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MAC presents funny, fast-paced musical

The Wānaka App

30 April 2024, 5:06 PM

MAC presents funny, fast-paced musicalLegally Blonde JR’s ‘salon gals’: (back row, L-R): Niamh Groenen (15), Kaitlyn Tooley (15), Emma Head (14), Camilla Foskett (12), Merryn Foster (13); (middle row, L-R), Anoushka Brahmin (15), Ivy Craig (13), Sophie Hawkins (14), Mia Gemmell (14), Lottie King (14), Alice Chaly (12); (front row L-R) Charlotte Sheppard (13), Maxene Ursua (15), Gemma Cragg (12).

Te Kura o Tititea Mt Aspiring College (MAC) students will have Wānaka ‘thinking pink’ when they present their production of ‘Legally Blonde JR’ at the Lake Wānaka Centre this month.

Directed by MAC drama teacher Lisa Clough, the musical follows Elle Wood's journey from Malibu party girl to ‘serious’ Harvard law graduate while staying true to herself.

Lisa said it was exciting for the cast and crew to have an opportunity to showcase the “funny, fast-paced and poignant” production to the wider community.

“This musical brings together 87 akonga (students) from across the school and it is magic seeing them working collaboratively towards a common goal,” she said.

“This show is one of many co-curricular learning experiences we offer to help students develop skills they can use in the performing arts and also in life.” 

Year 13 student Suki Leigh, who plays Paulette in the production, said performing in ‘Legally Blonde JR’ has pushed her out of her comfort zone.

“I feel so grateful for the opportunity to work on a project that brings together so many areas of the arts, and so many different people. I can't wait to be able to share it with the rest of the community.”

Suki Leigh (17), who plays Paulette, says she can’t wait to share Legally Blonde JR with the rest of the community.

Year 8 student Alice Chaly, who plays Sabrina, is looking forward to the live performances.

“I can’t wait to be on stage with my friends and see all our hard work come together when we perform in front of a live audience.”

Fellow cast member Year 8 student Ford Mills, who plays Grandmaster Chad, said he loved the mood of the rehearsals.

“It’s been great to meet new people and get tips from the experts and I can’t wait to feel the buzz of being on stage at the Lake Wānaka Centre.”

MAC will present ‘Legally Blonde JR.’ from Thursday May 16 to Saturday May 18 at 7.30pm at the Lake Wānaka Centre and at a matinee performance on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets here.