Our high school drama students put on their spring performance, Legally Blonde The Musical Jr. last week, with a dress rehearsal for staff on Thursday and two performances for high school and parents on Friday.
Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally Blonde The Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. When Elle's boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she's not "serious" enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate Emmett and spunky hairdresser Paulette along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren't mutually exclusive. As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that practicing law may be her natural calling after all.
"This was my 15th production with Concordia and each one has brought its challenges, joys, frustrations, and triumphs," said Mrs. Bloemberg. "COVID-19 made this hard in ways I had never before encountered and we went through MANY iterations of how to pull off a show - potentially with NO audience! The students all remained flexible as we pivoted and then pivoted and then pivoted again. They worked hard, laughed hard, and brought joy to everyone who saw the show. That is the true purpose of theatre and I hope that every one of the students continues to have theatre in their lives in some capacity."
Over 30 high school students took part in what was one of our school’s most ambitious performances to date. There were six seniors in the cast, many of whom have been part of the drama program at Concordia for years.
"Though there were quite a few setbacks along the way, I'm glad that out of all the drama performances to end my time at Concordia with, this was the one," said Andy (G12). "The whole process from start to finish was full of antics and shenanigans, accompanied by wonderfully ridiculous individuals. By bringing everyone together, the musical has also formed lasting bonds between us seniors and our underclassmen, which I think makes for a perfect parting gift."
"It definitely has been such an entertaining experience performing Legally Blonde, especially with an extraordinary group of people," said Thai Huy (G12). "Being a senior, I am thankful to have an opportunity to participate in one final production that has helped me forge valuable memories with my friends and introduce me to the youth that would eventually be in my place in a few years."
“My experience in drama over the years has contributed a lot to my self-confidence,” said Miles (G12). “I am normally the goofy kid, but there have been plays where Mrs. Bloemberg put me in roles that aren’t my personality, like in 8th grade where I got the part of Moriarty, who was the villain, and this year as the love interest in Legally Blonde. These experiences have pushed me out of my comfort zone to become more versatile in drama.”