ABERDEEN, S.D. – Tickets for the Northern State University
Theater fall musical production, “Legally Blonde - The Musical,” are for sale.
Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 19 and 20 on the Johnson Fine Arts Center main stage. All seats are reserved.
California college sweetheart and sorority star Elle Woods doesn’t take “no” for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and sets out where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law School.
Based on the hit MGM movie starring Reese Witherspoon, “Legally Blonde - The Musical” is an award-winning Broadway sensation and winner of “Best New Musical” at the 2011 Laurence Olivier Awards in London. “Legally Blonde - The Musical” has music and lyrics by the husband-and-wife team of Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and is based on a book by Heather Hach.
NSU Theater’s production features Larissa Buchholz as Elle Woods. Buchholz was seen last year as Meg Giry in “Phantom of the Opera” and Kira in “Xanadu.” Paul Hoselton appears as Emmett Forest, the Harvard grad assistant who helps Elle during her difficult first semester and wins her heart. Hoselton was last seen as Raoul in “Phantom of the Opera.”
As Paulette, Elle’s hairdresser and confidante will be Emily Davis, who also appeared in last year’s “Phantom of the Opera” and “Xanadu.” The three UCLA Delta Nu sorority sisters who comprise Elle’s chief cheering section include Yvonne Freese (who appeared as Christine in “Phantom of the Opera” and “Xanadu” at NSU, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” at Aberdeen Community Theatre and both of last summer’s Northern Fort Playhouse productions.
Rounding out the trio are two NSU Theater newcomers Heather Kelsey and Kaitlin Buchholz. Steve Balsarini (well-known to ACT audiences for his performances in “The Producers,” “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” and NSU Theater audiences for his roles in “Eurydice” and “Fiddler on the Roof”) plays Professor Callahan. Anthony Rohr is Warner Kensington III, the man Elle follows to Harvard. He has appeared at NSU in “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Phantom of the Opera.”
The production is directed by NSU Director of Theater Daniel Yurgaitis, with vocal direction by NSU music faculty member Michael Skyles and music direction by NSU music faculty member Robert Vodnoy. NSU scenic design professor Joshua John Frachiseur is creating the sets, and NSU adjunct faculty member Nicole Frachiseur, who created the wardrobe for last season’s “Phantom of the Opera” and “Xanadu,” is designing the costumes. Student Kate Jarland is stage manager, assisted by students Lyndsey Messmer, Eric Derington and Kirk Bender. Kyle Stugelmayer is choreographing and Tina Hanagan will provide sound design.
Tickets are on sale in the NSU Wolf Shoppe (NSU bookstore) in the renovated Student Center, and the show is recommended for all ages. Tickets cost $14 for adults. Senior citizens and non-NSU students are $12. Cash and checks are only accepted. There are no exchanges or refunds available for this production and group rates are available. Tickets will increase $2 at the door.
The Wolf Shoppe is open 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call 605-626-2563.
The 2012-13 NSU Theater season sponsors are the Aberdeen American News, Dacotah Bank and Ramada Inn.