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March 16, 2016

Northwest to present ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’ April 7-9

By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

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Lauren Sveum, a senior vocal education major from Elkhorn, Nebraska, plays the role of Elle Woods in Northwest's production of Legally Blonde.

Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, in conjunction with the Encore performance series, will present the Broadway hit, “Legally Blonde: The Musical” as its biennial student musical at 7:30 p.m. April 7-9 in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

The fabulously fun, international award-winning musical is based on the “Legally Blonde” movie. It follows pink-loving, wealthy sorority president Elle Woods as she enrolls in Harvard Law School in an effort to win back her ex-boyfriend. After discovering her surprising aptitude and appreciation for law, she uses her new-found skills to defend a workout queen in a murder trial, defying the odds and proving that pink can save the day.

“This show is unique because it plays to a young crowd,” said Lauren Sveum, a senior vocal education major from Elkhorn, Nebraska, who plays the role of Elle Woods. “You can feel the college theme throughout the show. It’s very relatable, very modern, and I think students will laugh because they can relate to specific moments.”

The production combines the collaborative efforts of Professor of Music Dr. Brian Lanier and Assistant Professor of Theatre Katheryn Bilbo.

“This show is fast-paced, very upbeat, with great music and lots of dancing,” Bilbo said. “I have a feeling that even if an audience member thinks they don't like musicals, they will leave this one with a different opinion. I can't imagine anyone seeing this and not having fun.”

Lanier added, “The level of musicianship among the players is fantastic. I believe the combination of the talent on stage supported by great players in the pit will result in an incredible musical production.”

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. They may be purchased at the Student Services Center, located on the first floor of the Administration Building between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Patrons wishing to order tickets over the phone may call 660.562.1212 and must have a valid credit card. Tickets may also be purchased at the door beginning one hour before the show.

The production is recommended for ages 13 and older.

Sveum and other students involved with the production build a range of skills, including teamwork, focus and commitment. The cast consists of 30 people.

“There are both music majors and theater majors in the show,” Bilbo said. “Each of them must be able to sing, to dance and to act. Rehearsals take a lot of time, patience and practice.”

Andrea Boswell, who works as assistant costume designer to Assistant Professor of Theatre Stephanie Jorandby, also plays the role of Vivienne.

“Costume-wise, this is the biggest show I have ever been a part of, and it’s amazing to me to see the incredibly large amount of hands working on different parts of this show,” Boswell, a junior theatre performance major from Corning, Iowa, said.

Lauren Sveum, a senior vocal education major from Elkhorn, Nebraska, plays the role of Elle Woods in Northwest's production of "Legally Blonde: The Musical."

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468