The Young Company at Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham is into something new this weekend. It'll embark on an epic -- and fast -- journey to stage of "Legally Blonde -- The Musical" in just 24 hours.
The clock will start counting down Friday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. Students and staff will work as a collaborative creative team to stage, costume and tech an entire production that will be performed and open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m.
"Legally Blonde -- The Musical," based on the beloved movie, is a fun, funny Broadway tribute to girl power. The international award-winning show follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Along the way, she proves that you can be legally blonde and still the smartest person in the room. Driven by memorable tunes and explosive dances, it's a joyous journey of self-discovery.
Dori Robinson, who directs education, and Tyler Rosati, education and artistic associate, supervise the inaugural 24-Hour Musical project that benefits Fund-A-Need, the theater's scholarship program for young thespians in need of support.
"This fundraising event puts 'the show must go on' to the test," Robinson says. "Will they make it in time? How many people will play Elle? Will the whole audience learn to 'bend and snap?' Only one way to fine out -- come and join us."
Single tickets are $15. For info or to buy tickets, call the box office at Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham at 781-279-2200 or visit www.greaterbostonstage.org.
Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt @verizon.net.
On the marquee
BENEFIT CONCERT: Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road, hosts a benefit concert for the Merrimack Valley Watershed Council on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. The line-up features the Bamboo Streamers, Jamie Dunphy and True North, and Night's Blackbird. $10 suggested donation at the door. Visit www.chelmsfordarts.org.
AT NSMT: Recording artists, Broadway vets and "American Idol" finalists Constantine Maroulis and Diana DeGarmo star in "Jekyll & Hyde," a Gothic musical thriller, on stage at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly through Sunday, Oct. 7. Based on the classic tale by Robert Louis Stevenson, it tells the tale of Dr. Henry Jekyll, who accidentally creates a potion that changes him into a murderous alter-ego, Edward Hyde. It features book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and music by Frank Wildhorn. Tickets are $59-$84 at 978-232-7200 or www.nsmt.org.
TICKETS ON SALE: Tickets are on sale now for "School of Rock -- The Musical," created by Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on the 2003 hit movie. It plays the Boston Opera House, Feb. 12-24, with tickets starting at $44.50. Call Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787 or visit www.BroadwayInBoston.com. ... Tickets are also on sale for "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical," featuring Tony Award-nominated actor Gavin Lee. The limited holiday engagement plays the Boch Center Wang Theatre, Nov. 28-Dec. 9. Lee originated the role of Bert in "Mary Poppins" in London's West End, on Broadway and on the first national tour. "I am thrilled to step into the furry, stinky green shoes of the world's most beloved Christmas bad boy this holiday season," says Lee. For tickets, call 800-982-ARTS (2787) or visit www.Bochcenter.org.