NHSG - Newcastle High School For Girls: Legally Blonde

Newcastle High School For Girls: Legally Blonde

February 13, 2024

A talented cast of 83 students from Newcastle High Schools for Girls performed the stage version of Legally Blonde to local audiences at the beginning of February.

Newcastle High School For Girls Legally Blonde performance took place between Thursday 1st and Saturday 3rd February at NHSG’s senior school, making full use of the professional stage facilities the school’s performing arts department enjoys.

Two casts were created which attracted audiences of 1300 across the four-show run.

Legally Blonde tells the story of sorority girl turned law student Elle Woods. Jess Grayson  is one of the two NHSG pupils who shared the star role.

Jess said:

“I can honestly say this has been one of the best experiences of my life! As a blonde myself, Elle is such an inspiring character to play. She challenges the stereotypes and shows everyone how intelligent she is while still being true to herself. Even when you leave the stage, a little bit of Elle stays with you.”

Minnie Dobson took up the lead part for the second cast. Now preparing for her A levels, she has taken part in every show since she started at the school seven years ago.

Minnie said:

“I am beginning my process of applying for drama school and taking that step into the world of theatre and I couldn’t be more grateful to have had this experience and to be part of such a strong community and family.

“I will be so incredibly sad to be moving on from this but I believe Legally Blonde and all the fantastic shows that our school put on have not only guided my career aspirations but have also shaped me as a person, and for that I will forever be grateful.”

Anna Dobson, Head of Drama and Legally Blonde Musical Director said:

“Legally Blonde explores the power of determination, friendship and embracing your true self – and our cast took the audience on an unforgettable journey filled with laughter, catchy tunes and some seriously impressive dance moves.

“I want to express my gratitude to the 83 incredibly talented cast members who have embraced their inner Elle Woods. Their dedication, energy, and enthusiasm have truly brought this production to life. Together, they have shown the world that they, like Elle, can do anything they set their minds to.”

Jess added:

“I have developed my stage craft through this experience and learnt so much – including all the little things like where a prop needs to be placed and how to rapidly change costumes in less than a minute!

“I’ve also developed as an actor, singer and performer and I’d love to start a career in acting or musical theatre. There is no better feeling than before you walk on stage right through to your final bow. It’s just magic!”

NHSG, part of the Girls Day Schools Trust, has an outstanding Performing Arts department. It includes Drama, Music, and, in partnership with Gateway Studio, Dance.

The NHSG annual musical showcases the excellent talent within the school. Every year several NHSG pupils take up places at top performing arts schools. Many then go on to achieve further success on the stage. This includes alumna Maya Torres, who started at Leeds Conservatoire in 2021 and won a BAFTA in 2023 for ‘How to be a person’ in the Short Form category.