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February 10, 2013

Curtains rising | Students in region rehearsing for high school musicals, plays

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Greater Johnstown

“Legally Blonde: The Musical”

The musical is based on the 2001 hit movie “Legally Blonde.” Elle Woods, a stereotypical West Coast blonde, is dumped by her boyfriend, Warner, for not being “serious” enough. Not taking no for an answer, she follows him off to Harvard Law School in hopes of revamping her image and winning him back. With lots of laughs and great music along the way, she ultimately proves that being yourself never goes out of style.

“You are certainly in for lots of laughs. This is a show that has something for everyone, especially those who don’t consider themselves musical-goers. Music from the show spans genres of pop, R&B, funk, ’80s ballads, etc. Even memorable moments from the movie such as the infamous ‘Bend and Snap’ are bound to bring a smile to your face.”

Adam Bukosky, production/music director, and Mike D’Angelo Jr., drama director

Ligonier Valley

“Back to the Eighties”

This musical journeys back to the ’80s, reliving some of the most popular songs of that decade while interweaving the trials and tribulations of a group of high school        students during their senior year at William Ocean High School.  

“We are so pleased and excited to bring this show to life and celebrate the music of such a fun decade. We hope that people are singing right along with our students as they hear some of their old favorites performed by new talented voices.”

Melanie Hayllar, director

Northern Bedford

“Li’l Abner”

This musical comedy is based on the comic strip by Al Capp and is a broad spoof of hillbillies on the surface.

It also is a pointed satire on broader topics, ranging from incompetence in the United States federal government to standards of masculinity.

Tunes will include “Jubilation T. Cornpone,” “Namely You,” “The Country’s in the Very Best of Hands,” “Oh Happy Day,” “I’m Past My Prime,” “Progress is the Root of All Evil” and “Put ‘Em Back.”

“The show is being directed by Mary Ellen Laird and choreographed by Lucretia Hileman from Becky’s School of Dance.

“The musical will be performed by high school chorus students and be accompanied by a professional pit orchestra.”

Beth Hull, choral director

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