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Backstage Blog--Playing Rufus the Dog in "Legally Blonde" at Act3 Playhouse

The canine stars of Act3 Production's Legally Blonde, the Musical provide a peek backstage at Sandy Springs own theater.

By Sparty Peck

When the Zipper Theatre in NYC closed its doors in 2010, I decided it was time to hang up my dancing shoes, but a recent call from director Patti Mactas has pulled me from my retirement. 

She is mounting a production of "Legally Blonde, the Musical" on "Broadway" in Sandy Springs--Act3 Playhouse. 

I am to play the lead role of Rufus Buonufonte. I understand this musical to be a heartwarming tale about a dog from a broken home who is forced to make the best of life with his father from the wrong side of the tracks until he is once again united with his beloved mother. 

I have been waiting for quite a while for a role as juicy as this one to come my way and I am ready to rise to the occasion. In what I can only imagine was a grand gesture to me, Mrs. Mactas was kind enough to cast my roommates, Michelle and Chris, in minor supporting roles.

Upon arrival at my first rehearsal, I was greeted by a bevy of beautiful starlets who swept me off my feet and petted me lavishly. Perhaps my reputation precedes me!  It also appears they have arranged a promising young assistant, by the name or Daniel Pino, to follow me around and take care of my every need.  Daniel is an eager young chap who was more than happy to carry this old dog around when my bad hip got tired. I very much like the cut of his jib!

There wasn't much work for me at this particular rehearsal. I did bound into the room and lend some dance expertise to an upbeat ditty called "Whipped into Shape." Perhaps we will delve more into Rufus at our next rehearsal. 

During a break, I devoted some time to thinking about my character development. What motivates him? I was on the verge of some interesting discoveries when I was certain someone said, "Beggin Strips!" and I got distracted. There is always next time.

Oh how wonderful to be back on the Great White Way...by way of Sandy Springs!

Stay tuned for more confidential backstage blogs from me and my co-star Bailey!

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