Anoka High stages energetic pop-rock musical ‘Legally Blonde’

The Anoka High School theater and music departments bring a high-energy, fun-filled play to its stage.

Sarah Lambres is Elle Woods and Austin Gordon is Emmett Forest in Anoka High School’s production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” Photo courtesy of Scott Andreassen

Sarah Lambres is Elle Woods and Austin Gordon is Emmett Forest in Anoka High School’s production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” Photo courtesy of Scott Andreassen

“Legally Blonde: The Musical” opens Nov. 2 and runs for six performances through Nov. 10.

Kyle Thomas will make his directorial debut at the high school.

A transplant from Nebraska in December 2011, Thomas has already directed at such Twin Cities venues as the Young Artists Initiative and Freshwater Theatre. He has directed musicals for Tyrol Hills theater producers at The Ritz Theater.

Thomas leads a cast of about 40 ninth- through 12th-graders with a crew of 30 in the Anoka production. Michelle Hayes leads an orchestra of about 20 musicians in this pop-rock piece with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin.

Based on the MGM movie, the story is about Elle Woods, a Malibu sorority girl who gets dumped by her boyfriend and follows him to Harvard Law School to get him back. The movie is based on a book by Heather Hach.

The theme focuses on how some people judge others from outward appearances, Thomas said.

“It’s a fun, energetic way to look at that subject,” he said.

Anoka High’s theater productions were last directed by Matt McNabb, who has moved on to other theater opportunities.

Thomas is excited to be directing at AHS, he said.

“It’s been really nice,” Thomas said. “The kids are hard workers. Enthusiastic. I can feed off of their energy.”

Anoka High School presents “Legally Blonde,” Nov. 2, 3, 8, 9 (ASL performance) and 10 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, 2 p.m., Adults $10, students and seniors, $8. Ticket box office hours Monday and Wednesday, 3 to 6:30 p.m. AHS is at 3939 Seventh Ave. N. For more information, visit www.anokatheatre.org or call 763-506-6439.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com


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