|The (soon-to-be) legendary, lovely Victoria Valentino & Ariane Bellamar|
With two new actresses taking over both leading roles, we are working hard to get everything ready for next Thursday's opening night. Holly Woodlawn has promised to attend, as well as the play's inspiration, Alexis Del Lago. There may be more colorful costumes in the audience than there are on stage.
Marilyn's wig is being created as we speak. It will be made of human hair, which has been dipped in natural spring water and left to dry in the southern California sun (for a more natural look). Authenticity is our goal. Marlene will have a wood-cutting saw nearby, in case she feels inclined to entertain her guests.
Victoria Valentino is training for this part much as Mary Martin prepared for the role of Maria von Trapp. We've strapped weights to her feet so that she may lift them alternately, as she yodels, thereby increasing lung power. Never has an actress in Hollywood been more determined to practice her scales (and it's not even a musical).