Students Speak: Churchill Presents 'Legally Blonde'

Elle Woods is making her way to Winston Churchill High School April 20, 21, 27 and 28. Churchill student Genevieve Austin shares her experience working on the show.


The award-winning “Legally Blonde The Musical” hits the stage this weekend at . Patch asked a few Churchill students to share their experiences working on the show.

Based on the movie starring Reese Witherspoon, the musical tells the story of sorority president Elle Woods, who is dumped by her boyfriend for not being serious enough. Elle then takes a shot at Harvard Law to prove to her boyfriend she can be serious, but learns more about herself in the process.

“This show is about all the hidden potentials that lie within all of us. Never judge a book by its cover,” said Carlos Barillo, Churchill Choral teacher and "Legally Blonde" director.

More than 100 student singers, dancers, musicians and technicians, ranging from freshmen to seniors, have worked hard to produce the show. Several Churchill students offered to share their experiences with the show:

Name: Genevieve Austin

Character: Elle Woods

Grade Level: Senior

What interested you about performing in this play? Legally Blonde has always been one of my favorite movies, and when I saw the musical I fell in love with it as well. Although the story is for the most part lighthearted and silly, there is a ton of soul to be found in the show as well as a lot to be learned from the characters.

What have been your favorite aspects of the experience? For me, the best part of preparing for the show has been digging into what Elle can mean to me in my life. She is a goofy, loving and unconditionally sweet character with a ton of bizarre quirks but a lot of human qualities that I can definitely relate to. I can connect to her experience of being judged based on looks, and I hope that in performing this role I can take away some of her ability to persevere through pessimism and negativity that is everpresent in our everyday lives.

What can audience members expect from the cast? Audience members can expect a lot of laughter, pink and smiles from the show. As a cast, we hope to transport the audience into another world for a few hours so that they can return home feeling rejuvenated and ready for what lies ahead. Come ready to have fun!!

Check back tomorrow for the thoughts of another "Legally Blonde The Musical" cast member!

“Legally Blonde The Musical” will be performed at Winston Churchill High School Friday and Saturday, April 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets information can be found online at www.wchsarts.com or in the lobby box office outside the Bish Auditorium, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac, MD 20854. The box office will be open one hour before each performance and Monday through Friday from 10:50-11:50 a.m.


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