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El Dorado Musical Theatre actors delve into roles just weeks after finishing previous show

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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Coming off a successful run for “Legally Blonde” in February and March, dozens of local actors found themselves immersed in new roles and parts for the April opening of El Dorado Musical Theatre’s spring show.

Andrew Wilson, 17, starring as J. Peirrepont Finch in the Wickets Cast of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” said it was a welcome challenge.

“It was a large ‘book,’” he said, referring to the script. “When we did ‘Grease,’ it was half the size of this one.”

It was half the size with much more rehearsal time. This go-round, they had a mere six weeks to get the new show up and running, from costumes to sets to rehearsals and dance routines. The show opened Friday night at Three Stages in Folsom.

Rick Wilson, CEO of El Dorado Musical Theatre (and father to actor Andrew), said they went from a wrap party for “Legally Blonde” to starting rehearsals the following day.

“Debbie Wilson (the director and choreographer) never tells the kids they can’t do something,” he said. Debbie is Rick’s sister.

Alex Levy, 19 and a Folsom Lake College student, said it was exciting. He played JB Biggley.

“I was in the ensemble cast in ‘Legally Blonde’ and this was almost more of a lead role,” he said. “Many of us are planning to continue with musical theatre when we’re in college.”

For 17-year-old Julia Adams, an Oak Ridge High School student, the role of love interest Rosemary Pilkington was perfect.

“I was a sorority girl in ‘Blonde,’ so this was different to be an early 1960s woman who is looking to get married,” she said. “It’s a very different role from what I did (in the last show).”

Kaileen Teter bids adieu to EDMT with this production. Teter, 21 and a Folsom Lake College student, is “aging out” of the youth troupe. “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” marks her 18th EDMT production.

“I’ve had a lot of fun,” she said. “This was a great activity to be involved in growing up. Also, in this show, it’s completely different from what I did before. In the last show I was (serious) and in this one I get to be free and just cut loose.”

She plays ditzy blonde Hedy Larue, a curvaceous lass with an appetite for powerful men.

The show is running through May 5 at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. For tickets and show times, visit threestages.net.