Omigod you guys – if this isn’t the best feel good musical of the year, I don’t know what is!
Fun for young and old, APAN Entertainment and Hama Production’s interpretation of Legally Blonde The Musical stays true to the film version of this light-hearted tale of love conquering all.
On the surface this story is one of the frivolous girls from the Delta Nu Sorority House at UCLA, they’re obsessed with landing their dream-boat husband, looking their best at all times and knowing their way around a fashion store. Scratch the surface a little deeper and you realise there is some good messaging for impressionable young girls.
The story centres on Sorority House President, Elle Woods, who is dating Warner Huntington III, the catch of the campus. Rumour has it that Warner is about to propose which leads to the high energy, boisterous opening number ‘Omigod You Guys’ that sets the tone for the rest of the show.
This is the first time I have had the pleasure of watching a show produced by APAN, the Australian Performing Arts Network which offers performing arts training. Eliciting the same response I have while watching WAAPA students perform, I was impressed with the calibre of young talent coming up through the ranks.
Elaine O’Connor is studying her advanced Diploma in Musical Theatre with APAN Academy and she was perfectly cast as the slightly misguided but lovable Elle Woods. Talk about a “triple threat!” She sure knows how to sing, dance and act – not to mention she has the looks to suit the role as well.
Loved the strong performances delivered by Dixie Johnstone and Vincent Hooper as Paulette and the hunky UPS delivery guy, Kyle. Who can resist some adult humour when a hunk turns up with a “package” for the love struck beautician. This leads to the fun “Bend and Snap” musical number another personal highlight of the show.
There is even a small cameo performance by Lynne McGranger who is known to audiences as the long-running character Irene Roberts on Home & Away.
There’s no doubting the professionalism of the production which was practically faultless despite it being opening night. The sets were fantastic, the costumes great and choreography was particularly good. My one criticism is that at times the orchestra, which was located upstage rather than in the orchestra pit, drowned out the singers. I’m sure this could be fixed with a bit more tweaking of microphone levels.
If you’d like to see this show, I suggest you get in quick. It runs over two weekends only, finishing September 2. The cast surely deserve your support, not to mention part proceeds are donated to Telethon – two excellent reasons to get along to a performance.
APAN Entertainment & HAMA Productions present
LEGALLY BLONDE - THE MUSICAL
music and lyrics Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe | book Heather Hach
Venue: Regal Theatre, Perth WA
Dates: 24 Aug - 2 Sep 2018