Big box office movie is coming to the high school stage

Cobar High School is presenting Legally Blonde Jr —The Musical next month at the school. Students have been rehearsing since May. This group of students, with teacher and the production’s director Alex Hernando, was snapped by our photographer last week painting one of the sets for the show.

Cobar High School students will bring the massive hit movie Legally Blonde to the stage next month.

The 2001 film grossed more than US$140million at the box office and has since been made into a musical.

Year 11 students Angela Shepherd and Laine Ellicott lead the cast with Angela playing the Harvard Law student “with great taste in clothes” Elle Woods opposite Laine, her Harvard associate, Emmett Forrest.

There’s approximately 40 students and 15 staff involved in the production playing characters, in the chorus, building props and painting back drops, working as stage hands, sourcing costumes, and working on lighting and sound.

The show’s director, teacher Alex Hernando said while all the leads are played by students, there will however be “a special appearance by several teachers in one scene”.

“But it’s a secret,” Ms Hernando said.

Auditions for the show began back in April and rehearsals in May.

“Preparations are well underway with the majority of movement and staging choreographed, “ Ms Hernando said.

“Students are both excited and nervous as the time before our opening night draws closer.

“They are busy practicing their lines and movement, channelling their characters through singing and dancing and finalising backdrops.”

Ms Hernando said the school was lucky to have a former student Bek Manns, who graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Communications (Theatre/Media), helping out with this year’s production, as their assistant director.

There are to be three performances of Legally Blonde Jr at the school’s MPC building.