Hannah Rose DeFlumeri knows she’s talented, and she is very aware that she is a lucky girl.
And she can thank YouTube for her initial success.
Just out of high school, 18-year-old DeFlumeri is traveling with the road company of “Legally Blonde,” which is coming to the RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre Tuesday-Wednesday.
“I’m very, very fortunate,” DeFlumeri said. “I had put my performances on YouTube for years, just trying to break into the business, but nothing substantial came out of it. In high school, I did ‘Gypsy.’ ”
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That particular video of DeFlumeri playing Mama Rose got lots of attention, including from a casting director, who asked her to audition for the role of Vivienne in “Legally Blonde.”
“Legally Blonde” is based on the Reese Witherspoon movie about Elle Woods, a spoiled California rich girl who is dumped by her boyfriend. She goes to Harvard Law School to try to get him back. But her ex-boyfriend has a new girlfriend, Vivienne.
“Vivienne is very blueblood,” DeFlumeri said. “I wouldn’t call her a snob, but she feels very entitled to everything because she works very hard. She’s kind of the (villian), but she’s not mean. The director and I worked hard to make her not mean.
“The show is fantastic. Everyone has been very nice. They’re introducing me to tour life.”
Since it’s her first show as a professional, DeFlumeri is learning a lot, including doing laundry whenever she gets the opportunity. Otherwise, she would be lamenting the fact that she’s running out of clean clothes, like she was doing last week.
A big fan of the movie
She’s been a big fan of the movie, and has seen is many times.
“I’m a bigger fan of the musical,” she said. “I saw it in high school.”
DeFlumeri says she’s always known what career she’d pursue. “I was supposed to study musical theater at Ithaca College,” but she was cast in the show.
She said she can always go back to school, but this opportunity would not always be there.
Rehearsals began Aug. 16, and the first show was Sept. 9. Her contract runs through May 2011.
DeFlumeri’s mother, aunt and youngest sister have seen her in the show. Her father and older sister have yet to see it.
Her two best friends from high school plan see the show before Christmas in Lowell, Mass.
At 18, she’s living her dream. She has some advice for young actors:
“Honestly, it sounds like a cliche, but always give 100 percent. Always do everything the best that you can. You never know who’s watching. If you don’t keep trying, you won’t get better.
“I feel very lucky.”