Move over Reese Witherspoon, there’s a new Elle Woods in town.
No, seriously. Stephens Senior Shinah Brashears IS Elle Woods. OMIGOSH You Guys! She was absolutely amazing in Stephens’ production of Legally Blonde: The Musical.
It was the first theatre production I’ve been to since I started here, but that’s going to change after Friday night when I was absolutely blown away by the show. Thanks to Marissa Todd in Philanthropy for giving me the extra ticket she ended up with and exposing me to the amazing people who make up our theatre faculty and students.
Shinah is what those over in the department refer to as a “triple threat.” She can act, sing and dance and do all at the same time incredibly well. She made me laugh, made me sad and made me cheer.
Actually the whole show showcased our “triple threat” students. Senior Breanne Pickering was so incredibly entertaining as Paulette, Senior John Lampe was great as Emmett. Senior Emma Carter stood out as a leader among the Margo, Serena and Pilar characters. Professor Rob Doyen played Professor Callahan and Brian Dresner played Warner, and I did not like those characters at all…which means they played them very, very well.
I know some of the performances were selling out, but if you get a chance, go see Legally Blonde: The Musical this week at Macklanburg Playhouse. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
Like, seriously, you guys.