Skyline High School student takes stage in ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’

September 11, 2012

By Christina Corrales-Toy

Brendan Rosell rehearses a dance number from ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical.’ By C. Rupley

Skyline High School junior Brendan Rosell grew up on the theater stage.

From dance classes through Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE program to starring roles in school plays, Rosell seized any local opportunity to perform for an audience.

“I’ve grown up in the performing arts community,” he said. “My mother was a dancer and performing has always been such an enriching thing for me.”

Now, Rosell, 16, will participate in his biggest performance yet when he joins Seattle Musical Theatre’s production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” beginning Sept. 14 at Magnuson Park in Seattle.

Based on the 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon, “Legally Blonde: The Musical” incorporates singing and dancing to the story about a sorority girl who attends Harvard Law School to try and impress her ex-boyfriend.

The show’s original run on Broadway in 2007 received seven Tony Award nominations.

Rosell is a part of the ensemble where he will get to sing, dance and act. The cast has been rehearsing since the beginning of August and Rosell said he is excited to get in front of an audience.

“I’m looking forward to everyone being able to see these big dance numbers and just a spectacle of a show,” he said.

The cast rehearses five days a week for three hours a day, which can be a lot for a high school student who must juggle classes and homework at the same time. But Rosell takes it all in stride, because performing is his passion.

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‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’

“It’s a lot, but then again, I’ve been doing this for a long time,” he said. “I’m always in a show it seems like, so I’ve kind of mastered the art of juggling school, homework and rehearsal.”

For Rosell, performing is all about telling a story.

“I love being able to tell people stories,” he said. “Being able to communicate and connect with people, and telling their stories for them and letting their voices be heard, I think that’s really important.

In the future, the Sammamish teen hopes to see his name in lights on Broadway, but mainly he just wants to perform.

“I want to be a performer,” he said. “I would love for that to be my career. I want to go to college and get a degree in musical theater. I hope to be on Broadway and maybe travel around and do shows.”

Rosell praised the rich cultural offerings in Sammamish and Issaquah, particularly Village Theatre programs, for helping him become the performer he is today. He also encouraged local theater patrons to come and enjoy “Legally Blonde: The Musical” in Seattle.

“There are so many great theaters in the area, Seattle Musical Theatre is just another great theater to go and support,” he said. “They would love to have everyone from the Sammamish and Issaquah area to come and support us. I would love it and it would be great for the show.”

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