This week, I began working on Legally Blonde: The Musical for Boston Children’s Theatre’s Studio 4 summer program :] I could not feel any happier to be working on such an incredible production- not to mention with some of the most talented people I’ve ever met! From here on out, I’ll be blogging daily about the progress of the show, but since I didn’t blog at all this week, I’ll just do one cumulative post right now!
We began the week with auditions for placement: we are also doing Miss Saigon. Everyone sang 16 bars and then we were taught a dance combination and performed it in groups of five for the choreographer and directors. After that, we had lunch, and then we spent the rest of the day in callbacks. I was called back for the Delta Nu girls, Paulette, and Vivienne, as well as Ellen in Miss Saigon. If we’re being real, and I’m all about the reality, I did my best work in the Ellen callback. I knew I wasn’t going to get the part simply because I’m not right for it, but I had a lot of fun and I got to sing a beautiful song called Now That I’ve Seen her (check it out- it’s lovely!).
Day two, we were split into three classes and went to our different lessons. For me, it’s music, dance, and then acting. Then the cast list was posted and we were sent to our respective rehearsals. I was disappointed in my result, as I didn’t earn the part of Vivienne, Paulette, or any of the girls in Delta Nu. Or Ellen, for that matter, but that was no real surprise to me. It was a really rough day from then on, and when I got home, I just wanted to go to bed.
Day three was the 4th of July!!
Day four, yesterday, we went to our classes, learned a combination from Footloose, and began watching Out of Africa starring Meryl Streep. I had embraced my role in the ensemble and was happy to be in rehearsal and working on anything and everything I could. We worked with Jump Ropes for Whipped Into Shape- let me tell you: NOT an easy number. Not by a long shot! Omigod. Anyway, after that, I learned that I am going to be playing ENID :] So I am very happy with the result and I cannot wait to see costumes and block the scenes I am in, etc. I am very excited and glad to have a role.
Day five, TODAY, we had class where we were given our musical theatre scenes for the cabaret at the end of the program (we do cabaret performances after the shows) and I’m working with two lovely friends on The I Love You Song from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. I’m playing Olive (weird, since she’s like 10 years old and I’m the tallest person in history) so that’ll be fun! Today’s rehearsal was pretty much a review. There were auditions for Whipped Into Shape since only around 6 people are going to be able to do it on stage because of space. Then we reviewed the dances we learned on Tuesday and then we did a literal 3 hour music rehearsal. It’s awesome to hear the harmonies and to be working on them rather than listening. :]
I’m SO HAPPY to finally be involved in a performance process!!! And, since you guys don’t necessarily know me, you have no idea how much I love Legally Blonde. I’ve seen both movies a million times, I am quite literally off-book for the show itself, I saw the show twice on Broadway, once on tour, and once in Ogunquit, and I read the novel by Amanda Brown. I bet some of you didn’t even know there was a novel. No one working on my show did haha I can’t wait to update you guys in the next 4 weeks!! I PROMISE the next ones won’t be as long. But they will consistently be every day. AND if any of you are interested in seeing the show, let me know and I’ll post the information! It’s going to be really great- BCT is a preprofessional program, so we work with union leaders to put on professional-level shows.
Hope you all had a wonderful week!
Love and Hugs,