By Abi Donoghue- Culture Editor
Legally Blonde tells the tale of blonde, Malibu girl, Elle Woods who embarks on a journey of love and self-discovery.
Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre took on this much-loved show, and lived up to and surpassed every expectation I had.
Ellie Clayton, took on the lead, Elle Woods. Despite being only 18, she lit up the stage from the moment she entered, giving a perfectly executed performance from start to finish. There was nothing even remotely amateur about Claytons performance and is certainly a young performer to watch out for as she starts her training at the Royal Central School and Speech and Drama. She is certainly a star in the making and will go very far.
Emmett, Elles love interest, was played by Dan Greenwood. He tackled the role brilliantly and had everyone close to tears during the song ‘Legally Blonde’ as he tearfully pleaded with Elle.
Other stand out performances came from Isaac Hesketh playing Warner, Georgia Mason as Vivienne and Sarah Dickson, who gave a heart-warming and hilarious performance as Paulette. They all have bright futures in Musical Theatre.
Special shout-outs have to go to Lewis Pryor and Cameron Patmore for their hilarious cameo roles as Nikos and Carlos in fan favourite ‘There! Right There’ (Gay or European). And to Jacob Bailey who stole the scene as Kyle the UPS guy.
The cast as a whole were strong, and well put together. Everyone held their character impeccably well, especially in some of the more energetic numbers. ‘Whipped into Shape’ was tiring enough to just watch, so a round of applause to Chloe Saunders as Brooke Taylor-Windham who didn’t even seem to break a sweat.
Overall, I couldn’t find a fault in the show and left feeling as though I had just seen a professional production.
Certainly a cast studded with future gems of the theatre world.