Review By: Talia Metcalf, Delsea Regional High School
SICKLERVILLE, N.J. — Blonde has never looked better! Timber Creek Regional High School’s production of “Legally Blonde” was a must-see performance.
“Legally Blonde” was originally a romantic comedy movie that came out in 2001. Its immense popularity led to a musical adaptation in 2007, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin. The story follows Elle Woods, a rich, bubbly, pink-loving sorority girl at UCLA. She’d do anything to win her ex-boyfriend back–even enroll at Harvard Law School! But, little did she know, she would instead fall in love with the law–and with her TA.
Timber Creek’s Electric Theatre Company wowed the audience with a charming cast and impressive sets. From the leads to the smallest featured roles, everyone gave their all. Their enthusiasm on stage made the show very enjoyable to watch.
Monica Thomas’s performance as Elle Woods was fun and bubbly. Her acting was spot on, truly evoking the spirit of the sorority girl. She had a gorgeous singing voice, proven by her solo song, “So Much Better,” which she ended with a show-stopping belt. Alex Brasberger, playing Emmett Forrest, complimented Elle’s voice and created beautiful and heartbreaking harmonies in the song “Legally Blonde.”
The supporting characters all brought something unique to the show. Julia Nelson played Paulette Buonafonte, everyone’s favorite hairdresser. Nelson had the audience both roaring with laughter from her impeccable delivery and comedic timing and in awed silence from her powerful singing in “Ireland.” And she kept up Paulette’s accent the whole time! Professor Callahan, played by Josh Collins, was a strong actor and singer from his first entrance to the end of the show. In both “Blood in the Water” and “Whipped into Shape,” he projected his voice well and every word was very clear and powerful.
Timber Creek brought the audience from Los Angeles to Boston and everywhere in between. The sets, which were constructed by their stage crew, looked great and were very immersive. They could be manipulated with ease to transition between scenes. A unique aspect of this performance was the use of a projector screen. The large screen could descend quickly and quietly and displayed various backgrounds to set the scene.
From the cast to the crew to the directors, Timber Creek showed their love for theater and put on a delightful and funny show. In the words of Elle Woods herself: “What, like it’s hard?”
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