BLT brings Legally Blonde to Bainbridge

Published 4:56 pm Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Bainbridge Little Theatre’s Teen Class Act will present ‘Legally Blonde Jr.,” this weekend. The show is an abbreviated version of the Broadway musical and the motion picture that starred Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods,

Elle, a cute blonde manages to charm her way into Harvard Law School. She was challenged to undertake the adventure after her boyfriend, who was headed for Harvard Law, broke up with her, accusing her of not being serious enough. So she decided to show him.

The story goes on to show how Elle grows up and finds she really takes to the study of Law, while finding true love with another fellow student.

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The BLT version is directed by Brandi Adkins who appeared in the BLT spring musical production of Brigadoon. A teacher at Cairo High School, Ms. Adkins is a former student of Mike Inlow, whom she says is still her mentor. He is assisting with the current production.

The show stars Rachel Rentz as Elle, the naïve blond. Rachel has previously appeared in Class Act summer plays for three years. She just graduated from Bainbridge High School and will enter Columbus State University as a sophomore, where she plans to major in theater.

Brandan Forrest of Cairo, plays Emmett who helps Elle navigate the system at Harvard, and becomes a very close friend in the process. Another veteran of the Class Act shows, he also appeared in the BLT production of Brigadoon. He will enter Valdosta State in the fall as a sophomore studying Education.

Alaiya Schuyler plays the role of Paulette, the unlucky-in-love hairdresser who attempts to give relationship advice to Elle. The three main characters, when asked what they like most about the show all agreed with Alaiya who said, “The energy. It is so upbeat,”  Brandan added he loved the message of how people can grow and find self-acceptance.

Other cast members are: Brooke Phillips, Rosie Rentz, Aubri Josey, Paige Overman, James Rodden, Seth Jones, Edward Moorhead, Elijah Harris, Connor Rentz, Brendan Forrest, Ella Folsom, Evie Slaughenhoup, Abraham Islas, Ashlyn Brock. Several of the cast members have more than one role to fill.

The cast includes approximately six Cairo students, some of whom have participated in the BLT summer program before. Adkins commented on what a positive experience it was for both Bainbridge and Cairo kids to work together. She was complimentary of the Class Act of BLT, adding that Cairo does not have anything like it.

The show opens Friday night at 7 p.m., continues with a Saturday night show and closes with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.