Civic Players of Logansport is bringing “Legally Blonde: The Musical” to the stage this weekend, June 14-16, at McHale Performing Arts Center.
The show features the character Elle Woods, who has her life turned upside down when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law.
Determined to get him back, Elle charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.
The nonprofit Civic Players of Logansport is capping off its 60th season with the musical. With no paid staff, the organization operates thanks to their members’ volunteer efforts and an unpaid board of directors that oversees its operations.
“Legally Blonde: The Musical” is directed by Chris Pearcy. The season opened in October with a reprise of the first show the group ever presented — “The Tender Trap.” In March, Civic Players presented “Regrets Only!” as their second show of the season at the State Theatre in downtown Logansport.
“The overall theme of the show is about discovering who you are, standing up for yourself and doing what’s right for you,” Pearcy said. “There’s a lot of self-empowerment involved in this show.”
Pearcy is the Logansport Junior High School Drama Club director and has worked with Civic Players for five years, including acting in “The Odd Couple” and assisting in directing “Into the Woods.” This is Pearcy’s first show as lead director for Civic Players.
Having also directed multiple shows for Junior Civic Theater of Logansport, Pearcy met Kaleigh Smith, who stars as Elle in the upcoming musical.
“Legally Blonde: The Musical” will be Smith’s first opportunity performing with Civic Players. She said the transition from Junior Civic came at the perfect time, as she feels a connection to the character she will be portraying this weekend.
“Elle has so many different dynamics to her character — she’s funny, she’s serious and she’s a friend to anyone who comes up to her,” Smith explained. “Something I’ve really connected with is that throughout the entire show Elle is always growing as a person.”
Since 1958, Civic Players has provided live theater to Logansport, showcasing the talents of citizens of Logansport and the surrounding communities.
In addition to being a theatre group, the organization performs many civic responsibilities, such as ringing bells each Christmas season at the Salvation Army kettles, volunteering for events held by other organizations, working with the Cass County Historical Society on historical productions and donating show tickets to other nonprofits.
Civic Players has donated tickets to the Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ivy Tech and more as part of their fundraisers. They also award an annual scholarship to help a deserving high school student with college expenses.
Pearcy said that the group’s all-volunteer members spend countless hours involved with every aspect of theater, from behind-the-scenes roles to being in the spotlight.
“Civic Players is a nonprofit that is entirely run by volunteers,” Pearcy noted. “It’s not just getting on stage — it’s volunteering your time to help us build sets, donating money and materials, running lighting and sound, painting — every little bit helps. We can do some incredible things on a small budget.”
Showtimes for “Legally Blonde: The Musical” are 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the box office one hour prior to curtain.
For advanced ticket sales, visit https://civicplayersoflogansport.seatyourself.biz or these Logansport locations: Tanning and Trends, the Animal Hospital of Logansport, Logansport Memorial Hospital or Legacy Outfitters and Black Dog Coffee Shop.
Reach Quentin Blount at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-732-5130.
If you go
What: Civic Players of Logansport's production of "Legally Blonde: The Musical"
When: June 14-16
Times: Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Where: McHale Performing Arts Center
Details: Get tickets at the McHale box office one hour prior to each show or in advance at https://civicplayersoflogansport.seatyourself.biz or these Logansport locations: Tanning and Trends, the Animal Hospital of Logansport, Logansport Memorial Hospital or Legacy Outfitters and Black Dog Coffee Shop.