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Leading ladies take stage in ‘42nd Street’ at Folsom’s Three Stages

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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For a pair of local lasses, the latest show put on by El Dorado Musical Theatre (EDMT) is their last one sharing the stage together. Following a Sunday afternoon performance at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, Carly Speno and Katherine Sorgea were busy signing autographs for fans. They are appearing together in “42nd Street.” Six years ago, the show was the first one for Sorgea. Coming full circle, “42nd Street” marks her last show with EDMT. She’ll be passing the baton on to other leading ladies such as her best friend, Speno, and Helen Regula. “(This) was my first show six years ago,” Sorgea said. “It’s crazy to think about. It’s been the best experience of my life and I’ve learned so much.” Speno, a 17-year-old student at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, said she’s going to miss her friend. “It’s really sad because we’re really good friends and we’ve done a lot of shows together,” she said. “This is my 29th show with EDMT. I’ve done it since I was 7.” The play features a lot of dance, particularly tap dancing, and Speno was up for the challenge. “It’s a lot different from anything I’ve ever done before,” she said. “There is a lot of tap but I’ve been tapping since I was 9.” Sorgea said the reality of doing EDMT shows has yet to hit. “I’m going to miss everyone,” said the 21-year-old Folsom Lake College student. “I’m going to miss being able to perform with my family (her 18-year-old brother Stefan is also in the show) and friends. It’s just starting to sink in that I’m not going to be doing this anymore.” What are Sorgea’s future plans? “I’m excited to be able to watch (the shows) now,” she said. “I want to do some community theater and audition locally.” She said her favorite roles have been Eponine in “Les Miserables” and Polly in “Crazy for You.” Richard Wilson, CEO of El Dorado Musical Theatre, said the current show has been well received. “The people have really loved the show,” he said. “From the first two minutes, people are amazed. It’s pretty spectacular. People are surprised, saying ‘This isn’t youth theater.’” For more on the show, visit threestages.net. It runs through March 4.