Geibel goes all out in ‘Legally Blonde the Musical’
This weekend Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School’s students will bring the comedy and high energy musical numbers of “Legally Blonde the Musical” to the stage at the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Uniontown.
The show, in which 82 percent of the student body will participate, opens 7 p.m. Friday. Additional shows will be presented 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
“Please come out and support the kids. They have worked so incredibly hard and this show is so much fun. If you need a smile you will get plenty if you come to see ‘Legally Blonde,’” said Nick Bell, director, producer and music director.
The musical, based upon the 2001 comedic movie which starred Reese Witherspoon, follows a vivacious blonde named Elle Woods in her quest to win back her boyfriend.
Elle follows him to Harvard Law School where she learns there is more to life and to herself than being the wife of a rich husband.
Bell thinks the audience will really enjoy the music and the enthusiasm the cast brings to the show.
“The songs are fantastic,” he said.
Bell said his favorite part of the show is the kids in his cast.
“Geibel kids are one-of-a-kind and they are the best part of this show,” he said.
Geibel junior Liz Camele, 17, of Connellsville plays Paulette Bonafonte, a brash and funny hairstylist who becomes fast friends with the main character, Elle Woods, played by Geibel senior Kaylee Ermine, 18, of Connellsville. Paulette and Elle help each other to achieve their dreams of the perfect man and manicure.
Camele said her character is shy at first but learns to come out of her shell. She is always supportive of her friends.
“I love her. She has a big heart and personality and she is outgoing,” Camele said.
She said her biggest challenge playing the character has been learning the Boston accent and then toning it down.
There are two non-human stars in the show: Ramsay, a 4½-year-old miniature dachshund from Morgantown, W.Va., who plays Elle’s dog Bruiser and Camele’s 12-year-old American cocker spaniel, Lucky, who plays Paulette’s dog Rufus.
Camele said she has enjoyed working with her own dog in the show.
“It’s been great ‘cause it’s Lucky’s stage debut and how many times do you get to act on stage with your dog,” Camele said.
Senior Mario Ruggieri, 17, of Connellsville plays the antagonist in the show, Professor Callahan, a pompous and manipulative law professor at Harvard.
“(He is) kind of a narcissist and more concerned about the ends more than the means,” Ruggieri said.
Ruggieri said he is enjoying playing the character, who is very different from who he is in real life. He said that has also created the biggest challenge.
“Becoming mean, ‘cause that’s not me,” Ruggieri said.
He said he especially likes the music in the show.
“Every song is catchy and I will find myself singing them two months after the show,” Ruggieri said.
Show tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the State Theatre Box Office or by calling the theater at 724-439-1360. Tickets also can be purchased at the door each night of the show. All seats are reserved.
Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.