Tyler Junior College Theatre Department will perform “Legally Blonde: The Musical” this fall. “Legally Blonde” originated as a movie and is not a musical performance. It was adapted as a musical in 2007 with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Neil Benjamin. The film takes place in 2001.
Legally Blonde tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend, Warner. But along the way she discovers a passion for law and defending the innocent. The TJC Theatre Department presents “Legally Blonde: the Musical” from Oct. 4-7.
Jacob Davis, professor of theatre, will direct the show.
“The things that the students are capable of doing is always fun to celebrate and be a part of. I think it’s really good for the junior college for folks that are just coming out of high school. This moment you students are discovering who you are, and that’s always fun for me to watch that journey,” Davis said. “This is just kind of a microcosm of that, of watching someone grow and become who they really are. So, enjoy that.”
Davis says the production will feature multiple set changes and brightly colored scenery.
“There will be a lot of rollers where it is easy to move set pieces on and off the stage,” Davis said. He mentioned he is looking forward to the audience just enjoying the show.
“First of all, it’s a lot of fun to kind of go with these outlandish characters, but it’s also real, honest,” Davis said. “And I think it’s good for everybody to think about the idea that you may be perceived one way, but there’s actually probably more to you, and ways that we get to go along with people as they discover it.”
Carolyn Hanna, who is the department chair in dance, will be the choreographer for this fall’s performance.
Auditions open at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center.
Those who want to work behind the scenes will have a technical audition. This will include an audition form and a short interview. Following that, performers who want to be in the production will sing 32 bars of a song with an accompaniment. Davis said he is looking for contemporary musicals that were written in the last 20 years. However it is not a requirement, students can sing what they are comfortable with. Dance auditions will follow.