Swindon's Frankie Le Bon is excited to be playing the wannabe legal eagle, with a passion for pink, in the comedy Legally Blonde.

Frankie is the new girl in the SALOS stable and she will be tackling the part of Elle Brooks, played in the film by Reese Witherspoon, and taking on the challenge of portraying the prom queen with brains.

This will be the first time the Broadway musical has been performed in Swindon and the cast of 30, plus two dogs, will be under the direction of Russell Langdon, assisted by Sandra Gilbert.

The two canine characters are Elle's chihauhau Bruiser played by Hamish, and an English bulldog called Vera, who pays Rufus.

Russell said: “It is amazing how many musicals are written with characters for our four-legged friends! Last year we searched for a dog to play Toto in our production of Wizard of Oz and were delighted to have Indy perform. Previous to that we had Mack from Janet’s Puppy Skool who played Sandy in the 2012 production of Annie. Dogs who perform with SALOS are always well looked after and we think carefully about how to introduce them to the cast and to our rehearsals venues…… they always get their own special rehearsal in the theatre by themselves to make sure they are happy!

"Vera and Hamish seem to be very happy in rehearsals with the cast.”

Two more new actor/singers have joined SALOS in this production, Jamie Everley and Felicity Coster, performing alongside veteran Swindon actors James Canning, Jill Carter and Christopher King in the principal roles.

Russell said: "The cast have been having so much fun with this show, which really is like nothing that SALOS has ever produced before! There are high-energy musical numbers one after the other - including one where the cast have to skip - and the script really is very funny!''

The story is based on party girl Elle who is dumped by her boyfriend for a more serious girlfriend. Proving that being girly does not mean being dumb, Elle sets her sights on winning him back by gaining a place at Harvard Law School, where she and Bruiser have many hilarious adventures.

SALOS has a 12-piece band accompanying the singers under the musical direction of Malcolm Webb and the choreography is in the safe hands of Gemma Short, while Sarah Wrixon keeps a strict eye on the technical lighting and effects.

Tickets to see Legally Blonde, that runs from Wednesday, October 18 to Sunday, October 22 including a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday and Sunday, are available from 01793 524481 or visit www.swindontheatres.co.uk - Flicky Harrison