SPARTA, NJ – Glitter and pink, Harvard, singing and dancing, scandal and sass all come together in Legally Blonde Jr. Theater students from Sparta Middle School have taken over the high school auditorium as they prepare to share their talents with the community, under the direction of Paige Lucas and Elisa Girlando.

A peak backstage at dress rehearsal on Saturday found students excited and nervous, getting used to body mics, scenery and quick costume changes.  They all agreed, “the directors are amazing and wonderful.”

“It has been a great experience,” Sabrina Smith said.

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“It’s been numerous hours, perfecting every step, every dance, every word,”  Alex Yerofeyev said.

Hunter Takacs said, “This is fun.”

“This is awesome,” Gian Parker said.

Sam Ammaturo said, “It is my favorite thing.”

“It’s been fun,” Michael O’Krepky said.  “This is a really good space.”

Many of the young actors commented on the new friendships that developed during the creation of the production.

“The feeling of going on stage is incredible,” Robby said.  “It’s a really great experience and I’ve made new friends.”

“The love and experience that is show business, creating bonds with people, it’s indescribable,” Alex Yerofeyev said.

Connor Sumowski agreed. “You can really get to know people.  People you never knew before auditions.”

“It’s been numerous hours, perfecting every step, every dance, every word,” Yerofeyev said.

Playing the part of Elle Woods, Julia Kadar has been acting since she was three years-old.  “This is exhilarating.  Being Elle is a leadership opportunity.  It’s been great working with these people.”

The students will be performing January 10, 11 and 12 at Sparta High School with a 7 p.m. curtain. Tickets are available at the door.

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