Snaps for “Legally Blonde: The Musical” at JCU

December 10th, 2013

Omigod You Guys!” If you need a light-hearted pick-me-up to stay “Positive,” or a little motivation to focus on school work to get the career that is “What You Want,” the story of a vivacious and ambitious blonde is the perfect fix to make you feel “So Much Better.” Who might this bubbly, life-size Barbie be?

The answer: none other than Elle Woods of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” This musical, based off of the blockbuster movie, is about a popular UCLA student whose life revolves around her fashion merchandising degree, presidency of the Delta Nu sorority, being a future fiancé to her boyfriend and, of course, everything pink.

But when her love life does not pan out the way she planned, Elle decides to let more than just her hair color define her. How does she do this? She becomes a student at Harvard Law for the sake of love – or so she thought.

The first thing your eyes are drawn to when entering the auditorium after receiving your hot pink program is the grand setup on the stage. One feels as though they truly are in an upscale Greek life sorority house for the first scene, and then at the Harvard Law campus later in the show.

Pink is unmistakably the staple color of the show. The bright pink doors framing the left and right ends of the stage never could let one forget about what show he or she is attending.

Throughout the duration of the performance, it was as though the pink lighting shined throughout the happiest and saddest of adventures Elle faced on her quest for love. Even the frilly and ultra-feminine costumes filled the stage with Elle’s favorite color. However, the girly shade serves as more than the color of Elle’s jacket or the paint used to decorate the set. Pink symbolizes strength and confidence when Elle needs it most to ultimately remind her to be true to herself.

The actress playing Elle, freshman Cailtin Salvino, gave the show genuine energy. The vocal talents of the young performer are up to leading-lady par.

An actress also blessed with a beautiful voice is Jacqueline Uhlik who plays the role of Paulette. Uhlik brought down the house in laughter with her spunky one-liners.

An actor that plays his two characters convincingly well and with great talent is senior River Onwudinjo. His solo as Grandmaster Chad was as full of energy and enthusiasm as his perfect 180 degrees toe-touch jump. Nikos, his other character, was a comedic highlight of the show.

Great athleticism was displayed by two groups throughout the show. It was evident that freshmen Catie Pauley and Cara Sutherland did not need any dancing lessons to master their choreography. Years of dance training were prominent in their outstanding Irish dancing duets.

The group of jump ropers provided great entertainment in their great ability to multitask. Being able to jump rope while holding a high note is no easy task.

This musical version is just as entertaining as the hit movie with Reese Witherspoon. If you are a fan of the movie, the live performance with a fresh twist and catchy songs are sure to put a smile on your face and keep it there throughout the entire show  – unless you are already in tears of laughter when trying to figure out if Nikos is gay or European.

If you were not able to attend JCU’s production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” last weekend, more performances are scheduled on Nov. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and on Nov. 10 at 2:00 p.m. in the Kulas Auditorium.

But I must warn you, be prepared to have the catchiest of tunes stuck in your head long after you exit the auditorium with a bounce in your step and smile as big as Elle’s heart.

Editor’s Note: The part of Elle and Paulette are also played by juniors Amanda Farinelli and Marie Bshara respectively. Tickets are $7 in advance by calling the box office at 216 397-4428 or $10 at the door.