|Laura Zenni as Margot with Bruiser Woods|
Laura Zenni, who plays the zany Margot, demands and commands your attention from the moment she sings the first verse of Omigod You Guys to open the show. In the Farmington Players’ production of Legally Blonde, the Musical, Margot is part of the Greek Chorus (including Taylor Alfano as Serena and Alisha Gellin as Pilar), who support Elle Woods (Heather Dolan) both as her UCLA sorority sisters and in her subconscious at Harvard.
Laura describes Margot as a “ditzy, highly energetic sorority girl. She is a little boy crazy and gullible, but a very loyal and kind-hearted friend.” Playing an enthusiastic sorority girl comes naturally to Laura, who sees Margot as “a flashback to my undergraduate years. I was an active member of my sorority Zeta Tau Alpha at Miami University in Ohio. I served on the executive board of my sorority and was very involved in every Greek activity on campus. My enthusiasm for my sorority was almost obnoxious, and I was even voted ‘most enthusiastic Zeta’ in my pledge class senior year.” While Laura is well cast as Margot, her biggest challenge to playing her is “not laughing on stage!!! I find laughter to be very contagious, so whenever I realize that people are laughing at my character, I have a heard time not laughing myself!”
Laura is a natural performer who went to the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati for high school … the same school that Nick Lachey, Carmen Electra, and Sarah Jessica Parker attended. While she used to perform five or more shows per year, Laura has been very focused on post-grad internships and graduate school the past four years, so she saw Legally Blonde both as an opportunity to start performing again and as a chance to make new friends: “I have not had the opportunity to make many close friends since moving up to Michigan. I knew that Legally Blonde was a show that required a lot of 20-something aged girls, so I figured this would be a great way to make some new friends! And I definitely have.” Laura just graduated with her masters in exercise physiology from Michigan State and she works as a registered dietitian to help middle school and high school students adopt healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors. Laura in engaged to Michigander Dave Brown.
The Farmington Players' production of Legally Blonde, the Musical is sponsored by TruVista Wealth Advisors. The show opened 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.