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College friends are college sweethearts in ‘Legally Blonde’ at The Prizery

The final production of The Prizery’s Summer Theatre Celebration 2013 is “Legally Blonde,” based on the 2001 film of the same name. 

Elle Woods, portrayed by Reese Witherspoon in the film, and Warner Huntington III, her college sweetheart, will guide audiences through a range of emotions and experiences in this high-energy production. From the excitement of young love, to disappointment, jealousy, life changes and lessons that seemingly come out of nowhere, everyone is sure to find something they can relate to in the show.

Chelsea M. Fuller and Jacob Estes are featured as Elle and Warner and have a long history together both on and off stage. Both are students at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn., and they train through the university’s Renaissance program. 

Brad Bass, choreographer, said, “Their friendship off stage is the true foundation of their relationship on stage, and you can feel their chemistry.”

Audiences will likely remember Estes from his portrayal of Jesus in last summer’s “Godspell,” quite a different character than the arrogant and “frat-tastic” Warner, who places more importance on image than substance. He is excited to share this experience with Fuller. 

“We’re close friends from college but have never been able to play roles opposite one another, let alone love interests.” 

Estes also is excited to be back in Halifax County for his second summer at The Prizery. 

“I have been treated very well at The Prizery, and everyone in the community is kind, generous and very supportive. I have always wanted to do this show and am thrilled to be back again this summer,” Estes said.

Estes will return to Tennessee at the end of the summer to complete two more years of college. He is majoring in music education and then plans to move to New York to pursue a career in musical theatre. 

His Summer Theatre colleagues look forward to following his career and give great praise to his work ethic and dedication.

“Jacob is a warm, kind-hearted person, whom you feel like you’ve known your whole life, even when meeting him for the first time,” said Amanda Jarufe, a member of the company.  

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Fuller is new to Prizery audiences this summer and is very excited about “Legally Blonde.”

 “This is a dream role for me, and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to fulfill this dream at The Prizery,” she said.

Fuller describes Elle as a caring, loving, encouraging young woman who loves to have a good time. She can be mistaken for a ditsy beauty, but she shouldn’t be underestimated. Most importantly, she remains true to herself and asks for help in times of self-doubt. Audiences will see a true transformation in Elle as the story progresses, but she never loses her sense of self.

Like Elle, Fuller has experienced a journey this summer: “I’ve grown a lot through this experience. This is the first time I’ve been away from home for an extended period of time, and I’ve learned a lot about myself. I have made some wonderful connections and friends who have become my family away from home.” 

A rising senior at Bethel, Fuller is majoring in elementary education and plans to move to Chicago to pursue theatre before beginning her teaching career. Those close to her this summer believe she has what it takes to be extremely successful. 

During rehearsal, Katie Finan shared that “Chelsea is always on 24/7, always prepared, and rocks a mean triple-ponytail.”

“This high-energy, charming production with amazing choreography and staging by Brad Bass will have audiences walking away with a smile on their face and a lesson they didn’t think they’d get from Legally Blonde,” said Estes. 

Fuller agreed that “the show is a great time. You’ll never stop smiling and laughing, and you’ll go home feeling uplifted.”

Join Fuller, Estes and the rest of the company of “Legally Blonde” at The Prizery through July 21. 

For tickets, contact the Box Office at (434) 572-8339 or www.prizery.com.