Elle Woods storms Buford Community Center


• What: “Legally Blonde: The Musical”

• When: 8 p.m. today, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Buford Community Center Theatre, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford

• Cost: $16 to $25

• For more information: Visit www.bufordcommuni...

BUFORD -- The Red Phoenix Theatre Company presents the perky -- and fashionably pink -- Elle Woods as she takes stage today and Saturday in "Legally Blonde: The Musical" at the Buford Community Center.

"It's such an incredible show. We've done a lot of very serious and intense shows -- this is one of those that we present and is so much fun," said co-director Stephanie McDonald. "The play is really about transformation and that's what our company is about."

The Red Phoenix, which produces both professional and youth theater, was created in 2010 by Anna Bragg, Eric Bragg and McDonald. Now that the Buford Community center has opened, the young company has an opportunity to perform more often as its homebase.

"We all live in Buford, so when they started building the community, we were excited to have a theater in the city we live in," McDonald said. "(The center's director) Todd Cleveland showed us around the theater and we immediately told him we wanted to perform here. This weekend, we will."

While this is one of the theater's first productions on the Buford stage, this is the Red Phoenix's first full-length performance.

"It's our first full show. We usually do shorter shows and junior shows," McDonald said. "Our biggest thing about our company is to be as educational as possible. As our children get older, we want the material to be better and better."

So the three founders decided on "Legally Blonde" for its humor, music and lessons.

"The story is about transformation and learning to become something better, find something better in yourself," McDonald said. "Elle starts out just as the blonde who only wants to have fun, get married and do what she wants."

The bubbly main character decides she wants to be more than a rich man's wife, applies for Harvard Law School and turns the school upside down.

"There is no one in the beginning who thinks Elle can (go to Harvard) but she pushes through."