THERE were tears as the curtain came down on the final performance of Clydebank Musical Society’s (CMS) production of ‘Legally Blonde’.

The cast and crew had worked tirelessly for months to stage their own version of the popular musical which tells the story of Elle Woods, a Harvard Law School student.

CMS enjoyed an almost entirely sold-out run of shows at Clydebank Town Hall which started on Thursday, March 21 and ended on Saturday, March 23.

Kevin Rodgers, chairman at CMS, told the Post the group had even discussed selling restricted view tickets as demand was so high.

He said: “The feedback was unreal. The amount of people who were buying tickets at the last minute at the door was fantastic.

“We were even discussing putting out restricted tickets because it was getting a bit manic. That was exciting as we’ve not done that for quite a few years now.

“We had a representative from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) come along on the opening night who then spurred on one of the higher-up people for Scotland to come along later during the weekend.

“They sent us a brilliant review via email that night, they didn’t even wait until the next day it came through at half past eleven.

“I told the cast the next day and I think it just gave them an extra boost. Our social media was also going crazy.

“I think the popularity of the shows was due to its nature, everybody kind of loves it. It’s a feel-good show with lots of energy and I’m sure based on everybody’s reviews we did it justice.”

Each of the performances was put on by members of CMS’s adult section who had been rehearsing up to three times a week since the start of January.

The cast featured Isla Haddock as Elle Woods, Kevin himself as Emmett Richmond, Chris Laudie as Warner Huntington III, Iona McHugh as Paulette, Lewis Brown as Professor Callahan, Anna Haddock as Pilar, Nicole Anderson as Margot, and Tia Maloney as Serena.

Kevin explained that the production was so popular that former members returned to take part.

He added: “It was a great success, everybody loved it. The stage crew are all volunteers and they made the set along with Carolyn Anderson our artistic director.

“It was a huge team effort that pulled it all together. As chairman I was delighted, I was like the Cheshire Cat smiling ear to ear.

“It was tears all around. I was on stage with who I call my family and that meant a lot to me. The final bit at the very end, the final bow, there were tears.

“I’ve never experienced a cast like it, everybody worked together and were eager to do extra rehearsals.

“We all had the same vision as the creative team did. We even had old members coming back and seeing them after maybe ten or eleven years and just being on stage with them was incredible.

“The cast, crew, and creative team couldn’t have worked any harder. We at CMS strive to be as professional as possible and for an amateur group, I am delighted with what we brought together.

“Our audiences also deserve a special mention, if it wasn’t for them and their support we wouldn’t be able to do what we all love to do on stage.”