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Steel River Playhouse To Stage "Legally Blonde Jr."


Aug 25, 2017 -

"Legally Blonde Jr.," a musical based on the popular movie starring Reese Witherspoon, will be presented at Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High St., Pottstown, on Friday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 26, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m.

The show follows the story of Elle Woods, a popular, good-looking and well-dressed young woman, and her boyfriend, Warner. Elle's world is shattered when Warner decides to break up with her and get serious about his future and attend Harvard Law.

Determined to win him back, Elle manages to get into Harvard Law herself so she can prove to Warner that she's serious enough for him. Once at school, she struggles to fit in and is challenged by her peers, her professors and her ex. However, with the help of some new friends, Elle realizes her potential and wins the respect of her peers.

The cast of "Legally Blond Jr." is comprised of area youths ages 12 to 18. The play stars Jocelyn Shank, a student at Daniel Boone High School, as Elle and Jason Scansaroli, a student at Henderson High School, as Warner. The director and choreographer is Chelsea Barnett, and the musical director is Stephen Fisher.

Beth McDonnell, director of sales and marketing, explained that Steel River presents a teen show every summer in addition to offering summer theater camps for youths.

"Normally we do camps, which are two weeks long, where (youths) get instruction and at the end, they do a production," McDonnell said. "We also do a teen show, and that's an auditioned show where they set up on the mainstage and it is all cast with teenagers.

"(The teen show) gives more opportunity to kids who have a little more serious stake into growing as performers," she added. "It's a bridge show between an instructional and production workshop and a mainstage show."

The motion picture "Legally Blonde" was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy, as well as Best Actress. "Legally Blonde The Musical" opened at Broadway's Palace Theatre in April 2007, starring Laura Bell Bundy as Elle Woods.

"There is a full-length production show and a junior version, which is a bit shorter," McDonnell noted. "In essence, it's more (family-friendly). It's very appropriate for all ages and a really good show."

She said that the play features catchy musical numbers and a fun story, but it also shares an important message about setting goals while staying true to oneself. "It is lighthearted and fun like the movie and celebrates finding yourself, being independent and going after your dreams," said McDonnell. "(Elle) goes to Harvard for a guy, but then realizes she wants (to be there for) herself. And the music is really, really catchy."

For more information or tickets, readers may visit http://www.steelriver.org or contact the box office at 610-970-1199. More information about the theater is available at http://www.facebook.com/TriPACVillage or by emailing beth.mcdonnell@steelriver.org.

McDonnell noted that the theater will kick off its 2017-18 season in October with "The Nerd." The holiday show will be "A Christmas Carol." Auditions for "A Christmas Carol" will be held at the theater on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 16 and 17, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A large cast of men, women and children is needed for the production. For audition requirements and to reserve an audition appointment, readers may email casting@steelriver.org.

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