By John Anderson

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Paulette Bonafonte (Renee Morin) gives an expression of doubt as Elle Woods (Tayla Foulkrod) spouts some advice. Photo John R. Anderson

 

Spring musicals have been the traditional at Auburn High and Middle Schools for many years, and this year is no exception. Mark the calendar for the first three days in May when Auburn High School will present Legally Blonde.

Legally Blonde: The Musical debuted in San Francisco in 2007 and is based on the 2001 comedy. The plot starts with UCLA sorority girl Elle Woods’ engagement and breakup with Warner Huntington III who is heading to Harvard Law. Woods follows him to Harvard in hopes of getting back together. The rest of the story will require a ticket.

The Auburn production stars Tayla Foulkrod as Elle Woods, Adam Cook as Warner Huntington III, Evan Bylund as Emmett Forrest, Renee Morin as Paulette Bonafonte, Emily Parish as Vivian Kensington, Will Erickson as Professor Callahan, Serena Kelly as Margot, Siobhan Collins as Serena, Rachel Sullivan as Pilar, and Kaitlyn Norwood as Kate.

All of these young actors are veterans of the AHS stage, and most also performed in Auburn Middle School musicals. Along with the ensemble, they bring great voices and dance moves the audience will love. The directors are also AHS veterans with Krissy Forgues as Stage Director, Virginia Bailey as Musical Director and Nick LaPete as Choreographer.

Performances will be at 7:00pm on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd. There will also be a 2:00pm matinee on Sunday, May 3rd. Tickets go on sale today and may be reserved by calling 508-832-7711, ext. 1091 or by sending an email to vbailey@auburn.K12.ma.us

Two weeks later on May 15th and 16th, the sets will change for the AMS production The Sound of Music. The original Rodgers and Hammerstein musical debuted in 1959, but it is the iconic 1965 film starring Julie Andrews as Maria that most people remember. AMS will present a version adapted to middle schools which shortens the original 174 minutes about in half.

Musical Director Virginia Bailey laughs as Alex Morrow emotes in a scene during rehearsal. Evan Bylund is also in the picture. Photo John R. Anderson

Musical Director Virginia Bailey laughs as Alex Morrow emotes in a scene during rehearsal. Evan Bylund is also in the picture. Photo John R. Anderson

Karin Graves is directing the show assisted by Krissy Forgues and Christine MacGrory along with student assistant Nicole Garry, Music Director Julie Duchesneau, and Choreographers Rachael Hearnlaye and Emma Furmanick.

The cast of 50 students is led by Lily McLaughlin playing Maria and Derek Brigham as Captain von Trapp. Familiar songs like Do-Re-Mi, So Long Farewell, and Climb Every Mountain will entertain the audience.

Auburn Mass Daily will expand coverage on both musicals as show time nears. Stay tuned!