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September 6, 2012

Meet Allison Schnake, Starring as Brooke Wyndham in “Legally Blonde the Musical”

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 2:10 pm

Playing Brooke Wyndham will probably rank as one of my favorite and most challenging roles. Brooke’s energy and no-nonsense attitude have been so much fun to embody and I have loved playing such a powerful female character. But, of course, the most challenging part of this role is Brooke’s big number “Whipped Into Shape.” Several months ago, when I found out I’d been cast as Brooke, I immediately went to the nearest sporting goods store, bought a jump rope, and started practicing. I’ve spent countless hours on my driveway and in my garage jumping up and down and singing….I’m sure my neighbors were thrilled.

All of us who participate in that number made it a point to practice every chance we got. We would arrive 10 minutes early to rehearsal to get in a quick run through. We would use our breaks to practice double jumps. I’m sure all of us were jumping rope in our sleep! “Whipped Into Shape” takes laser-sharp focus and we’re all a little on edge every night until that number is finished. But all that hard work has really paid off and I’m so proud of how far all of us have come.




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