September 20, 2017

‘Legally Blonde’ modernizes plot

Directors cut inappropriate content

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief

The production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” will hit the stage on April 18 and features an edgy modern plot line, so modern that some pieces were cut to keep the plot school-appropriate.

“The content and jokes are very current. We picked it because the rights for the play just came out; its really popular so we know it will bring a big audience because it’s so modern,” Stephen Colella, choir teacher, said. “We’ve cut it down because some of the lines and songs are not appropriate for a high school stage. Mrs. (Jennifer) Zorn (director) and I went through saying we can get away with this, but we can’t get away with that.”

Lizzie Jassin, senior, thinks it is good that pieces were cut.

“The cuts make the musical much more inspirational and serious. Some parts, like the ending of the broadway musical, weren’t sending the best message,” Jassin said.

According to Meghan Ausnehmer, senior, the play holds a traditional message that most musicals bring, but it is shown in a much more edgy way and more racy than past musicals.

“The play is a little more promiscuous than what we’ve had in the past. It’s such a huge contrast from what we did last year: Beauty and the Beast. It’ll definitely draw a modern crowd, and we expect a lot of people to come. Many people love the movie,” Ausnehmer said.

Ms. Zorn believes the musical is different because most of the story is told in songs, so there is very little dialogue.

According to Ausnehmer, directors expanded into recruiting more males in the musical  by talking to coaches in athletics.

“We’ve gotten a lot more new members to our cast, and we’ve expanded. We always try to gain boys, but this year we’ve specifically been working around athletic schedules so that they can receive the experience of a musical,” Ausnehmer said.

Jassin was excited to work with Mr. Colella because he said he would “push her.”

“He told me not to be broadway’s Elle Woods, but Lizzie’s Elle Woods,” Jassin said.

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