Players tickled pink

Erin McDowell, Shaz Kuchel, Angus Tulloch, Sarah Middleton, Dillon Simmons, Scott Everett, Jade Ransom, Vanessa Hills and Hannah Oborn.
Erin McDowell, Shaz Kuchel, Angus Tulloch, Sarah Middleton, Dillon Simmons, Scott Everett, Jade Ransom, Vanessa Hills and Hannah Oborn.

A cast and crew of almost 100 are putting the final touches on their musical performance of Legally Blonde which will be heading to the Northern Festival Centre on February 22 and 23. 

The Southern Flinders Players started planning and brainstorming for the musical in July last year and have since held auditions and commenced rehearsing the musical based off of the well known movie. 

The play follows Elle Woods – a girl who loves pink and goes to prove herself to a man, but she ends up discovering herself along the way. 

Director of the musical Rennae Vincent-Heylen says she saw the storyline as something different and that is why she decided to go ahead with it. 

“I saw it as a story of someone who thought they understood everything about themselves and then through a series of different things realised they understood nothing about themselves and had to work out who that person was,” Rennae said. 

The cast and crew are currently rehearsing three times a week, this is due to several challenges they have decided to face in this musical. 

For the first time in their performance history, the actors will be working with live animals and so far, the animals are proving to be no issue. 

“This year because Bruiser is so key to the character of Elle and what people would remember to the movie, we thought we should take the risk and incorporate real dogs. It is definitely a challenge, we do have a back up plan of two puppets that we can use, but so far the dogs have been quite well in rehearsals,” Rennae explained. 

Starring as Elle Woods is Sarah Middleton, a member of the Southern Flinders Players who has only recently discovered her passion for musicals. 

“I have done musicals for the last three years and it has become a sudden passion for me,” Sarah said. 

“I was desperate to get back into it and I went all out and went for the lead and I got the part, but I am super excited to do this.” 

Tickets are available to the show at the Country Arts SA website, with shows for Feb 22 at 7.30pm, Feb 23 at 2.00pm and 7.30pm. 

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