|Donna Wolbers bring out her fierce side as the mean girl in Blonde|
One of the great things about acting is that you get to step outside of yourself and become a character that may be totally unlike you or even your complete opposite. When Donna Wolbers auditioned for Legally Blonde, the Musical, she tapped into her natural perkiness: “I figured I could pass as a sorority girl. I tried to be especially bubbly and cutesy during the audition, shooting for a sorority sister part.” But to her own surprise, she was cast as “all the non-lead mean girls; namely Courtney, Whitney and my most notable character, Chutney. I was surprised to discover my roles as I am enjoying bringing out my inner mean girl. She doesn't come out often but the audience will get the pleasure of seeing her. Hopefully no one gets hurt!”
As you may recall from the movie, Chutney is the key witness in the Brooke Wyndham murder trial. Her hair literally stands out (think “totally tragic perm”) as a major part of her character. Chutney is sarcastic, snarky and impatient with Elle Woods during her cross-examination. Donna says, “I've experienced specific challenges with each character,” but with Chutney, “I've really had to step out of the box for that role!”
Donna has had to stretch herself and step outside her own comfort zone in Legally Blonde. She jokes, “Me getting into a musical is actually comparable to Elle getting into Harvard! I hope I fare as well as she does!” But on a more serious note, Donna compares Elle’s journey to her own self-discovery: “Elle tried something completely new (admittedly for the wrong reasons) and found out that she is so much more than she realized. A few years back I left my teaching degree behind to experience life in the medical field. While it was completely foreign to me (I used to get sick when my brother got shots), I love the field and am constantly encouraged to work towards my dream of becoming a Physician Assistant. I never knew how much I love to learn about how we work and can't wait see what else I learn about myself.”
Donna is a big fan of local theater, and of this cast and crew she says, “I've seen many shows featuring many of these people and I almost feel like I'm working with local celebrities! Also, everyone is so talented, I'm definitely learning a lot from working with them!” She is married to Jason, her high school sweetheart, and is excited to become an aunt (her brother and sister-in-law are expecting a baby soon).
The Farmington Players' production of Legally Blonde, the Musical is sponsored by TruVista Wealth Advisors. The show opens April 26 and runs through May 18. Tickets can be purchased online at www.farmingtonplayers.org or by calling the box office at 248-553-2955.