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Experienced actor takes stage for 'Legally Blonde'

Cast members of "Legally Blonde" rehearse for the May 19 and 20 performances. Rae Yost/Stevens County Times

When Sadie Wendt walked into the audition for the Plays in Morris' production of the musical "Legally Blonde," she noticed the age of others who would audition.

"This one was a little different," Wendt said of the audition. "I was the only one over 18."

Wendt is a junior theater and communications major at the University of Minnesota Morris. Wendt is from the Twin Cities. She's been acting since she was a kid in various community theater and professional theaters including in productions at the Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis.

She likes musicals. UMM doesn't do many musicals. "I missed it...," she said of musicals.

Although she was reluctant to audition in Morris because she was the oldest person at auditions, she did. And she doesn't regret it.

"It's been really nice," Wendt said. "It's been different because even in the Minneapolis Children's Theater I'm working with a variety of ages from 6 to 50 to 60 years old."

The age of "Legallly Blonde" cast members ranges from junior high to high school age.

The rehearsal schedule for "Legally Blonde" is also different than what she is accustomed to. Plays in the Twin Cities productions usually required 10-hour rehearsals on weekdays and weekends which are much longer than the two rehearsal times held two days of the week in Morris.

Wendt is the lead character Elle Woods. Woods is blonde and presents as less than bright but is accepted to law school at Harvard. Her boyfriend also attends law school at Harvard. The character is a contrast to her own personality.

She's not blonde. "I'm pretty tomboyish," Wendt said. While her character wears heels, Wendt is more likely to wear sneakers.

The character is well known because of the popularity of the movies "Legally Blonde" and "Legally Blonde 2" and the musical which came out several years after the movies.

While Wendt may be playing a character different from herself, cast member Abigail Malek said Wendt is doing well and "has a good singing voice."

The musical is similar to the movie so those who've not seen the musical will recognize scenes, cast members said.

Although Wendt is the only non-junior high or high school-aged member in the cast, high school cast member Judah Malek said the production has a different feel than a high school play or musical.

Rehearsals are more difficult to schedule, Judah Malek said.

Both Wendt and Judah Malek said they'd like to see more community involvement in future Plays in Morris productions.

Wendt said she learned too late that some of her college friends would have been willing to audition.

"It would be awesome to build it up more," Wendt said of community involvement.

"Legally Blonde" will play at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, and at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at at Morris Area High School. Tickets are $5 per person.

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