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El Dorado Musical Theatre makes case with 'Legally Blonde'

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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KNOW AND GO
What: “Legally Blonde: The Musical”
Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre
When:  Feb. 15-March 3, show times and days vary
Where:  Three Stages, 10 College Parkway, Folsom
Cost: $36-$18
Info:  threestages.net or edmt.info

The El Dorado Hills based El Dorado Musical Theatre (EDMT) is making its case for consistently taking top honors in regional theatrical awards with their latest offering, “Legally Blonde: The Musical.”

The cast and crew have been hard at work in this Encore Production.

Sue Maur, producer, said the show sports 44 actors ranging in age from 12 to 21. Maur is no stranger to EDMT.

“I’ve probably been involved in at least six shows as a parent coordinator or producer,” she said.

As an Encore Production, the actors were required to audition for parts. Most of the other shows put on by EDMT aren’t as rigid, with organizers finding a role for anyone who wants to be a part of the show until the cast is full.

“We started rehearsals in November,” Maur said. “We open Feb. 15, so it will probably be 10 weeks of rehearsals. … As an Encore show, everyone in it is selected by audition only.”

The show tests the dancing skills of the actors.

“It’s definitely some more fast-paced dancing and requires cast members to have dance abilities,” she said.

EDMT has put on shows set in Wonderland, on a cruise ship, in the 1950s and the imagination of Dr. Seuss. So, putting together a show set in the present day should be a breeze, or is it?

“It is going to be challenging to come up with costumes since it is contemporary,” Maur said. “Our costumer Christine Martorana has complete artistic vision over this (and) she has a very specific look. … The challenge is finding clothes that will work for the stage and represent today’s fashions. We don’t typically stock ‘present day’ costumes in our extensive costume shop.”

“Legally Blonde” has also cast two rescue dogs in the show.

According to Maur, the show is rated PG-13, so be warned when considering bringing young children.

Choreographer and director Debbie Wilson is doing some of the original Broadway choreography, Maur said.