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“Legally Blonde the Musical” rocks its way
into Henry Thursday


By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

  Music with a positive message – and a few legal eagles -- will hit the stage in McDonough this week, when the Henry Players present their latest production.

Whitney Van Matre will lead the Henry Players cast in “Legally Blonde the Musical” this week in McDonough.          Special photo

  “Legally Blonde the Musical” is set for April 10-12 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee showing April 13 at 2:30 p.m., at the Henry County Performing Arts Center, 37 Lemon St.

  Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for children and seniors.

  The play tells the tale of Elle Woods, a California girl who’s out to prove herself, said director Renee Yawn.

  “She thinks that her boyfriend, whom she is greatly in love with, is about to propose,” said Yawn, of Locust Grove. “Instead, he breaks up with her. She sets out to get into Harvard, where he is going to school, so that she can show him that she’s serious, too.”

  The play features a mixture of pop-rock tunes and power ballads to help tell Elle Woods’ story. Yawn admitted that the plot is a bit far-fetched to have any basis in reality but said she hopes audiences will enjoy the production.

  “I just want everybody to have a great time and to fall in love with Elle Woods like we have, and to know that in our own lives, it doesn’t cost us anything to lift up the people around us,” said Yawn. “It just makes us all better.”

  The production marks Yawn’s sixth turn as a director for the Henry Players. She said she was first drawn to “Legally Blonde the Musical” after seeing a stage show of the production in Macon.

  “I walked out of there feeling so uplifted,” said Yawn. “It was such a positive experience.”

  Her interest in the play was further sparked when another member of the Yawn household – her dog, Lola -- landed the role of Bruiser in a Griffin-based production of the musical.



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