Locals are legal

2012-07-03 00:00

TWO Midlands pupils are making their semi-professional stage debuts in this year’s Rainbow Young Performers Project, Legally Blonde: The Musical, which can be seen at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban from today until July 15.

Gemma Borros and Georgi Adey, who are both pupils at St Anne’s Diocesan College in Hilton, will be playing the roles of Kate and Vivienne in the musical, which tells the story of college sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods, who, when her boyfriend Warner dumps her for someone serious, puts down her credit cards, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School.

Based on the movie of the same name, which starred Reese Witherspoon, the musical was created by Tony Award-winning director and Olivier Award-nominated choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray).

Speaking to The Witness, Gemma, a Grade 10 pupil, described her character as a “kind of geeky, sorority girl, who doesn’t quite fit in”.

Asked why she had auditioned, she said she really wanted to test her acting abilities, and believed she would be able to do that working in a semi-professional production.

“It’s not often that teenagers have the chance to work in a production like this,” Gemma said. “It’s really nice to work with such a professional group of people ... and I really believe it will help me in future productions.”

Both Gemma and Georgi are first-time participants in the project, which is hosted annually by the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (Pansa).

Georgi is playing the musical’s bad girl, Vivienne. “She’s quite mean to Elle in the beginning, and tricks her into coming to a party in costume, even though it is not a costume party. It’s quite hard being mean to Elle because the girls who play her are so nice.”

Asked what it was like to be part of the project, Georgi said: “It’s been amazing. Themi [Venturas, the director] gives you great constructive criticism, and the vocal coach really helps you. Being part of this show is really going to help me. It’s at such a higher level than a school production.”

Being part of the project has also required a great deal of dedication from both girls, who have been juggling rehearsals with exams and school work, and their families, who have been sharing the duty of taking them to rehearsals in Durban.

Legally Blonde: The Musical — which follows in the successful footsteps of Curtain Up, One Voice, Grease, Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wiz, Annie, School of Rock SA, Big River, Hairspray and Seussical last year — stars pupils from schools in both Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The lead role of Elle is shared by Robyn Ivey, from Thomas More College in Kloof, and Sarah Thompson, from St Henry’s Marist Brothers in Durban.

Legally Blonde is directed by Venturas, is choreographed by Daisy Spencer and is benefiting from vocal and musical support from the Charon Williams Ros studio. Set and costume design are by Stage Craft, and sound and lighting are by Megan Levy.

Tickets are R100 (R80 concessions) at Computicket.

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