It's 'Legally Blonde' at LMC and last show for retiring professor
by Staff Reports
Performing Arts presents “Legally Blonde” Thursday to Sunday, Oct. 4 to 7, in
the Broyhill Theatre of Hayes Auditorium on the Banner Elk campus.
Show times are 6 at
7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 7. Tickets are $5 for students and children
and $12 for adults and may be purchased at the door.
In the play,
sorority star Elle Woods doesn’t take “no” for an answer. So when her boyfriend
dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books
and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law.
Along the way, Elle
proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
“The show is very
true to the film. The music is delightful and catchy. We go from one big
musical number to the next,” said director Janet Barton Speer. “It also makes a
really good point. We are not allowed to stereotype. Stereotyping blondes has
been somewhat acceptable over the years, but this show makes us remember that
it’s not OK.”
“Legally Blonde” features
a large cast of more than 30 performers, plus two dogs.
“We found an
abandoned Chihuahua mix in Atlanta and adopted it. It already has a home after
the show. We also have a bulldog that stars as the trailer park dog,” Speer
Nicole Wright plays Woods,
the female lead. Wright transferred into Lees-McRae College this fall and is
excited to be in her first production.
“I can relate to
Elle because she put herself in a new environment and discovers something new
about herself,” Wright said.
This production will
be the last directed by Speer before her retirement in May 2013. Speer has been
teaching theater, performing, choreographing, writing and directing plays for
nearly 50 years, which includes more than 600 educational and professional
productions. She is the Virginia McKenzie Reeves endowed chair of performing arts
and distinguished professor at Lees-McRae College.
She is also the
artistic director for Lees-McRae Summer Theatre, a position she plans to
continue after her retirement from teaching.
“As I prepare for retirement from teaching, I remember clearly when I
didn’t have enough students to cast a play,” Speer says in her director’s
note. “And it was difficult to find a show that would match the existing
talent, so I wrote a musical and solicited faculty and community to supplement
the casting. Those students, faculty, administration and community members were
troopers, and they were crucial in making us what we are today. They had
enormous heart, and their energy led us to become healthy, thriving performing Arts
“Today, we have graduates all over the world in the business of acting,
singing, dancing, technical theater, arts management, costume design and public
school teaching,” Speer said. “Graduates are college professors and leaders in
business. They are leaders in their field and creative forces in their
communities. All this is due to that first group at Lees-McRae who
believed we had something special to offer.
“Since I will still be living in the community, I’ll continue to be an
ambassador for the college. I won’t be gone,” Speer said.
“Legally Blonde” is
presented through a special arrangement with Musical Theatre International. All
authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
For more information, call (828) 898-8709.