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Her sorority sisters were so confident their president, Elle Woods, would soon hear a proposal of marriage ("Omigod, you guys!") from her boyfriend, Warner, they picked up a feathery pink pen and all signed a big, pink congratulations card.

Then Warner broke up with her instead, because she wasn't "serious" enough, and they suspected she'd be seriously upset.

"She's eating Milky Ways!" one exclaimed in horror.

"Tell me they're fun-size," another pleaded.

Before the plot of "Legally Blonde" progresses much further, the audience will realize Elle is a seriously determined woman.

She's going to study hard, win admittance to Harvard Law School aided by a cheer routine instead of an essay – OK, so maybe the show isn't completely serious – and try to win Warner back.

Along the way, "she definitely becomes a lot more independent, more confident and strong in herself," said Alyssa Golden, 16, of the Mountain Top area, who is relishing the lead role in Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre's production of the perky musical.

The story is one of empowerment, director Alice Y. Lyons said.

Elle starts out as "a typical rich valley girl with blonde hair and a fabulous figure. Most people only appreciate her for her body," Lyons said. "Then she realizes she's more than what she looks like."

As Elle achieves success in the worlds of law and love, she remains true to herself and to her fashion sense, which includes all sorts of fun-to-wear items, from pink ensembles to glittery stilettos and boots.

"She's definitely her own person," Lyons said.

And she realizes she doesn't have to change to please someone else, Golden said.

For this show, the human cast is supplemented by two canine characters. A bull dog named Rufus portrays the pet of Paulette the salon worker and, to play Elle's little dog, there's a tiny Chihuahua named Goliath.

"He's adorable," Golden said.

If you go

What: ‘Legally Blonde'

When: 8 p.m. tomorrow, 3 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Sept. 21-22 and 3 p.m. Sept. 23

Where: Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, 537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre

Tickets: $18

More info: 823-1875

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