Carina Allen knows “Legally Blonde.”
In January, the Mamaroneck senior appeared in the Play Group Theater production of the musical based on the Reese Witherspoon film. She was in the hard-working ensemble then, under the direction of Mamaroneck alumna Rachel Berger.
In this production, Allen — who takes part in Mamaroneck’s PACE performing-arts curriculum — plays lead Elle Woods alongside classmates appearing in their first show.
“Sometimes when you work with people who’ve done a lot of theater, there’s a pretentiousness,” she says. “And this totally eliminates that, which is great.”
“Our grade is really talented,” Allen says.
“A lot of the kids are involved in the music department and some of them are studying theater in college next year, so everyone kind of knew that this was going to be a big musical year. (Director) Stacie (Moye) said they picked this show, which is pretty hard, because word on the street was that the Class of 2013 is really hard-core,” Allen says.
Coming to the leading role from the ensemble makes the actress feel like one of the stars of those 1920s musicals, when a chorus girl is plucked from obscurity to go on for the star.
“It was kind of crazy how the world worked out,” she says with a laugh. “I don’t think earlier in the year I could have played this role, but having gone through the show once and having learned a respect for the ensemble, I think it worked out really well.”
“This is a different place than PGT,” she says. “There are different vibes and I definitely appreciate both of them.”
Photo by Peter D. Kramer/The Journal News: Carina Allen takes a break from rehearsals for “Legally Blonde,” the Mamaroneck senior-class musical.