DATE: March 6, 2018
CONTACT: Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer
PHONE: 434-972-4049

The Message From Western Albemarle High School’s Spring Musical Has a Page One Look

(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – Among the highest profile issues on the front page of newspapers these days are discussions around the importance of respect for every individual. It’s a contemporary topic that will be brought to life on stage next week when Western Albemarle students perform Legally Blonde as their spring musical.

The show, which opened on Broadway in 2007 and received seven Tony award nominations, later earned London’s Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. It since has been staged throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

The musical debuted in San Francisco and moved to Broadway in 2007, where it grossed as much as $1 million a week. On Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m., it begins a three-day run at Western.

“It’s a wonderful, lively, fast-paced show, highlighted by 25 musical numbers,” said Caitlin Pitts, the school’s drama director. “This easily is our largest cast and crew, 95 students, who will be pouring their considerable talents into a highly entertaining evening and one with a very serious, universal message,” she added.

The show’s story, revolving around a young woman who rises above stereotypes to become a successful Harvard-educated lawyer, has struck a compelling tone for students.

The main character is Elle Woods, who is rejected by her boyfriend, but is determined to outperform him at Harvard Law. She encounters further resistance at the university, where her background does not measure up to the social standards of her classmates. Through determination, hard work, and intelligence, Elle becomes the valedictorian of her class and a successful lawyer.

“It’s impossible to see the remarkable journey of this character unfold and not leave the theater without a greater sense of confidence and optimism in your own future,” said Pitts of the show, which is rated PG-13. “I have never been more impressed by the enthusiasm of a cast and crew involved with a spring musical or with the personal impact of a show’s message on individual students,” she said.

The initial public performance will be 7:30 on Thursday, March 15, at the high school, when the cast will perform a benefit dress rehearsal. Proceeds from the show will fund the Eric Betthauser Memorial Scholarship, awarded to two graduating seniors who will study the arts in college.

The show formally opens the next evening, Friday, March 16, also at 7:30. The run concludes on Saturday, March 17, with a matinee performance at 2:00, followed by a 7:30 evening show.

Tickets in advance are $12 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students. At the door, tickets for adults will be $14 and $8 for senior citizens and students. Tickets can be purchased in the high school’s main office or online at https://events.ticketprinting.com/event/Legally-Blonde-26731.

The community can get a sneak preview of the performance this Friday at ArtFest in the West, which will be held in Western’s cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m. The event showcases artwork and performances from students throughout western feeder pattern schools, including selections from Legally Blonde. There is no admission charge for ArtFest and donations will support arts programs in all of the feeder pattern’s schools.

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