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Collaboration Brings Students Together For Musical

Pictured are Caroline Todd and Bradley Galeazzo. In back, from left, are Elora Watkins and Aly Dalton. “Legally Blonde the Musical,” featuring students from several schools, will be performed today and Saturday at Maple Grove High School. Submitted photos

Students from several area schools have joined to put on “Legally Blonde the Musical.”

The shows — 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Maple Grove High School — will be directed by Julie Costantini with her co-director, Jim Foley.

“For the longest time, I have thought it would be great to have an All-County type musical so kids could get the opportunity to perform under different directors, in a different auditorium, and perform with some of the best singers and actors from each high school,” Costantini said. “My colleague, Jim Foley, and I decided to take on the task and co-direct the show.”

Students from Jamestown, Falconer, Southwestern, Pine Valley, Portville, Panama, Dunkirk and Maple Grove have been rehearsing since June.

While Legally Blonde may not be for everyone due to its more mature content, Costantini said she wanted to do something that not a lot of schools have performed.

Caroline Todd and Ethan Tyger are pictured.

“I know out of the shows I have directed at Maple Grove, it was one of mine and my former students’ favorite shows to put on,” Costantini said. “The show is modern with great high energy music and catchy lyrics.”

Word was sent out of the All-County style performance to local schools through flyers and social media along with it being posted at Infinity music.

Despite the challenge of getting everyone’s schedules to line up, Costantini said the cast is dedicated to the shows.

“The kids started rehearsing in June and then took on a heavier rehearsal schedule in July,” Costantini said. “We would practice four to five days a week working with accompanist Julie Livengood and choreographer Jennie Cross. Compared to most high school shows, the kids had to quickly memorize their lines so we could put our show together in a shorter amount of time. This past week, we added more area high school students to our crew for stage managers and to do our lights and sound. There were a lot of challenges getting kids schedules to line up with work, vacations, graduations, college classes, and various summer camps. I was impressed with the cast’s dedication in giving up a bulk of their summer to put on the show.”

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or online at ticketpeak.co/maplegrove. The show is rated PG-13.

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