She speaks to thousands each day from the radio and television screens, and regularly hosts some of the biggest events on the corporate and charity circuit – but when it comes to stepping out of the wings and into the spotlight with Legally Blonde The Musical on Friday, Bianca Dye admits to plenty of nerves.
“It’s out of my comfort zone,” Ms Dye said, preparing for a dress rehearsal for the Moonglow Productions extravaganza at WIN Entertainment Centre.
“I thought I could pull off a few songs and a crazy hairdo, but there’s so much more than that.”
Ms Dye plays beautician Paulette in the stage adaptation of the smash Reese Witherspoon film. She is no stranger to performing, but when houselights dim on Friday, she will be doing something she hasn’t done since high school.
“I love singing, and I’ve happily been the one to perform at charity functions, but I haven’t been on stage in an ensemble in 20 years,” she said.
Ms Dye was spurred to audition after noticing a flaw in her actions. She tours the country speaking to young women about chasing dreams and having no fear, yet she was herself nervous about getting on stage.
“I felt like a hypocrite because I was scared. So I auditioned, and sort of put my foot in it when I got the role,” she laughed.
Famous friends have chipped in with advice, with model Erika Heynatz – who performed in a Sydney production of Legally Blonde – telling her to “suck on a button” to combat dry mouth, and Scott McRae offering to do vocal warm-ups.
For Ms Dye, however, it is just about proving a point to herself.
“The nerves are the excitement of it all. Apparently you get addicted to it,” she said.
“If I get through the weekend alive, I’d like to do another show and prove it wasn’t a fluke.”
Legally Blonde opens on Friday night, with afternoon and evening performances on Saturday.
Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.