MORE than 50 Kendal College students are celebrating a sold-out weekend of theatre.

The Performing Arts students put on a production of Legally Blonde at Brewery Arts, performing there for the first time in three years. 

The show is based on a theatre version of the famous film from 2001 of the same name. 

Mary Connor, the actress who played lead character Elle Woods said:  "This show has been the highlight of my college journey. To everyone who supported us, thank you from the bottom of my heart."

The production was put on at the end of a busy year for the students. The show was a final exam project of which the students are graded on for the qualification. 

It was also a technical achievement, with sound, lighting, set design and stage management fully student operated. 

The Westmorland Gazette: Kendal College students performed at Brewery Arts centre for the first time in three years. Photo: Callan HalliwellKendal College students performed at Brewery Arts centre for the first time in three years. Photo: Callan Halliwell

Calum Procter, studying Theatre and Event Technology said: "I am so proud to have been a part of the amazing technical team for Legally Blonde. 

"We're not seen as we are the crew working backstage, in the control rooms or on lighting or sound desk.

"I can't wait to come back to college for year two." 

The audience was impressed by the high quality of the show, giving standing ovations. 

Paula Harley, who came to watch said: "Amazing show, well done. It's the best show I have ever watched. I loved every minute of it"

Many of the students that participated in the show grew up watching previous cohorts put on performances. 

They are now progressing to dance and drama school, or into further technical training. 

This is the first time Kendal College have put on a show at Brewery Arts since the start of the pandemic. 

Legally Blonde is a 2001 comedy starring Reese Witherspoon. 

Its success led to Legally Blonde: The Musical premiering in San Francisco six years later. 

The West End production opened in January 2010 at the Savoy Threatre, and won three Laurence Olivier Awards. The West End show closed in April 2012. 

However the show returned to London this year, with a new production currently on at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.