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Students at Westwood Collegiate run through a rehearsal of their upcoming Christmas play, Legally Blonde.

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Students at Westwood Collegiate run through a rehearsal of their upcoming Christmas play, Legally Blonde. Photo Store

After performing two plays with similarly dark themes, Westwood Collegiate has decided to liven things up a bit.

Westwood’s adaptation of Legally Blonde, the 2001 romantic comedy film starring Reese Witherspoon, will show on Dec. 6 and 7 as well as from Dec. 11 to 14. The play will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase for $12, and can be bought at the school, located at 360 Rouge Rd., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Prior to Legally Blonde, the school staged productions of Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera, winning the Rainbow Stage Award for both shows.

"This year, we’re shifting gears and we’re doing a mega pop-rock musical," said Alice Russell, choir teacher at Westwood Collegiate.

Although the name of the play hints at feminine themes, Russell insisted that there are many male leads in the show, even though there is a lot of pink involved.

The plot, as in the film, centres around a woman named Elle Woods who follows her ex-boyfriend to law school.

"She tries to conform to Harvard society, wearing navy blue, but in the end she goes back to pink and realizes she can be herself and still be a star lawyer," Russell said.

Grade 12 student Julia Kraemer is playing the part of a character named Serena.

"She is sassy," Kraemer said with a laugh. "She’s one of Elle’s sorority sisters and she helps her get into Harvard. And then throughout Elle’s time at Harvard, she guides Elle through all the turmoil and trouble."

Kraemer said she is enjoying playing the part of Serena.

"It’s not necessarily the lead, but it is a big focal point, and I am a dancer, and Serena does a lot of dancing," Kraemer said.

The character of Elle Woods is known for toting her Chihuahua to school, so the play will also feature three dogs.

"We have three dogs playing two roles. Our principal (Mike Wake) owns two of the mini Chihuahuas. We also have a dog wrangler (on set)," Russell said.

Russell revealed that with all the pink in the play, the cast wanted to donate proceeds from the production to breast cancer awareness. However, in the end, they agreed on donating the proceeds to CancerCare Manitoba.

"We’re hoping to raise $8,000 by Dec. 14," Russell said. "We’ve never done this before, but we’re hoping."

For more information, contact the school at 204-888-7650.

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