Children’s Comnmunity Theatre’s production of “Legally Blonde” opens Friday and continues through the weekend at Northern Illinois University’s O’Connell Theatre in the Stevens Building on the DeKalb campus.
The musical, based on the 2001 movie of the same name, follows the story of Elle Woods, a pink-clad, California sorority girl who enrolls in Harvard Law School to try to reunite with the boyfriend who dumped her. Along the way, she is encouraged by visions of her sorority sisters, makes new friends and defies all expectations as she discovers herself.
The script by Heather Hatch is brought to life with music by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin.
Musical numbers include “Serious,” “What you Want,” “Blood in the Water,” “Bend and Snap,” and the title song, “Legally Blonde.”
The show is directed by CCT President Kris Pagoria and musical director Susan Webb, with choreography by Morgan Clott. The cast features 60 students who have been rehearsing vigorously since June 18 as part of CCT’s intense Advanced Imagination Camp experience.
The camp, held each summer, charges students with creating a full-length musical, from start to finish, in just two weeks. Individuals enrolled in the camp audition on day one and work 5 hours daily in preparation for the production.
In leading roles, Kaytie Rivkin (Sycamore) portrays Elle Woods, Paul Stensrud (Genoa) plays her ex-boyfriend Warner Huntington, with Blythe Schwaller (Sheridan) appearing as his new girlfriend, Vivienne. Dominic Johnson (Sycamore) and Danielle Stensrud (Genoa) are Emmett and Paulette, new friends Elle meets at Harvard, who help her find her true potential.
Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $12 for advanced seating and can be purchased online at www.cctonstage.com.
Students involved in the production will sell pink ribbons throughout the show to help raise money for breast cancer awareness.