Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre presents 2 family-friendly performances

The Desert Stages Theatre premiere of “Legally Blonde” is Friday, May 17. (Submitted photo)

Desert Stages Theatre presents opening night of “Legally Blonde the Musical” 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17 and Gerry Cullity’s “Alice In Wonderland” 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25.

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre is at 7014 East Camelback Road, Suite 0586 in Scottsdale.

“Legally Blonde The Musical” is a musical adaptation of the novel “Legally Blonde” by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture under the same name, according to a press release.

The show follows Elle Woods, a Delta Nu at UCLA who appears to have it all. Woods’ world is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her to attend Harvard Law. In an attempt to win back Warner, Elle charms her way into the prestigious law school where she quickly realizes she struggles to fit in.

“Legally Blonde the Musical” features a cast of teen actors from across the Valley, and will be directed by Lisa Barton-Figueroa, an award-winning actor and director in the Valley.

Gerry Cullity’s “Alice In Wonderland” will also open in May.

The show captures the adventures of young Alice adapted from Lewis Carroll’s children classic. One idle afternoon, Alice stumbles into a rabbit hole to find herself immersed in a colorful and exciting Wonderland.

Whimsical songs and discoveries surround her as she encounters a long list of friends and foes including a White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts and her army of playing cards.

Desert Stages’ production of “Alice In Wonderland” features music and lyrics written by Gerry Cullity, the late co-founder of DST. Cullity’s work has been performed for over a quarter of a century in Scottsdale, as well as New York City with the New York premiere of his musical “The Butterfly’s Day.”

“Alice In Wonderland” is co-directed by former child actors and DST veterans, Kristin Alba and Erin Tarkington.

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre is delivering over 18 productions this season, and offering several season ticket packages starting as little as 3 shows. Go to DesertStages.org or call the box office at 480-483-1664.

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