Jamaika Smith, as Elle Woods, star of Ballina Players Theatres' next production, Legally Blonde Jr, which opens tomorrow.
Jamaika Smith, as Elle Woods, star of Ballina Players Theatres' next production, Legally Blonde Jr, which opens tomorrow. Contributed

Legally Blonde Jr, the musical, opens in Ballina

THE popular 2001 movie Legally Blonde was the inspiration for the family friendly version Legally Blonde Jr, this January's Ballina Players youth musical.

The production tells the story of Elle Woods (Jamaika Smith), blonde, beautiful and obsessed with the colour pink. When she heads off to Harvard, her boyfriend, Warner (Finley Black), rejects her to find someone more 'serious'.

Elle is determined to gain entry to Harvard Law and prove him wrong about her. She can be both blonde and a whizz at law.

On arrival at the university she is surrounded by snobs, but finds acceptance from Emmett Forrest. He urges her to aim for excellence and in the song 'Chip on my Shoulder' tells of his own humble background. With him on her side Elle triumphs.

Much of the story is told in song. The musical's sense of humour as well as catchy lyrics and its themes of self-empowerment and open-mindedness make Legally Blonde Jr fun for young performers as well as young audiences.

A cast of 27 young people aged from 10 to 18 bring it to the stage. Music and lyrics for the show are by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Blackman, from the book by Heather Hach.

Legally Blonde Jr, directed by Mike and Jaime Sheehan, will be staged at the Players Theatre from tomorrow, Friday, January 15, to January 24. Evening performances will commence at 7pm and matinees at 2pm.



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