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Kent State School of Theatre and Dance Goes to Law School in Legally Blonde

Posted Feb. 17, 2014

Audiences will love this romantic musical comedy; Legally Blonde is definition of fun

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Pictured, from left to right, are Mackenzie Duan as Elle
Woods, Greg Violand as Professor Callahan and Kyle
as Emmett Forrest in the high-energy production of
Legally Blonde
, running Feb. 21 – March 2 at Kent State.

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance continues its 2013-2014 season with Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin’s high-energy production of Legally Blonde, running Feb. 21 - March 2 in E. Turner Stump Theatre at the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive.

For tickets, call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts. The Performing Arts Box Office is open Monday – Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for Kent State alumni, faculty and staff, $12 for seniors (60+), and $8 for non-Kent State students age 18 and under. Tickets are free for full-time, Kent Campus undergraduates.  Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $10 per person.  The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and cash.

Legally Blonde follows California sorority-girl Elle Woods who seems to have the perfect life, until her boyfriend Warner breaks up with her to attend Harvard Law School. Determined to win him back, Elle secures her own admission to Harvard Law School only to find Warner with a new girlfriend and herself the subject of ridicule. With the help of new friends Emmett and Paulette, Elle sets out to defend fitness guru Brooke Wyndham from murder charges and prove herself to the world. Based on the feature film and novel of the same name, Legally Blonde premiered on Broadway in 2007 and received multiple Tony and Drama Desk nominations.

Legally Blonde is directed by Amy Fritsche, assistant professor of acting and musical theatre at Kent State. Tim Welsh serves as the assistant director. The production features costume design by Susan Williams, scenic design by Ben Williams, lighting design by Margaret Peebles and production stage management by Lindsay Mandela.

“I’m lucky to have a great team and a really strong cast who are wonderful to collaborate with,” says Fritsche. “The production has come together really quickly, and everyone attends rehearsals prepared and with strong, creative ideas.”