Wilsonville High School’s Legally Blonde Delivers Empowering Messages For These Times

Sophomore Kaiya Shivers plays Elle Woods in Wilsonville High School’s production of Legally Blonde, The Musical. Kaiya is holding Piper, who will be playing the role of Bruiser Woods. (PC: Mikaela Ochocki)

Wilsonville High School Performing Arts Department is proud to present Legally Blonde, The Musical. This show puts the spotlight on girlpower and contains relevant reminders for these times, such as young women developing self-esteem, taking intellectual risks, and standing up for female friends. Elle Woods has spent most of her life being Daddy’s little “Button” and boyfriend Warner’s “Pooh Bear,” but when she finds out she’s being jilted for someone who takes herself more seriously, she decides to dig deep, give up her party-girl lifestyle, and apply to Harvard Law School, just like Warner.

Sophomore Kaiya Shivers plays Elle Woods, the only young woman to ever sing, dance and lead a parade that lands her at Harvard Law School. This prestigious Ivy League school is like another planet compared to where Elle grew up in Malibu, California, but she is undaunted, and also a little naïve. No worries because Elle invokes the power of love to help her overcome every hurdle that stands between her and her fantasy of becoming Mrs. Warner Huntington III. Warner is played by junior Noah Hansen.

When she arrives on the East Coast, Elle finds that love may no longer be the magical abracadabra that opens every barred door. Now she actually has to start using her head, and her new friend Emmett Forest, a teaching assistant from the wrong side of Boston Harbor, seems uniquely qualified to help her finally get serious about her studies. Emmett is played by senior Nate Rasmussen, and he’s not Elle’s only ally. She seems to attract new pals with every flip of her long blonde hair.

Elle’s friends include Paulette Bonafonte played by senior Peyton Guenther, who is a stylist at a Boston hair salon. Paulette has also been unlucky in love and the two women team up to try to turn the romantic tables. Elle also has the power of invoking her very own “Greek Chorus” comprised of her best friends from Delta Nu, which now seems like a dream compared the to competitive nightmare of her classmates at Harvard. Margot, Serena, Pilar, and other flighty yet devoted sorority girls, take their sisterhood seriously, literally popping up whenever Elle experiences rejection. Margot is played by Mikaela Ochocki, Serena is played by Samantha Katz, and Pilar is played by Natalya Karnes.

But Elle’s real nemesis is Warner’s old-girlfriend-turned-current-girlfriend Vivienne, who seems to enjoy humiliating Elle, whom she views as a threat to her and Warner’s law career advancement. Vivienne is played by junior Grace Folske.

Elle gets an unexpected opportunity to redeem herself to Professor Callahan, played by junior Kameron Koslowski. When fitness queen Brooke Windham goes on trial for the murder of her husband, Elle makes the cut for the legal intern team helping Callahan defend her. Brooke is played by junior Tenley Lubisich.

Will Elle finally impress Warner with her salon smarts and convince him to dump Vivian so they can be reunited as she originally hoped? Or will Elle finally become as good of a friend to herself as she is to everyone else? Come see Legally Blonde, The Musical at Wilsonville High School to find out.

According to director Jason Katz, “This is a female empowerment story, and I think it is one that is very important in today’s day and age. There are very few musicals like it, where the woman doesn’t just end up with the guy at the end because that is an easy “happily ever after.” In addition, this show is really fun. The characters are well developed and the songs are powerful. I think this is one musical folks won’t want to miss.”

Legally Blonde is a team effort of the performing arts departments at Wilsonville High School. Jason Katz is in his 15th year of directing musicals. Choir director Annie Kubitschek is the vocal director for her third year. Andrew Bray will conduct the pit orchestra for the first time. Choreographing her first show at WVHS is Kate Jahnson.

This is a live theatrical production of the original Broadway show and is recommended for ages 13 and up. There are six performances in the Wilsonville Auditorium and they are all evening shows. The show begins at 7 pm on November 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10. Tickets for Legally Blonde, The Musical are $12 for adults and $10 for students and children. Tickets may be pre-purchased here.