Rosa Snyder, 14 years old, has been a student at Stagelight Performing Arts for over two years. Rosa currently takes three hours of ballet per week at Stagelight. She recently played the exciting lead role in Legally Blonde at her school: Elle Woods! We caught up with Rosa to find out more about her role as Elle.
SPA: Tell me about your process in becoming Elle Woods. Did you do anything special to portray her?
RS: When I was younger I would watch Legally Blonde on repeat. When my school announced we were doing Legally Blonde for our Spring Musical, I immediately started listening to the soundtrack again and looked up Legally Blonde on YouTube. I watched multiple performances of different people portraying Elle, and I kind of combined all the different aspects. My teachers also made me and my classmates do different assignments on character analysis to help bring our roles to life.
SPA: What was your favorite part about playing Elle?
RS: I loved every minute of being Elle. I loved being able to play such a fun character and growing such a bond with my cast members. I couldn’t tell you my favorite part because I enjoyed all of it… well, except for taking off the mic tape at the end of each show.
SPA: How did your training at Stagelight prepare you for this role?
RS: I took two privates with Ms. Darleen and she helped me with vocal control and helped me learn that if I tried to belt every single note I would have blown out my voice. Ms. Danielle helped teach me that the little moments in a show matter. If I had just gone onstage and said my lines then walked offstage, it would not have been a very enjoyable show to watch!
Well done, Rosa! We are so proud of you!