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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Actors draw inspiration from ‘Legally Blonde’
by Sarah Anne Voyles
svoyles@neighbornewspapers.com
July 31, 2013 03:38 PM | 1446 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Since the creation of the summer stock show at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, the plays have pushed the edge. This summer the summer stock show went with a different medium.

The musical “Legally Blonde” runs Thursday through Aug. 11 and is an adaptation from the movie “Legally Blonde.” The main character Elle Woods is the stereotypical sorority girl with blonde hair and a trust fund boyfriend. When he dumps her for a more serious choice, Woods leaves her home in Beverly Hills and attends Harvard Law School to earn her law degree.

Dunwoody resident Kaitlin Reynell plays Elle in the musical. She said after she saw the movie she was inspired by Elle and when the opportunity to try out for the role came up she knew she had to audition.

“I just love the movie and Elle has been my inspiration as a blonde,” Reynell said. “Girls like Elle are not always taken seriously and it is definitely something that hits home.”

A few of the cast members said they hope the musical inspires the audience that no matter their hair color they can be who they want to be.

“The story is really inspiring and universal,” Thainara Carvalho, who plays Viviane, said. “For a girl who everyone does not believe in and thinks that she is stupid and then [to] overcome all of that.”

There is also a love story. Jonathan Ludwikowsk, who plays Warner, said he loved how Elle starts out dating the typical handsome rich jerk but works to change her life, and falls for Emmett who is not as good-looking or wealthy. He said Elle set a goal and stuck with it through the end.

The musical will also feature two rescue dogs from Angels Among Us for the parts of Bruiser and Rufus.

The summer stock show at the center started in 2010 with “Rent.” Other productions include “West Side Story” and “Spring Awakening.” Director of Arts and Culture Brian Kimmel said this program was started to help give young actors the opportunity to continue to refine their skills outside of school.

Many of the students, who have gone through the center’s summer stock, have decided to make this a career. Lucy Gross, who plays Paulette, said when she graduated high school she decided she was going to pursue acting as a career and she sees herself continually returning to summer stock.

Summer stock is set up to be in the evenings, which allows for more variety in age. In the last four years, summer stock had more than 100 actors come through the program.

If you go:
 When: Thursday to Aug. 11
 Where: The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta
5342 Tilly Mill Road Dunwoody, GA 30338
 Cost: Tickets range from $10 to $20 with membership discounts
 Information: visit www.atlantajcc.org
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