The high School’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie is just days away. The high school auditorium floors are echoing with the tap shoes of this year’s feature dancers and the soft shoe shuffle of the chorus.
Part of the appeal of the show is the delightfully stylized musical numbers. The title song is a Charleston; the large cast is on stage and living in the 1920’s. Members of the ensemble include: Samira Amin, Jason Bogue, Shannon Boreali, Emily Dauphin, Katarina Eickel, Sara Fiedler, Hillary Figler, Rebecca Gasiorek, Tom Gilewicz, Taylor Kozlowski, Carly Kruszona, Becky Masse, Jessica Pierce, Kyle Pletcher, Tom Rall, Merle Schmid, Emily Sommer, Jessica Spencer, Rachel Surdi and Bridget Thompson.
The Speed Test is a memorable song sung in “Patter Style” a la Gilbert and Sullivan. The Millie twist to the song is a lively tap break in the middle of the song. On stage dancing are Alyssa Accardo, Laura Dolan, Jenna DelSignore, Carson Filips, Mads Goc, Kristy Knockerbocker, Kallan McMillan, Shannon McNaughton, Andrea Nicolia, Alexandra Seibert and AmyJo VeRost. Two songs, Long as I’m Here with You and The Nutty Cracker Suite are reminiscent of old time radio with back- up singers. Students Nick Kelly, James Bobak, Jake Dixon, Keelan Erhard, Alex Howard, Dan Konopski, Josh Little, Jon LoTempio, Dan Olszewski, Ben Purrington, Noah Rothberg and Adam Stoddard make up Muzzy’s Boys and the Male Moderns. Radio denizens, Shelby Bailes, Lydia Benatovicz, Kaleigh Cleveland, Alison Donahue, Brianna Guagliano, Kourtney Hoppel, Mary Kneer, Samantha Pangborn, Ashley Serianni, Katie Turner, Jodie White and Kim Yaeger open the Nuttycracker Suite .
Every ensemble number relies on the vocal talent of the Female Moderns. They include Sarah Dolan, Spencer Seese, Aria Yanicki, Jenna Cardone, Lizzie Davis, Amanda Heftka, Casey Jelonek, Grace Kulikowski, Hayley Metro, Ashley Rutland, Lorie Scherrer and Katherine Studley.
The show will open Thursday, February 4 at 7:30 pm. Subsequent shows include Friday, February 5 at 7:30 pm; Senior citizens will be admitted free to this show with senior ID. Thoroughly Modern Millie will conclude with a Saturday evening performance at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be ordered in advance by calling the high school at 773-8820 ext 3007. Or contacting Carolynlokken@ k12.ginet.org General admission for the evening shows is $8.00. A special three show pass can be purchased for $20.00.
Grand Island Senior High School students are busy behind on stage preparing for the opening of Thoroughly Modern Millie. The three performances are Thursday, February 4; Friday, February 5; Saturday, February 6 at 7:30 pm. in the High School Auditorium
Thoroughly Modern Millie revolves around the character Millie Dillmount (Kara Dudley), who arrives in the big city to stake her claim on a job and a rich husband. She sets her sights on her boss Trevor Graydon (Luke Burkhart), the head of Sincere Trust Company. Office manager, Miss Flannery (Lauren Fonte), does her best to scrutinize Millie’s every move. Millie is staying at the Hotel Pricilla run by Mrs Meers (Kacey Sumner), a Broadway has been. Mrs Meers takes in young unsuspecting actresses and with the aid of her henchmen, Ching Ho and Bun Fo (Alex Re and Anthony Grande), kidnaps the girls and send them to Hong Kong. The plots intertwine when Miss Dorothy (Tara Hook) falls in love with Millie’s boss; a young paper clip salesman, Jimmie (Kearney Erhard), falls in love with Millie and Miss Dorothy disappears. It takes the scheming of Muzzy Van Hossmere (Renee Doermer) to untwist the plot and smooth out the romantic misunderstandings.
There are nearly ninety students on stage for this production. The show is sure to please with music right out of the roaring 20’s. Tickets are now available from all cast members or can be reserved through the High School Music Department at 773-8820 ext. 3007. There is a charge of $8 for General Admission and a special three show pass is available $20.