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Park Players to Present ‘Legally Blonde the Musical’ This Weekend

Rehearsing a scene from “Legally Blonde The Musical” are Stephanie Ebarb as Elle and Laykin Milton as Paulette. (Photo Provided)

WHEELING — Lucky audience members will get the chance to witness an action-packed musical that is exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances when beginning today, the Park Players of Wheeling Park High School present their spring musical, “Legally Blonde The Musical.”

The play will be stated Friday through Sunday, May 6-8, in the high school’s J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and is sure to be a delightful audience pleaser.

A fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the adored movie of the same name, “Legally Blonde The Musical” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Elle appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

Bill Cornforth, one of the theater directors at Wheeling Park, leads this production. When asked about the show, Cornforth said, “‘Legally Blonde The Musical’ is a wonderful show with many layers. The audience will enjoy the plot and characters from the popular movie but will also experience the catchy songs with exciting dancing. The heart of the production, of course, are our students in the cast and crews who have spent months dedicating themselves to making ‘Legally Blonde The Musical’ a success.”

The cast for this year’s musical is made up of 30 of Park’s most talented students. Leading the cast, as Elle Woods, is Stephanie Ebarb. Warner Huntington, Elle’s longtime boyfriend turned ex, is played by Ethan Bartsch. Playing the part of Paulette, who sees a bright future for Elle, is Laykin Milton. Harvard law alum and teaching assistant Emmett Forrest is portrayed by Charlie Mattingly. Warner’s new girlfriend, Vivienne Kensington, is played by Eliza Aulick. Logan Frazier takes on the role of Criminal Law 101 Professor Callahan. Playing the role of exercise queen and murder suspect, Brooke Wyndham, is Ellie Reasbeck.

The remainder of the dynamic cast is comprised of Laken Franke, Addison Wright, Grace Moore, Katie Fritter, Morgan Skariot, Molly Henthorne, Laken Faulstick, Melody Campbell, Kailen Barnhart, Jenna Cecconi, Natalie Archer, Alice Joseph, Taylor Andrews, Brendan Loy, Ayden Cottrill, Reese Hays, Aidan O’Hare, Caden Hyde, Andrew Sadecki, Chase Burdick, Aidan Kosol, Zariah Kimball, Braden Mills, Braeden Keen and Luke Anderson.

Assisting Cornforth in the capacity of production assistants for the play are Mrs. Kayla Kreitzer Nelson, Mrs. Isabella Droginske, Ms. Jennifer Mathieu, Mr. Scott Hedrick and Mr. Mike Harris.

On the musical side, Mrs. Joyce Jingle acts as the production’s music director. She stated, “‘Legally Blonde’ is a fun musical, full of humor and catchy tunes that you will find yourself singing as you leave the theater. The cast of 30 students has risen to the musical challenges that this contemporary show presents. Elle Woods is full of energy! Backed by her Delta Nu sorority sisters, she is unstoppable!”

Senior Eliza Aulick acts as Mr. Cornforth’s assistant director. The stage manager for the show is Aidan O’Hare. Assistant stage managers are Jyllian Norman and Andrew Sadecki. Other Park Player crew heads include Jocelyn Shores, Grace O’Neil, Natalie Archer, Chloe Humway, Abigail Stradley, Harper Aulick, Taylor Andrews, Logan Frazier, Sophie White and Gabby Means

Park Player performances bring hundreds of people from the community together to experience the creative spirit of their talented actors and technical crews. It is their hope that they can count on your support.

Tickets are on sale now and available for purchase online at wphswv.booktix.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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