Elle of a role for Kate

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as Elle Woods in the Academy’s ma­jor mid-year mu­si­cal, Legally Blonde, at Re­gal Theatre from June 13 to 20.

“I’ve been lis­ten­ing to all the songs ever since the mu­si­cal came out,” Thomas said.

“I was ab­so­lutely ec­static when I ini­tially heard we were do­ing the show and then when I man­aged to get the role of Elle, I was ex­tremely ex­cited and hum­bled. “It’s a big un­der­tak­ing.” It will be the first time the mu­si­cal, based on the novel by Amanda Brown and film star­ring Reese Wither­spoon, has been staged in Perth, although Thomas shares the hon­our of play­ing Elle with WAAPA alumni Lucy Du­rack, who per­formed in the east coast pro­duc­tion.

The sea­son fea­tures 36 cast mem­bers from across Perth, in ad­di­tion to the orches­tra, crew, cos­tume de­sign­ers and rest of WAAPA’s tal­ent, who will present the big­gest pro­duc­tion of their year.

Thomas said the sto­ry­line fol­lowed that of the film, with the trans­for­ma­tion of Woods from Har­vard law stu­dent to lawyer, but many of the char­ac­ters – in­clud­ing Em­mett and Paulette – had been fleshed-out for the au­di­ence.

“It’s an up­beat, high-en­ergy show with lots of laughs but also has a lot of heart to it,” she said.

“Elle is such a beau­ti­ful char­ac­ter to play.

“She is very mis­un­der­stood and just needed peo­ple to sup­port her to reach her full po­ten­tial.

“She’s a very bright girl but peo­ple hadn’t given her the chance to shine.”

Thomas be­gan danc­ing at age five be­fore adding singing to her tal­ent pool at the start of high school, where she played a young Cosette in Les Mis­er­ables.

As she pre­pares for grad­u­a­tion at the end of the year, the 21-yearold said her cur­rent role was pro­vid­ing her great ex­po­sure.

“Just hav­ing this ex­pe­ri­ence has en­riched my skills and given me so much more con­fi­dence for the endof-year show­case,” Thomas said.

“Hope­fully it will help me stand out.”

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