Written by Lydia Robledo Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00
After a long summer of rehearsals and steadfast preparation, the Carle Place Student Run Theatre Company (CPSRTC) kicked off the school year with the lighthearted comedy Legally Blonde: The Musical. Based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the famous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture, the musical made its Carle Place debut to a packed house at the high school auditorium on two consecutive nights.
The curtains parted for the show’s opening number, “Omigod You Guys,” as peppy, fashion-forward sorority girl Elle Woods, played by senior Anjelica Pisacone, expectedly awaited a proposal from her Harvard-bound boyfriend Warner Huntington III, played by senior Nick Castello.
When Warner breaks up with her instead to pursue his dream of becoming senator, Elle trades her Malibu party days for a set of law books and jets off to Harvard in hopes of winning back his heart. Once she learns how to combine her spunky personality with her knowledge of law, she helps clear the murder charges against accused exercise superstar Brooke Wyndham. Along the way, she captures the heart of Harvard senior Emmet Forest (played by sophomore Ryan Hopkins) and learns that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
Directed by senior Elena Lofgren, the cast, students from grades 9 through 12, gave a truly commendable performance, complete with dance numbers choreographed by senior Alessandra Varrassi. They were accompanied by remarkable vocals, under the direction of senior Gregory Barbosa.
“Students, as always, run the entire show; the students do all the music, dances, and costumes and it speaks to an amazing amount of teamwork and dedication,” said Logren, “I am so grateful to have worked with such an amazing group of friends who have made my job and experience so fantastic.”
Since the company’s establishment in 2009, CPSRTC has presented other well-known musicals, such as Grease and Footloose, with nothing but passion driving the students.
“What makes our club different from other clubs at Carle Place High School is its independence from professional involvement,” said senior and show producer Rachael Martines, “Our organization is run entirely by students for students, thus promoting teamwork, creativity, leadership and problem-solving skills.”
The entire performance, including special appearances by some of the high school’s teachers, as well as hilarious surprises from background characters in the cast, inspired many laughs from the crowd, making the show a smashing success and a night audience members will not soon forget.
“This show is a lot of fun and its theme of staying true to oneself and accepting others goes hand in hand with the mission of the Carle Place Student Run Theater Company,” Martines said. “Our goal is to create an environment through the theater that encourages the development of pre-existing talents and the growth of budding interests.”