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Fully pink sneak peek

Legally Blonde opens to select CCHS audience

Elle Woods (Christina Duris), middle, performs the opening song ‘Omigod You Guys’ with her sorority sisters from Delta Nu during Small Town Theatrics production of Legally Blonde: The Musical at Coal City High School Thursday night.
Elle Woods (Christina Duris), middle, performs the opening song ‘Omigod You Guys’ with her sorority sisters from Delta Nu during Small Town Theatrics production of Legally Blonde: The Musical at Coal City High School Thursday night.

COAL CITY — Cast, crew and crowd couldn’t help but think pink for the past two nights at Coal City High School as Small Town Theatrics performed Legally Blonde The Musical.

The theater company has been putting their show together since April when auditions began, and is more than ready for this weekend.

“I think it went better than we planned,” said Jack Micetich, a director with Small Town Theatrics and actor in this year’s show, about Thursday evening’s VIP performance.

Thursday’s show was opened up to family members, family friends, donors and supporters. Micetich said the idea behind bringing an audience in for an extra show one night before the official opening Friday night was to hopefully spread the word to the community faster.

“A lot of times people come to the show Friday night and then it gets out and people are trying to get here by Sunday,” Micetich explained Thursday. “So we thought if we threw something in there a day before we opened maybe it’ll get more people out here.”

Community members have two more chance this weekend to attend — Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m.

“Everyone should come see the amazing acting, dancing, singing, set pieces and the whole shebang,” said lead actress, Christina Duris, of Channahon.

Duris plays the main character in Legally Blonde The Musical, Elle Woods. Woods is a blonde, University of California, Los Angeles sorority girl from Malibu, Calif., who decides to follow her “true love,” Warner Hungtington III, to Havard Law School.

“I’m doing this for love,” Duris sang Thursday.

Hungtington claims Woods isn’t “serious” enough for him, but she is determined to prove him wrong.

“I thought tonight went fabulously,” Duris said after Thursday’s performance. “I was impressed with how we did and I think it’s just going to get better and better.”

She said she is most excited about Sunday afternoon’s show because it’s the cast and crew’s last time to “get it right.”

Micetich, who plays Emmett Forrest, another student at Harvard, had a difficult time choosing a favorite part of the show, but commended everyone involved in the “Whipped into Shape” scene.

During that scene, actors and actresses are staged in a workout video. While jumping rope and working out, they sing “Whipped into Shape.”

“I don’t know how they can sit up there and jump rope for 5 minutes straight and not mess up and still look how they do and keep breath,” Micetich said in amazement.

He said there are too many fun musical numbers to really pick a favorite, but the workout scene impressed him.

Most Small Town Theatrics auditions are open to all ages, but anyone under 13 years old was cut this year due to the show’s mature nature, Micetich said. This year’s cast ranges in age from 14 to young 20s.

“This cast has worked so incredibly hard ... and to get this many people to represent so many different communities and see how everybody comes together and how well it comes together, I think people need to get out and see it,” Micetich said. “It’s a big show ... I’m very excited.”

For more information, visit www.smalltowntheatrics.com or Small Town Theatrics on Facebook.

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