This April, the Townsend Harris Players will put on a production of Legally Blonde: The Musical.
English teacher and play director Joseph Canzoneri said, “Last year’s group was boy-heavy… But this year especially, we wanted something that really featured girls. We wanted something with a little more dance than what we’ve had in the past couple of shows because there’s a lot of dance talent in the building.”
As in any theatrical performance that’s performed on a school stage, students play a key role in the entire process. Last year’s play, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, relied on what Mr. Canzoneri felt was an exceptionally strong year for male actors. Of course, this year’s play won’t be entirely female, but it will play to the strengths of a different pool of talent.
Senior Jennifer Walsh is the head stage manager of Legally Blonde and is responsible for helping with casting and making sure that actors have all props and set pieces required. She does all of this alongside her assistant stage managers, juniors Lianna Rada and Olivia Krakowski. They are currently viewing all of the talent that THHS has to offer and narrowing down actors for roles.
On the topic of this year’s performance, Jennifer says, “Auditions are fun, rehearsals are fun, and of course, seeing the whole thing come together is fun. We work hard, but the cast usually brings a lot of energy and focus to each rehearsal, and I’m sure we’ll have that same dedication this year.”
Students shared thoughts on the play selection. Senior Amanda Tran said, “This year’s topic is based off a movie a lot of us are familiar with so I have high expectations.”
Senior Christina Marshall agrees and “[thinks] it’s really nice that they’re doing a play on something so modern and something a lot of people know about. “
Junior Julian de la Rosa also has high expectations. “I think it will be awesome. It will appeal to the young audience, especially students .”
Not only are students excited about the play, teachers are as well.
The play is one of social studies teacher Adam Stonehill’s favorite events in the school. He always attends the play as he thinks Mr. Canzoneri does a great job in production. He says, “I love musical comedies and this year’s a musical comedy and I’m looking forward to it.”