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April 11-21: Play 'Legally Blonde'

“Movie-to-Broadway” hit concludes mainstage season.

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 3-25-2013

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will conclude its Mainstage season with the movie-to-Broadway musical production, “Legally Blonde,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. April 11-13 & 18-20 and 2 p.m. April 20 & 21 in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. It is sponsored by Community Bank Mankato, Mankato Ford and the stations of Radio Mankato.

Based on the movie of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon in the lead role, “Legally Blonde” follows sorority star Elle Woods, who doesn’t take “no” for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law School. Along the way, she proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. It is making its Minnestoa State Mankato debut.

“Legally Blonde” is directed by Department Chair Paul J. Hustoles, with choreography by Paul Finocchiaro. Senior BFA Design/Technology candidate Sam Juhnke is the lighting designer. Starring as Elle Woods is Callie Syverson, junior BFA Musical Theatre candidate, who recently starred as “Wendla” in “Spring Awakening.” Her boyfriend, Warner, is played by her “Spring Awakening” love interest, Jake McInerney, also a junior BFA Musical Theatre candidate, who played “Melchior.” The cast of 39 is populated with many of the top musical theatre students in the department, as well as many others.

Individual tickets for ”Legally Blonde” are $22 regular, $19 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $15 for current Minnesota State students. Tickets are available online at, or 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday from the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. Call 507-389-6661. Please note: Discounted tickets may be purchased through the box office only.

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