Student play entertaining

I saw the movie "Legally Blonde" years ago, but I'm glad I saw the play version last weekend. It was a good way to spend a Friday night.

Area high school and college students put on the musical comedy at Sterling High School's Centennial Auditorium.

Arriving 10 minutes before showtime, I was assigned to Row T, almost at the top of the auditorium, which means ticket sales must have gone well.

I liked the part of the play when a court scene was moved to a bathroom, where the defense team hoped to prove its case. Where did the judge, played by Annie Chattic, sit? The porcelain throne.

I was impressed with the set construction. The construction crew – Jim Henry, Pete Micale and Chuck Price – built a number of elaborate sets, including a beauty salon and an apartment.

The play was advertised as PG-13, a fair rating. The main character, Elle Woods, played by Natalie Olds, performed the bend and snap in front of a pool boy who was supposedly having an affair with female murder defendant Brooke Wyndam, played by Molly Pashon.

This pool boy, played by Levi Skoog, didn't respond to Elle's bend and snap, as apparently any straight man would. So Elle concluded he was gay.

But another member of her legal team speculated that he may be European. Then they broke into song, "Gay or European."

At trial, Elle asked the pool boy who his boyfriend was, and he immediately answered, "Carlos."

Realizing his mistake, he insisted he thought the question was about his best friend.

A leather-clad Carlos, played by Alejandro Valdes, emerged from the court gallery, hurt that the pool boy denied their love.

Then the pool boy admitted it, lifted Carlos and put him into his arms.

In so doing, Elle proved the murder defendant's innocence.

Think that the local theater group would have put on such a play even 10 years ago? I highly doubt it – not with a prominent gay theme.

The world has changed.

Sauk Valley Media reporter David Giuliani covers the Whiteside and Lee county governments, Morrison and other smaller communities. He can be reached at dgiuliani@saukvalley or at 800-798-4085, ext. 525.

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