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Dauntsey’s returns to live performance with hit musical Legally Blonde

Published Thursday 9th of December 2021 01:53:49 PM

A cast of 130 Dauntsey’s pupils, supported by a large backstage crew and full orchestra, has delighted sell-out audiences with a fantastic and uplifting production of Legally Blonde The Musical, adapted from the hit 2001 comedy film. This popular musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and book by Heather Hach, launched in 2007 and was a hit both on Broadway and in the West End.


The Dauntsey’s production received standing ovations from sell-out audiences across all four nights. The cast was made of up of pupils from years 7 to 13; for some this was their stage debut. Backstage, the School’s hi-tech sound and light system, worthy of a West End theatre, created a suitably fun and colourful setting for the musical. The orchestra, made up of both pupils and members of staff, performed the light-hearted score with great skill and energy.

The December production has become a musical tradition for Dauntsey’s and Legally Blonde The Musical follows spellbinding shows including In the Heights, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, Miss Saigon, and Billy Elliot.

Chris Walker, Director of Drama, Dauntsey’s said;

“It felt truly momentous to be back on stage, performing live. There was a palpable sense of excitement and joy among both cast and audience as we performed this fun and light-hearted production.

“A huge amount of hard work goes into staging something on this scale - it’s not just about the actors on stage but also make-up, lighting, musicians, sound, costume, choreographers – everyone involved made a huge contribution to delivering a high-energy, slick and crowd-pleasing show. It was wonderful to witness everyone leave at the end with a smile on their face.

“Special mention must go to the two stars of the show Lola Tonkiss and Monty Herring who completely stole the show with their outstanding canine performances!”

Feedback from parents and members of the community who attended has been heart-warming:

“This was a fantastic choice of musical for this year; it was uplifting, entertaining and all the cast looked as though they thoroughly enjoyed putting on the show. The cast and crew really came together with outstanding performances, fantastic choreography and superb music. The atmosphere in the Memorial Hall was buzzing!”

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