Posted on 14 March 2013.
BY ALEXA STEINLAUF
PRINT NEWS EDITOR
After weeks of blocking scenes, practicing vocals and building sets, the American Musical Theater (AMT) class held its spring musical, Legally Blonde on March 6-9 in the auditorium.
“We had a really big audience, so it was really fun to feed off their energy, and nothing went too terribly wrong so it was really good,” said junior Sarah Barney, who played lead Elle Woods.
Show director Cynthia Lutwin said they picked this show because it was a perfect fit for her cast.
“I always look at a show and look at the characters, and Legally Blonde had a lot of great characters and we have a lot of great students,” Mrs. Lutwin said.
Senior Carly Valancy, who was understudy Elle, said she loved doing the show, even though it was very hard work.
“Initially, I was very happy they picked Legally Blonde for my last show at Cypress, but honestly the process of putting it together was one of the most difficult and demanding experiences I’ve ever had,” said Valancy, who has participated in the theater program all four years.
Mrs. Lutwin said the production came together well, despite the shortened class periods due to the new schedule this year.
“The show was fabulous, and I was really happy with it,” Ms. Lutwin said. “The lights were great, the sound was great and the kids were all into it. It’s just a really fun, upbeat, feel good kind of show. It appealed to the audiences.”
Barney said the cast worked very hard in rehearsal, especially in the end, which made the show come together.
“The last two weeks were really critical because we had after school rehearsals until 5 p.m. every day,” Barney said. “Up until that point we had been working, but not as rigorously, so the last two weeks is when it all came together.”
Senior Jeremy Tache, understudy Warner Huntington III, said the hours of rehearsal paid off.
“The show went unbelievably and it came together so well in the last few days here,” Tache said. “I am just so proud of everybody for how they did.”
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Tache said the cast became close after working together for about four months, which made the show even better.
“My favorite part was all of it. You cant really pick a favorite part in a show like this because the whole thing is so much fun,” Tache said. “We all just worked so hard, and we were a family.”
Junior Joshua Jowdy, who played Professor Callahan, also said a main factor in the coming together of the show was the closeness of the cast.
“Honestly, the main thing that we worked on was relationships,” Jowdy said. “Relationships with your fellow cast members and getting comfortable with everybody really brought the show together. We have been rehearsing since about November so I was very happy with the way that the show turned out. It was great.”
Tache said there was no tension between the lead and understudy cast, which made it easier for everyone to work together.
“What was good was that the lead and understudy cast worked together so well, and there really wasn’t very much drama between anybody,” Tache said. “We all just get along so well and work so hard together and that is what makes a good show.”
Valancy said her favorite part of the show was being able work with her best friends.
“I would have to say working with some of my best friends on stage was an experience I will never forget,” she said. “It was both extremely fun and extremely emotional, which made the process something I will take with me for the rest of my life.”
Senior Emma Handler said she was very happy with the turnout of the show because of all the hard work everyone put into it.
“I think the show went really well. I was really happy with the way that everyone made it through because it came together so well and everyone worked really hard,” said Handler, who played Brooke Windham in the understudy show.
Handler said her favorite part of the show was the song “Whipped into Shape,” which involved jump roping while singing.
“That number was ridiculously hard and everyone worked really hard,” Handler said. “We spent hours every day after school working on it over and over just to get it perfect.”
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