High School Musical: Blondes Really Do Have More Fun


Blonde is the word of the week as Hauppauge High School prepares for this years Spring musical, Legally Blonde.


Based upon the film and novel of the same name, Legally Blonde follows the story of a young sorority girl, Elle Woods, who struggles to win back her ex-boyfriend by attempting to earn a law degree at Harvard University. Once there, Elle learns she has more legal savvy than she could have ever imagined and along the way she makes new friends, new enemies and takes on her very own case.

For sophomore, Catherine Rice, she couldn’t be any more excited to be playing a role in a musical she states she “could have only dreamed of bringing to life.”

“I saw Legally Blonde back when it was on Broadway and never in a million years did I think I would be able to perform it one day with all my friends and fellow classmates,” she says.

Catherine Rice began her theater career in 9th grade after she saw a previous high school production that she says left her “mesmerized” and “wanting to join theater right away.” Once she got to High School she began her theatre career in small theater productions such

Catherine Rice performing in Legally Blonde

as the school’s annual Safe Halloween fundraiser before starring in the school’s drama and musical productions.

Catherine loves everything about theater but is especially grateful for all of the friends she has made and for the confidence that being in theater has given her.

Hauppauge High School theater director Ruth E. Pincus is also just as jubilant as her students when discussing Legally Blonde.

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Students performing in Legally Blonde

“It is a play I have wanted to do for a while now,” she says. “This is such a hard working, dedicated, talented and motivated group of kids who I had no doubt in my mind would be able to pull this off.”

After both performances audience members could clearly see all of the hard work and

Catherine Rice alongside friend and fellow cast mate Craig Bottner

dedication presented by all cast, crew and faculty members alike. The show was a HUGE success and referred to by many as their “favorite Hauppauge production to date.”

“I thought this was the best play they’ve done in years,” states audience member Olympia Dalley. “The sets were marvelous, the singing was pitch perfect, the costumes were fabulous and I was so amazed that they had actual dogs in the production. A+ Hauppauge!”

For Catherine Rice this will be a production she will always remember and she can’t wait to see what the rest of her high school acting career has in store.

Why did you join theater?

  • I joined theater after I saw one of the high school’s performances when I was in 8th grade because it looked like a lot of fun and a great place to meet new people and create new friendships. I was mesmerized by everything: the music, the costumes, the acting, the overall excitement.

How did you feel when you found out you were doing Legally Blonde?

  • When I found out we were doing Legally Blonde I was so excited because I am a huge fan of both the movie and Broadway play and I’m obsessed with the soundtrack. I couldn’t believe we were doing it at first but I am so happy we did.

What did you do to prepare for the show?

  • To prepare for the show we first had a week of song rehearsals where we learned each of the songs. The week after we learned all of the dances. Then from there we went into a month of rehearsal almost everyday after school and onto Tech Week, where we run through the show as if it were the real deal with lighting, costumes and the orchestra until late at night.

It’s not hard to see why this show was a success. Hauppauge High School has done it again and next years show already has some tough competition to beat. Now to see if our Bend & Snap is still effective …

Listen to Catherine Rice give advice to others looking to join theater:


Check out a Timeline pinpointing the process of how this amazing show was put together



Elle Woods picture on top: Elle Woods Photo

Legally Blonde the Musical Photo used in Timeline: Legally Blonde The Musical in Timeline

Legally Blonde Music Sheet used in Timeline: Legally Blonde Music Sheet