‘Legally Blonde’ brings Elle Woods to Slidell from Harvard | Entertainment/Life

‘Legally Blonde’ brings Elle Woods to Slidell from Harvard | Entertainment/Life

A classic British comedy about marriage and maneuvering is reset in California during the 1860s when a makeover of “She Stoops to Conquer” opens Friday at Theatre UNO.

Caylee Sanders, left, is Kate Hardcastle and Logan Talley is Charles Marlow in the Theatre UNO production of ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ opening this week at the lakefront campus. 

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Theatre UNO will open ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ this week at the Nims Theater in the Performing Arts Center on St. Anthony Boulevard. Shown are Himshree Neupane as Constance Neville and Dallas Blackmore as George Hastings.

A standard of theater and literature classes, Oliver Goldsmith’s 1770s play looks at the attempts to marry off a daughter, mistaken identities and the twists and turns throughout.

The show, directed by Madison Smith, features Violeta Valverde, Dalton Major, Caylee Sanders, Himshree Neupane, Logan Talley, Dallas Blackmore, Morgan Hall, Ty Robbins, Quivonne Carr, Emma Cox, Gavin Beard, Brannon McDaniel, Isa Rogers and Walter Dixson IV.

The production will be in the Robert E. Nims Theatre, in the UNO Performing Arts Center on St. Anthony Avenue at 2000 Lakeshore Drive. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 20, plus April 17-18; also a matinee Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Visit uno.edu/sota-performances/ for information.

Guilty of comedy

It’s been 23 years since Reese Witherspoon sashayed into entertainment history with her starring role in “Legally Blonde.” And while she went on to get an Oscar for her Country music turn, the movie went on to get sequels and a Broadway musical.

Slidell Little Theatre stages the lyrical legal legacy opening Friday as sorority sister Elle Woods takes on Harvard Law to win back her pedigreed boyfriend and discovers her strengths while surprising all the doubters and winning her case in more ways than one.

With tunes like “Bend and Snap” and “Omigod You Guys,” the musical works at maintaining the ingenue spirit of the original movie. 

Directed by Maci Crane with choreography by Chase Crane, the cast includes Skylar Broussard as Elle, with Donnie Stafford, Theresa Sharp, Alex Traina, Jade Eastridge, Casey Jones, Kaley Pichon, Lola Penton, Chloe Loe, Tiana Williams, Mya Walgamotte, Julia Bay, Isabella Binder, Ally White, Courtney Sanchez, Lydia Pucheu, Joshua Evans, Heather Orgeron, Daniel Hartley and Trenton Gilmore. 

The show runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through April 28 at 2024 Nellie Drive in Slidell. Tickets start at $25. Visit slidelllittletheatre.org.

Opening this week April 11-17

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The cast of ‘Noises Off’ at Jefferson Performing Arts Society are, seated from left, Johnathan Mares, Nancy White, Mary Lee Jacobs and Bailey Gabrish. Standing are Miles Hamauei, Elizabeth McCoy, Benjamin Clement, Leon Vontavesprie and David Jacobs. 

“NOISES OFF”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 18 and 20, 2 p.m. Sundays through April 21; Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie. Jefferson Performing Arts Society presents the popular “farce within a farce” about a doomed British play and the hapless company that puts it on. Tickets start at $23. jpas.org.

In production


“DESIGNING WOMEN”: Opening 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday through April 27; Cutting Edge Theater, 767 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Julia Sugarbaker and company are back, including Suzanne, Charlene, Mary Jo and some new faces added to the mix set in 2020 and focusing on current events and the possibility of the women going their separate ways. Tickets start at $35. cuttingedgetheater.com. 

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