The long road to Legally Blonde

Jake Banasiewicz falls out of his chair during the last week of preparation for the musical. Legally Blonde has been a huge hit so far, almost selling out immediately.

Leesville’s theatre department has been hard at work for months in preparation for their last show of the school year. Legally Blonde sold fast and has only good reviews, but those involved went through a lot of trouble to achieve this success.

The crew planned to begin preparing for the musical mid-February; however, Raleigh weather had other ideas. Instead of starting off on the right foot, those working on the musical missed nine rehearsals due to the snow which resulted in multiple all day Saturday rehearsals.

Just this week, the crew has conquered yet another “hell week.”

“This week is called ‘hell week’ for a reason: We literally live at school. We usually get to leave at around 9 or 10…but it is necessary to making this the perfect show,” said Nate Purich, senior actor.

“During show week, rehearsal times are listed as ‘2:30-done,’” said Anna Longenecker, senior who plays main character, Elle Woods. “We stay at school until we have finished perfecting cues, running the show full out and taking notes on whatever needs improvement.”

With all the blood, sweat and tears put into the show, those involved have no doubt regarding the success of Legally Blonde.

“It’s funny, entertaining, and every single one of the people working on the show gives it their all,” said Purich. “I’m very proud of what we have accomplished.”

“This show is a big one, and certainly very hard to pull off, but thanks to our fabulous directors, I think it is one of Leesville’s best yet!” said Longenecker.


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