“This man is gay, and there is no shame. You need to stop being such a complete closet suitcase. It is me, not her, that he sees, whatever he says. I swear he never saw anything else. You`re so gay, your fat perfect, you a man`s fiery cabaret. (I`m right now), you weren`t yesterday. If I may, I am proud to say that he is gay. But for many former theater kids who see Red Room`s production of “Omigod You Guys” over and over again to take advantage of its many weaknesses — the sloppy choreography, the spectacularly failed solo of Salesgirl #2, the inexplicably huge pencil prop, the clearly human dog barking coming from outside the stage (actually from an assistant director) — the music video doesn`t just redeem Schadenfreude`s Sensation. It`s a relic from an earlier era where you`re not afraid of the spotlight when you had the verve and courage to go for that note you might not quite match, or that costume choice you couldn`t quite make it, and just be yourself without fear of troll censorship or YouTube sneaky musical theater. To really dance and sing as if no one is watching.
Holloway perhaps sums up the appeal of video best: “It was a perfect blend of ambition, confidence and decomplexity,” he says. I think it reminds people what it`s like to be so uninhibited. If you`ve always desperately needed a “legal blonde,” but even more, you probably already have tickets and probably won`t be disappointed. Many very excited people who wore pink in the audience were clearly living their best lives. To me, it has fluctuated somewhere between a confusing excess and a disappointing and adventurous attempt to modernize a musical and story that seems ripe for more robust questions. Still, it`s worth a look, just for the dog Gimp Man. Here, Moss` production deals with something closer to musical than one might expect, with the aggressive color palette shifting to earthy hues, and Bowman`s Elle invests far more in solving the legal case that was forced on her by her teacher Callahan (Eugene McCoy) than she ever felt in her relationship with Wagner. Directed by Lucy Moss, who won Sleeper West End`s hit “Six,” this cover of “Legally Blonde” feels less like an update to the 2007 musical and more like a bizarre fever dream. Due to the success of the original film, there was a time when Legally Blonde was frequently performed by college amateur theatre production companies; It also helped that the show has a large female cast, and most young theater companies tend to be women. One of these companies was Red Room Studio Productions, a small performing arts company in Nanaimo, Canada, a small town about a two-hour ferry ride from Vancouver. “There are many metaphysical stores that sell crystals. There are a lot of vegan restaurants,” says Joshua Holloway, who played Emmett in the production Red Room Studios.
“There`s a really cool little art community.” The musical took over all the plot montages – but in my opinion more the independent spirit and beautiful femininity of Elle. But after a first half that wasn`t so afraid to do what she wanted, which I rudely spoil most of the time, does it really happen? The second seemed more confused than the director`s flaws and the musical itself revealed. Cynthia Bair, whose daughter Makenzie played Enid in the production, shared an email she sent to the administration. “Ms. Hansen emphasized the importance of working together, respecting individual differences, respecting personal commitments, and demonstrating the joy and reward that comes with pursuing and nurturing one`s passion. Your investment in our children remains unmatched by any educator I have met so far in my daughter`s educational experience,” she wrote. #stitch with @jammin_wben, I hope it finds the right people. #courtneytakeyourbreak #omigodyouguys #legallyblonde #acting #drama #fyp As far as children`s productions are concerned, some are good, some are bad. But if it involves children in the trade, then that`s positive. It sounds like a great program. “Anyone who has ever been a child of artistic theater knows this in some way,” says Kathleen Morris, aka “Delta Nu Chorus Girl #3,” a little red-haired girl who appears in the video wearing a purple shirt. It spawned a parody of Saturday Night Live, a Buzzfeed quiz, and so many compilations of amateur YouTube musical theater production that you start cringing; The role of Salesgirl #2 became an icon, with “Courtney, take your break” becoming something of a gay Twitter meme.
“Mistakes are so innocent and it`s funny. There are so many little things you can choose from by watching and watching again,” says Taya Seaton, one of the original production members (she played the girl in the blue shirt that fans affectionately call the “Jewish Queen” for her line “Dear Her/honey, mazel tov”). The music video was uploaded to the Red Room Facebook group for parents and family members, and no one associated with the production thought much about it for years. But a few years later, Chelmak received calls from young people with bizarre requests for a full video copy of the production; Some offered their money. Others claimed to be Broadway actors or producers, saying they were disgusted by the quality of the production. She asked her staff to investigate. That`s when she discovered that the video had been posted on YouTube, where she received hundreds of thousands of views and comments distorting the production and its young actors. Chelmak asked the cameraman who made the original video to remove it, and he complied, but 24 hours later, she claims, it was again. Bloomquist`s compilation “Courtney Take Your Break” as well as the 2015 SNL sketch only attracted more attention. “Just when you think it`s over, it starts again,” she says. Docherty is also a director of children`s theater in the Cincinnati area and admits there might be content in the show that some people might find “borderline” for high school students. He said he`s heard a few parents say the show is more mature than they think, but nothing he thinks would become a formal complaint or lead to Hansen`s firing.
He added: “I also strongly believe that the arts can be the arts; That`s why they`re awesome. Parents had the discretion not to bring young children, but many people have already seen the movie and should understand the series. I didn`t think it was normal to charge people who are cast in a production. I get paid for it, but isn`t paying money to the company so you can play unethical for production companies? To promote the production, Chelmak asked a cameraman at a local news station whose daughter had been in the Red Room to film dress rehearsals for a commercial. The end result was a short YouTube clip consisting of several dress rehearsals – so the costumes and props change inexplicably at different points in the video. Seaton recalls that the actors were “so nervous” to record the opening number. “It was the first time we played this on stage and the first time we did it with the props that everyone had installed. And it`s very obvious when you look at it,” she says. Nevertheless, she remembers that after the fact, everyone felt that he had done a great job. “I remember thinking, `I`m going to be famous after this. This is my defining moment,” she says, echoing the children`s feelings in the SNL parody version of the production.
“There is a fine line between whitewashing a production and typographic casting, and I would never want to do both. I really try to find a balance to stay true to certain cultural things when they`re appropriate, while giving everyone equal opportunities in distribution, regardless of race or sexuality. I take into account talent, behavior, attitude and all sorts of things,” Maimonis said. Dan Docherty`s daughter, Abby, is a junior at Loveland High and played Elle Woods, the determined blonde heroine in Legally Blonde. “She loved playing the part,” he said. “In his experience, it was a dream role. She absolutely loved it. She went well and had no problems with the content or on stage to play this role. Abby also played Sandy in Grease in Loveland. “We`ve had a lot of changes of principals in the last five years and they finally have someone that the kids loved and adored,” he said. “Sonja does it because she loves it.
It`s not like she`s doing it for the money. She probably puts more into it than she deserves. It was very discouraging. This goal was reflected in the close-knit group of children who returned to the program year after year, appearing in productions such as The Little Mermaid, Grease and Chicago. “The kids in the Nanaimo theatre were a lot of people who were having trouble finding community in other places,” says Ben Loyst, who didn`t appear on Legally Blonde but starred in many future Red Room Studios productions. “I had played sports for most of my early childhood and none of it worked for me. I couldn`t find the community I needed. At Red Room Studios, “I realized pretty quickly that people were more acceptable, interested, and more willing to have sensitive connections with other people, I guess.” X, Y, and Z stated that Maimonis told them early in the rehearsal process not to ask about changes in the musical.