PHOTOS: Steamboat middle school production hopes to makes its case with opening of Legally Blonde
Forty-four students from the Steamboat Springs Middle School and Sleeping Giant School will step into the spotlight this week during four presentations of Legally Blonde, Jr., Thursday, Oct. 13, Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15.
“I’ve done Legally Blonde (in the past) and the kids love it,” said director Marje Tracy. “It’s a great comedy. There are lots of numbers, there are lots of roles and I always go to a show that has lots of roles, so that way a lot of kids get to do lines.”
Legally Blonde, Jr. is the family-friendly version of the musical that follows the journey of the main character Elle Woods, a fashion-savvy sorority girl, who finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend, Warner. In an effort to prove she is more than just some blonde sorority girl, she heads to Harvard where she has to overcome prejudices as she pursues her own accomplishments.
Tracy, who directed high school musicals and theater productions in Connecticut before moving to Steamboat Springs three years ago, has stepped in to direct this year’s production — the third straight for the middle school.
“I was very anxious to get back into it,” Tracy said. “So, when the middle school seemed to need a director this year, I offered myself.”
She said it’s been a lot of fun, and is excited to see this year’s cast of 44 middle school students shine this week during performances in the Steamboat Springs Middle School auditorium at 39610 Amethyst Drive.
Opening night is 7 p.m. Thursday, and that show will be followed by performances Friday and Saturday at the same time. There will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium. Guests are asked to stop by the Steamboat Springs Middle School offices in advance to get tickets, which are free.
John F. Russell is the business reporter at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. To reach him, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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