Kingwood students take stage in TUTS production of ‘Legally Blonde the Musical’
- Written by By Susan McFarland
Two Kingwood-area students debuted in Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars’ (TUTS) Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (HSMT) production of “Legally Blonde the Musical” at the Hobby Center in early September. The production featured an all-teen cast made entirely of local high school students. “Legally Blonde the Musical” follows sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who doesn’t take “no” for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more “serious,” Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Robert Terry, a senior at Kingwood High School, appears in the production as Grandmaster Chad, a fraternity boy at UCLA, who tries to distract Elle from studying. Terry previously appeared in Kingwood High School’s productions of “The Drowsy Chaperone” as “The Man in Chair” and “David Quinn” in The Voice of the Prairie. Terry spoke highly of the Kingwood High School theater program, saying, “I love the training that I get at Kingwood High School, [theater director] Frank Chuter is such an amazing teacher.” Terry, who started acting at 11, plans on pursuing a college degree in theater after he graduates in May. Kingwood resident Dylan Lambert, a freshman at St. Pius X High School, also appears in the production, as part of the ensemble cast. Lambert is a student at the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre and has appeared in past TUTS productions including “The Who’s Tommy.” Fitting high school, acting school and acting in “Legally Blonde” into his day has been a bit of a challenge for Lambert. “I usually stay after school and do my homework in the library, then my mom will pick me up and take me to the theater,” he said. Lambert has been taking classes at Humphreys for the last five years. “Five years ago, I took one of their two-week summer camps. At the end of the second week, I was asked if I wanted to be in the Academy. Humphreys School is just a great place; everyone there makes you feel like you belong. Everyone is very kind and supportive,” Lambert continued. This October, Lambert will also appear as Chip in the St. Pius production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Lambert noted the “Legally Blonde” audition process was tough. “I think over 200 people auditioned. There are about 38 people in the cast. There are quite a few people who attend Humphreys School in the cast, but not all do. I think they also like to give all the other kids a chance. It’s basically the cream of the crop of [Houston-area] kids who like doing musical theater,” he said. “We had to prepare a 16-bar selection of music and we had to learn a dance combination. After the initial auditions, there were second and third callbacks for additional auditions. I was really nervous, because the third time I was called back; there were only two guys and about 25 girls. It’s a heavy girl-power musical,” Terry said, further describing the process. Rehearsals began in early August and ran six days a week, for four to five hours each day. “The rehearsal process is very fun. The first three or four weeks of rehearsal, we are constantly working. When we start the run-through of the show, we have more downtime,” Lambert remarked. The production was sold out for the entire weekend. Photo: Kingwood residents Robert Terry and Dylan Lambert appeared in the TUTS all-teen cast of “Legally Blonde the Musical” at the Hobby Center in early September.