Blown Away by the Blonde

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State College Community Theatre’s stunningly pink performance of Legally Blonde the Musical opened on Friday night at 8 p.m. and continued on Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee and an 8 p.m. evening show. With only three performances, all seats were sold out before the doors even opened Friday evening.

Stars from the cast featured Christina Kidd as Elle Woods, Tommy Hart as Warner, and Johnny Haussener as Emmett Forest. Lola, a white, smooth-coat chihuahua, played Elle’s prized pet Bruiser, and Rueben, a brown bulldog, played Paulette’s pooch Rufus. Matt Freeman, Penn State’s Featured Twirler, even showed off his talents during the song, “Legally Blonde Remix.”

Auditions for this show started way back in December, according to Kidd. “I walked in wearing my pink glitter shoes, and I really feel that’s what got me the job!” she said after the Saturday matinee. Kidd said she has been practicing ballet since she was four, started taking voice lessons a few years later, and debuted in her first musical in eighth grade. Since then, she has been in many other musicals including Parade, her first professional musical, The Music Man and Hairspray. Kidd’s experience showed through as she put one pink, sparkling heel in front of the other to work her way through Harvard Law School and back into Warner’s heart.

Practice began as soon as the second semester started. Even though he had never directed a musical before, Kidd said that Jonathan Hetler had them “rolling from day one.” She also said that she was impressed by how organized and creative he was. In under a month, he manicured a his cast to Delta-Nu condition. Rick Gilmore, President of the Board of Directors for the State College Community Theatre (SCCT), said he was, “blown away at how far along they are,” when he saw the rehearsal a week before.

Gilmore opened the show by saying, “Community theatre is by friends and neighbors for friends and neighbors.” As a member of the board since October 2011, he also expressed the company’s heavy heart in leaving the “Barn,” a prior stage and home for SCCT, after 50 years of performances. However, SCCT is excited to be in their new home at the Downtown State College Theatre for its climate control and neighboring restaurants.

If you are interested in supporting SCCT, please see http://www.scctonline.org. You can also give your support just by buying tickets to see a show. Tickets are very affordable. Student ticket pricing starts at around $13 and group discounts are available.

If you are interested in trying out for the State College Community Theatre’s summer season of shows, auditions are being held March 14-16. See http://www.scctonline.org/staff.shtml for more information.

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