‘Legally Blonde’ takes center stage at HPAC


It’s smiles all around between Emma Degerstedt (Elle) and Josh Tangermann (Emmet) during rehearsal for ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical.’ soon to hit the stage.

It’s smiles all around between Emma Degerstedt (Elle) and Josh Tangermann (Emmet) during rehearsal for ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical.’ soon to hit the stage.

When Elle Woods arrives at Harvard law school, she is met with hostility from classmates and professors alike.

However, in “‘Legally Blonde:’ The Musical,” she proves herself to her peers and the audience, through hard work and personality.

‘Legally Blonde’ is coming to the Haugh Performing Arts Center for a three-night run. Showtimes are April 12 at 8 p.m., April 13 at 8 p.m. and April 14  at 2 p.m.

Emma Degerstedt, 21, who plays Elle Woods said, “I was drawn to acting, ‘cause I was really bad at sports.” When asked why she was drawn to the character Elle, Degerstedt said, “I have a lot of similarities with Elle, I was in sororities in college, I even drive the same car as her.”

Josh Tangermann, 20, who plays the male lead, Emmett says, “I have acted since I was 7; doing plays at my church.” When asked about the live orchestra Tangermann said, “Its really cool, to sing with a live orchestra. It brings a new feeling.”

“It will be tons of fun, a high energy show,” said Brittany Tangermann, 21, who plays Paulette, a silly hairdresser who befriends Elle and steals the show with her ridiculous one-liners.

More than 50 Citrus student actors, singers and dancers make up the cast, which includes several members of the Citrus Singers ensemble.

The musical is based on the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon and novel by Amanda Brown. The plot is simple: Elle Woods must get accepted into Harvard law school to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner.

Garrett Smith, who plays Professor Winthrope, wasn’t quite sure how he made the production—at first, he despised acting.

“My parents made me take it in high school. Somehow I ended up at Citrus,” he said.

In the role of Winthrope, he chooses Elle as an intern to defend millionaire widow Brooke Wyndahm who is accused of murder.

Tickets are $16 for students and seniors, $20 for the public and $15 for kids 16 and under.

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