Darien High's Legally Blonde set to open Thursday
Darien High School will be putting on a production of Legally Blonde as this year’s spring musical, and the curtain goes up Thursday night at 7 p.m. The show is directed by Rebecca Brendli, a teacher at Hindley School, and stars senior Avery Brook as Elle Woods.
The show also stars senior Jordan Kaloyanides as Paulette, senior Ethan Stansbury as Warner, sophomore Grady Allen as Emmett, and senior Caroline Lacy as Vivienne.
Tickets for the show are still available, and can be purchased ahead of time at www.seatyourself.biz/theatre308. Only the Friday presale tickets are sold out at this point. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students.
The students didn’t have a part in picking this year's show, but are overjoyed with the choice.
“It’s been a dream of mine to do this show. I’ve always wanted to do it. So I was so thrilled when I heard,” said Brook.
Brook is the lead in the show, and credits Brendli as the reason the show has come together so well to this point. “We have long rehearsals, but it’s a really positive experience. Ms. Brendli is the most positive and supportive person I’ve ever met. Just so nice. And that makes every rehearsal so much fun,” Brook said. A visit to rehearsal on Monday afternoon found an auditorium full of students smiling, singing, and working to perfect their production. The plan was to run through the entire show, and cast and crew alike showed no signs of slowing down.
“Yesterday, we had an eight-hour rehearsal. And it went by so quickly because we get along so well and have so much fun,” Brook said.
Brook also said there is quite a buzz around the school about the show, pointing out that presale tickets for the Friday show have already sold out. “And we never sell out, there are tickets the door. But now tickets at the door are for the balcony,” Brook said.
The level of quality to the spring musical at Darien High School every year is a sight to behold. It is even more impressive to consider that students are responsible for nearly every aspect of the show. Monday’s rehearsal so students running lighting, sound, set, and on stage. The show this year has been popular in movie theaters and on Broadway, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.