Act3 Backstage Blog: 'Legally Blonde' Pooch Dishes on Rehearsals/Production

A continuing series featuring the canine stars of Act3 Production's upcoming Legally Blonde, the Musical. This feature is by Bailey Mitchell, who plays Bruiser


Well, I have been a part of the cast now for a few weeks, and I am starting to get the feel of live theater.  This Act3 bunch runs things like a well-oiled machine!  Everyone has a specific job, making the task of learing LOTS of music and choreography easier for us actors.  The schedule allows for me to study my character, Bruiser, and his relationship with Elle Woods throughout her journey.

There is one job that often gets forgotten or taken for granted: Stage Manager.  For me, though, I could not perform without the special attention I have received from one of our Stage Managers, Dawn Zachariah.  She is like a ninja!  She is silently and supportively EVERYWHERE at once!  She writes down our blocking, videos our choreography, reminds us who is in what number, manages the conflict schedule and, most importantly, holds me and pets me while my mom teaches dance. And, let me tell you, this keeps me from being jostled to death while mom hops around like crazy!

I have formed a special friendship and bond with this fine lady.  We have even discussed having me visit her canine companion, Watson. I have seen photos and will only consider this liaison after my next grooming. He is far too  handsome for me to show up scruffy!  But I digress,  back to the story at hand--how "above and beyond" the crew of Legally Blonde are willing to go.  Sure, I'm cute and fluffy, but dog-handling was clearly not in Dawn's job description!  However, as I mentioned in my first blog, Act3 is just a special place ful of special folks, which makes for one happy pup! Now, back to studying my lines!  Less than a month to showtime! (www.act3production.org for details)

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