By: Tayla Evans, Schalick High School, Pittsgrove, N.J.
ATCO, N.J. — Winslow Township High School‘s production of “Legally Blonde” was exactly ‘what you want’! With an energetic cast and stunning vocals, Winslow’s performance was ‘serious’-ly good.
Based on the 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon, “Legally Blonde” is about an energetic young woman, Elle Woods, who wants to be taken seriously and goes all the way to Harvard to prove it. Starting its Broadway run in 2007, the show was written by Heather Hach, and music and lyrics were done by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin. With these unforgettable characters and fantastically catchy songs, Winslow did a wonderful job.
Winslow’s Drama Club and Stage Crew’s energy and work throughout the show are not unnoticed. With a large cast, each actor found a way to make their characters, big or small, shine. Specifically, Kate (Alyvia Janicki) was impressive with her great vocals and sharp dancing. The entire cast seemed to be having a blast throughout the entire performance.
Keziah Awa’s performance as Elle Woods was consistent and fun. Vocally, she kept up with the difficult songs and executed the high notes well. Colin Wallace as Emmett Forrest skillfully portrayed the sweetness of the character, all the while singing beautifully. The pair’s chemistry was undeniable, especially in both of the entertaining songs “Take it Like a Man” and “Chip on My Shoulder.”
The whole cast worked well together and was especially noticeable in the song “Gay or European,” which was both well done and hilarious. Elle’s Greek Chorus, specifically Pilar (Emily LeGore), Margot (Favour Nyanjoh), and Serena (Alexa Renzulli), was captivating and enthusiastic. Notably, Cass Juarez’s performance as Paulette Buonofuonte was fantastic! Her comedic timing, beautiful vocals, and hilarious accent were difficult to balance but were executed well. At her side, Anthony Bambino’s Kyle was adorably hilarious, too. Additionally, David Creel as Warner Huntington III was entertaining, with funny facial expressions and good delivery. Alongside him, Shilo Garnett’s vocals as Vivienne were incredibly good.
Looking closely at the technical elements of the show, the lighting was consistent and matched each scene it was in. There were even the colors of the Irish flag in the song “Ireland”! Winslow’s Stage Crew additionally executed several smooth scene transitions with multiple set pieces at an impressive speed. Additionally, their set was interesting, taking the audience from UCLA to Harvard with simple, yet effective pieces.
Overall, Winslow Township High School’s production of “Legally Blonde” was nothing short of ‘positive’!
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