Carmel Middle School musical dispels stereotypes

Sydney Greene rehearses for “Legally Blonde.” (Photo by Mark Ambrogi)

Sydney Greene rehearses for “Legally Blonde.”
(Photo by Mark Ambrogi)

By Mark Ambrogi

Securing the lead role in a school musical is special enough. The fact that it is in “Legally Blonde” makes it that much better for Sydney Greene.

“It’s so awesome,” the Carmel Middle School eighth grader said. “Everyone is so excited. We have a lot of practice but it’s going to be good in the end. It has a really good message that goes beyond stereotypes, that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.”



Greene, who wears a blonde wig in the show, plays Elle Woods in her school’s junior version of “Legally Blonde.” The performances will be held at the middle school auditorium at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14 and 15. Tickets are $5.

The plot centers on Woods, a sorority girl, enters Harvard Law School to win back her boyfriend but learns her knowledge of the law can help others. Ayden Stewart, an eighth grader, plays Emmett, a teaching assistant who encourages Elle.

“There’s a lot of funny scenes,” Stewart said. “I like the fact that I’ve seen the musical so it’s fun to see what we do with it.”

Choir director Trisha Scheidies provides the vocal direction and choreography. Jason ElRite serves as the stage director and helps with building the sets. Joe Foltz, a Carmel High School choir teacher, is serving as an assistant director.

“We like this show because it’s current and something the kids can relate to,” Scheidies said.

ElRite said the musical has been toned down to make certain it is a family-friendly version. There are 48 cast members and 20 in the stage and scenic design crew.

Clay Middle School will present “Xanadu Jr.” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 through 8. Creekside Middle School’s fall musical is “Fame Jr.” is the fall musical. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20-21 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 22.

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