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Utah State University, Meet Elle Woods

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

USU student actress from 'Legally Blond -- The Musical'

Pink is the theme. Utah State University student Kayli Jackson as Elle Woods with Bruiser from the Utah State Theatre production of "Legally Blond — The Musical." The production plays at USU Nov. 1-3 and 6-10 at the Morgan Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

graphic illustration for USU production of 'Legally Blond'

Elle Woods is taking charge at Utah State University this fall as Legally Blonde —The Musical opens with performances Nov. 1- 3 and 6-10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Theatre of the Chase Fine Arts Center on the Logan campus.

“In recent years, Broadway has seen a string of musicals based on popular films,” said Kenneth Risch, department head of Theatre Arts in the Caine College of the Arts and director of the musical. “Legally Blonde is one of the best examples of how a simple screenplay can be enhanced by musical numbers. This is a witty, spirited and fast-moving show with a big heart.”

The musical, based on the MGM motion picture and novel by Amanda Brown, follows Elle Woods, a Delta Nu Sorority sister who has the perfect boyfriend and the perfect life — so she thought. After Elle discovers nobody takes her seriously, Elle sets out to prove she is more than a blonde who loves pink.

“This show is a huge growing experience for me as an actress,” said Kayli Jackson, a junior majoring in theater performance who plays Elle in the show. “Elle is so much more than a blonde who loves pink — she is smart, caring and always looking for the good in people. I want the audience to see Elle’s true character and learn with her that you must be true to yourself.”

Joining the student cast are two dogs — Bruiser, Elle’s Chihuahua, and Rufus, Elle’s friend Paulette’s English bulldog. Bruiser came from the Cache Humanitarian Society with the agreement that Risch will find him a home.

“Working with Bruiser is a great new experience for me and I am really enjoying it,” said Jackson. “I feed him a lot of treats in rehearsal.”

Legally Blonde is rated I for language and is not recommended for children under age 13. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 seniors and youth, $10 USU faculty and staff and $5 for USU students with valid ID. For more information and tickets visit the CCA Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 435-797-8022 or see the college website.

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Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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