Lighthearted 'Legally Blonde' delivers positive message

For anyone interested in a feel-good story about overcoming self-imposed limitations and unlocking your true potential, “Legally Blonde” is the musical for you. 

Presented by the Cayman Drama Society at the Prospect Playhouse, “Legally Blonde” is based on the Broadway musical (adapted from the novel and Hollywood movie of the same name). Directed and produced by husband and wife team Neil and Kelly Rooney, the upbeat story will leave audiences feeling positive and “pumped up,” according to Kelly. “The message in the play is ‘never give up, push your limits, and you may be surprised by the outcome,” she says. 

The plot revolves around lead character Elle Woods, a sorority girl from California who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her blue-blood ex-boyfriend Warner Huntington. Elle appears to have it all – she is a beautiful, popular blonde who has always gotten by on her looks alone. Then her life is turned upside down when Warren dumps her for an academically inclined former prep-school flame. Her breakup shatters her confidence and now she wants to prove to her boyfriend, and subsequently the world, that she is not just a pretty face but that she has brains too. Elle fights for her man and is so determined to get him back that she impresses the Harvard Law student panel enough to get her accepted there too.  

However, law school proves to be a new world for her as she struggles with her peers, professors and her ex-boyfriend, but her friendship with Paulette and Emmett helps her navigate the system. Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world, but more importantly, to herself. She discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others, and soon shows those Ivy League snobs a few things about class and courtroom victory, all the while winning back her confidence. 

Isabella Rooney, who plays Elle, is quite an accomplished actor even though she is only 15. She has played lead characters in other Cayman productions, including “Annie” and “Hairspray,” and she won the Bank of Butterfield’s Young Musician of the Year award at age 12. Talent (and this production) is a family affair, with dad Neil a seasoned performer and singer hailing from Canada, and mom Kelly also an actor in her youth.  

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The role of Warner Huntington is played by local actor Dominic Wheaton and the roles of Paulette and Emmett are played by Jennifer LaForge and local vocalist David Verhoeven. Other cast members include Elle’s sorority sisters played by Sophie Gough, Hayley Skidmore and Rhea Allenger. Well-known Cayman actor Wendy Moore is also part of the cast, which includes a few first-time actors. Julie Blais is the audio and lighting technician, bringing years of experience to the table. There are also a slew of volunteers working hard to build the sets, and Kelly states that the whole production has been a huge community effort.  

The musical, which opened March 13, runs through March 28, Thursdays to Sundays, with evening performances starting at 7:30 and matinees at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students 17 and under. For tickets, call the Cayman Drama Society box office at 938-1998 or email [email protected] 

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From left, Rhea Allenger, Georgia Austin, Isabella Rooney and Grace Edgington appear in the Cayman Drama Society’s production of ‘Legally Blonde.’ – Photos: Stephen Clarke

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Jennifer LaForge is the character Paulette.
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