal Drama Club Goes Legally Blonde

Encinal Drama Club Goes Legally Blonde

The Encinal High School (EHS) Drama Club will perform Legally Blonde: the Musical on May 6, 7, 13 and 14 at the EHS gymnasium.

This fast-paced, entertaining show is based on the popular 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie. The movie was then adapted into a Broadway musical in 2007. EHS Drama Club students will perform the crowd-pleasing, show-stopping numbers from the seven-time Tony Award nominated musical such as “Omigod U Guys,” “Whipped into Shape,” “Bend and Snap,” and the title song.

In the musical, Elle Woods (played by Addie Griffith) applies to Harvard Law School after it becomes clear to her that is the only way to win back her love, Warner Huffington III, (Kash Mejia). Helped by her trio of friends, (Annabel Jones, Madison Schlader, and Samantha Cleminshaw) Elle is accepted at Harvard Law where she meets Emmett (Jyosna Jaslow), an aspiring graduate assistant, and Professor Callahan (Khalil Carmim) whose skepticism regarding her ability to be a successful lawyer turns to admiration when she becomes a key member of the legal team defending workout queen Brooke Windham (Jaden Grizzle). Her efforts to win back Huffington hits an obstacle, Warner’s new girlfriend, Vivienne (Averie Martin), but with perseverance and more assistance from her newfound friends, Paulette (Charlotte Morgan), who runs a local hair salon, and Enid Hoopes (Inky Arneson), a passionate graduate student, Elle triumphs, and learns some valuable lessons along the way.

The show has been given a PG13 rating by Music Theatre International and has content that some parents may find inappropriate for small children.

The remainder of the cast (Amelia Ericson, Senna Garcia, Virginia Morgan, Brian Lin, Liris Robles, Skyla Wong, Katy Velasco, Ava Schiraga, and Kyle Hoffman) cover all the other characters we meet.

The musical has a cinematic quality, moving quickly from one scene to the next, necessitating quick scene changes performed flawlessly by the backstage crew (Keira Kauv, Naomi Chalem-Wallach, Astrid Heifner, Evin Ellson, Lily Golub, Amy Zhang, Annie Wise, and Alison Koffler).

The production marks the return of Robert Moorhead, Encinal’s long-time drama teacher who retired in 2016 after 32 years of teaching and directing more than 50 plays and musicals at the school. His wife, Amy, has also returned to help with choreography. It is also the first musical at EHS since their 2019 performance of “The Addams Family,” and the cast and crew are delighted to be able to welcome back musical theater lovers to Encinal.

Tickets are available in advance at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/64046 and will also be available at the door on the nights of the performances. EHS is located at 210 Central Ave.

1st row (seated from left to right): Liris Robles, Inky Arneson, Addie Griffith, Sam Cleminshaw, Amelia Ericson, Averie Martin, Madison Schlader
2nd row: Ava Schiraga, Khalil Carim, Senna Garcia, Brian Lin, Charlotte Morgan, Annabel Jones
3rd Row: Jyosna Jaslow and Kash Mejia