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'Legally Blonde' will challenge young actors

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A perky blonde is more than she seems in Grandview Heights High School's latest show.

The school's thespians will present Legally Blonde: The Musical as their spring production March 7-9.

The show is a change of pace from the typical Grandview spring musical, said artistic director and producer/manager April Olt.

"This is a modern pop musical, which Grandview rarely does," Olt said. "We tend to stick with the traditional classic musicals."

The show, which opened on Broadway in 2007, is a musical version of the hit movie that starred Reese Witherspoon.

"The themes and situations that are in this musical are so relevant to what high school students go through today," Olt said. "I think our student performers can really relate to the show."

The message of empowerment and self-determination that Legally Blonde offers "is important for everyone, young and old alike," she said.

With its complex choreography and fast-paced plot, "this is probably the most challenging show I've done at the high school level," Olt said.

"It's great for the students because it really challenges them to bring their 'A' game," she said.

Performances are at 8 p.m. each night, with a 2 p.m. matinee offered March 9.

Center-section general-admission tickets cost $10; side-section general-admission seats are $8. Students can attend the opening-night performance for $5.

Those who purchased center-seating tickets in advance can pick them up in the high school office beginning today, Feb. 28, or at will call the night of the show.

The side seats went on sale Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the high school office.

General-admission tickets and leftover center-seating tickets also will be available at the door before each performance

Parents of young children should be aware that the show is rated PG, Olt said.

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