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Milton High presents ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’ March 13-15
by Nicole Dow
March 05, 2014 01:58 PM | 2163 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Milton Theatre Company will bring “Legally Blonde” to the stage as the high school thespians gear up for their upcoming production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.”

The show will be performed March 13 to 15 and 20 to 22 at 7 p.m. at Milton High School.

“It’s just a show that’s fun,” said theater director Renee Denney. “That’s one of the reasons why I chose it, because I wanted to do something that the kids would be excited about being in and the community would be excited about seeing. It’s got a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor and silliness. It will be a fun evening out where you can just sit back, relax, laugh and be entertained.”

The musical is based on the 2001 romantic-comedy film, which features a young woman, Elle Woods, who is dumped by her boyfriend and decides to follow him to Harvard Law School. A musical based off the movie premiered on Broadway in 2007.

“Of course there are a lot of original songs, but the storyline is much similar to the movie,” Denney said. “[There are] the same characters [and] the same plot just told through more music and dance than in the movie, obviously.”

The high school’s production will star McKenzie Kurtz, a junior, as lead character Elle Woods. Junior Crawford Horton will play Emmett, senior Jason Byrd will play Professor Callahan and senior Emily McMillan will play Paulette.

Kurtz described Elle as “a girl who loves fashion and loves to be social, but she actually is very smart and she has to go on a little bit of a journey to realize that.”

To play the role, Kurtz dyed her hair platinum blonde.

“[Elle has] been a dream role of mine since [Legally Blonde: The Musical] first came out on Broadway, and I’m so excited about playing the role,” she said.

Denney said about 50 students make up the overall cast. Including the crew, the student participation jumps to about 70 individuals, she said.

The musical will be considered for the Shuler Hensley awards, which recognizes excellence in high school musical theater in Georgia.

“The judges will come see the show on one of the nights of the performances,” Denney said. “They announce the nominees sometime in April. Last year, McKenzie Kurtz won the Shuler Hensley award for leading actress in a musical.”

The Milton Theatre Company’s spring musical last year was “Spamalot.”

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