South Albany High School Theater Arts will partner with Linn-Benton Community College this fall to produce the musical “Legally Blonde, The Musical,” which will play at LBCC’s Russell Tripp Performance Center in January.
Benjamin Sell, director of Theater Arts at South Albany, said the partnership provides an opportunity for his students to work with LBCC’s theater department, and gives the school a larger venue for its performance.
"One of the hardest things I've ever had to do in my career was turning people away at the door from this years’ sold out performances of Back to the 80's," said Sell. "Our students are doing amazing things and the community is incredibly supportive. This partnership gives us the chance to work with the talented people and great facilities at LBCC to put on an even better show for a much bigger audience. We're so thankful to LBCC for the opportunity."
Sell says the collaboration will also benefit students by giving them a taste of college life and connecting them early to LBCC. “By the time these kids start thinking about next steps after high school, that transition becomes a lot less intimidating because of the hours they've already spent on campus,” he said.
“Legally Blonde, The Musical,” is based on the 2001 film. This fun, feel good musical features peppy songs, memorable dance numbers, and a great message about how staying true to yourself never goes out of style.
The musical tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl with a positive spirit that is only matched by her fabulousness. After her boyfriend dumps her because she isn’t “serious” enough, Elle enrolls at Harvard Law School to win him back and prove herself to the world.
Along the way, she finds a passion for the law and helping others, and achieves more than she ever imagined - all with her beloved little dog “Bruiser” at her side.
“Legally Blonde, The Musical” was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2008. It has since become one of the most frequently produced shows at high schools, colleges, and community theaters across the country, and makes its debut in the Albany/Corvallis region with this collaborative production between South Albany High School and LBCC.
Performance dates are January 18, 19, and 20 at 7:00 p.m., and January 21 at 2 p.m. Information on ticket sales will be available this fall.
For more information, contact the Russell Tripp theater box office at 541-917-4531 or South Albany High School at 541-967-4522. For special needs and accommodations, call 541-917-4789 or Oregon Relay TDD at 1-800-735-2900 at least 72 hours in advance of this event.