Check out the blog below from our very own Elle Woods, Vera Brown in our upcoming production, Legally Blonde Jr.! Thank you Vera for taking the time to share with us what your experience working with Laura Bell Bundy was like when she visited SDP!
February 20, I started my day so nervous that I was sweating profusely and my legs were bouncing so intensely the table beneath me shook. The cast of Legally Blonde and I were about to meet Laura Bell Bundy, not only an extremely talented woman to whom I have looked up to for years but also the woman who originated the role of Elle Woods on Broadway. This in itself made me so excited and scared at the same time that an almost surreal feeling overtook me. I got cast as Elle and now I’m meeting the original Elle? It doesn’t get much better than that.
I knew I had to keep my cool, but when she entered the building through that back door and came into the dressing room my inner fangirl was shaking, screaming, and hyperventilating. I was so excited that I was having a hard time staying calm. I was so scared I would say something weird or wrong and she would get sick of me - which is an irrational fear but one I sure did have that day.
I don’t know what I was expecting when she came in the theatre to talk I always think of famous people as uppity but she was so down to earth and it was quite relieving. This only made my admiration for her grow. It was an incredible experience to get to talk to her about the show and be myself I’m pretty sure if she hadn’t seemed so nice before she even talked I would have been too terrified to engage in conversation, but she was so easy to talk to and doing character work with her was amazing. She helped me think about things in my character that I hadn’t ever considered before.
She really went in depth with what was in the script, what we did on stage, and why we did it. She really helped me grow in connecting my actions on stage to my inner feelings, we took the time to analyze the script and the words we were singing and why we walked across stage at this moment and why we hugged at that moment. It was such an eye opening moment and I will definitely carry it with me in theatre and in my personal life in the future.
My favorite moment of the entire night though, was when she told me she was proud of me after we performed “So Much Better.” I couldn’t believe someone so talented thought that I was good enough for her to compliment and I had to take a moment to tell myself, “This is real.” I was so nervous performing for her but that feeling subsided and I was soon way more excited than nervous to show her what we’d done because she was so supportive and you could tell she wanted us to succeed and do the best we could do. She taught me so much and helped me grow a lot on the short time we had with her and I am so grateful that we got the opportunity to work with her, I will definitely cherish this night for the rest of my life.