NASELLE The Naselle Drama Club under the direction of Barb Swanson will present the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. on May 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. in the school commons. Three very successful performances on May 3, 4 and 5 have already received rave reviews. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for students and can be paid at the door the nights of the performances. This is the 14th performance by the NHS drama club and artfully directed by Swanson.
Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. is a story of Millie Dillmount, who has arrived in New York City from Salina, Kan., in 1922. She is determined to make it in the big city, so bobs her hair, changes her fashion and joins the Moderns. This production is a real show stopper, with tap dancers, amazing vocal numbers and even an evil plot between Mrs. Meers, the hotel manager and her Chinese accomplices, Ching Ho and Bun Foo.
The play is based upon the 1967 movie that starred Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing and James Fox. The screenplay by Richard Morris focuses on a naive young woman who finds herself in the midst of a series of madcap adventures when she sets her sights on marrying her wealthy boss.
The soundtrack interpolates new tunes by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn with standard songs from the 1910s and 1920s, including Baby Face and Jazz Baby. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and five Golden Globes.
Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials supplied by Music Theatre International, New York, and is based on the book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan. New music was written by Jeanine Tesori and new lyrics were written by Scanlan.
Cast of Characters:
Millie DillmountKayti Nelson
Jimmy SmithJayson Cooley
Mrs. MeersMary Wirkkala
Dorothy BrownShalin Wulf
Ching HoTyler Verhulst
Bun FooAaron Davall
Miss FlanneryChloe Zimmerman
Hotel Priscilla Girls:
Ethel PeasAllison Todd
Restaurant Maître dJake Clark
Male ModernCameron Burch
Young ModernsEllie Miller, Hannah Saari, Lilli Zimmerman & Emma Zimmerman
Bun Foo & Ching Hos MotherDeanna Gjovik
Behind the scenes:
Vocal CoachKelsi Nelson
ChoreographersAbby Zimmerman, Patrick Lathrop, Emily Gjovik & Shalin Wulf
Set DesignerAmber Wirkkala
Costume DesignerLorey Steppe
Lighting designerBill Coop
Follow-spot lightBobby Saari
Sound DesignerRon Baldwin
Sound Cue AssistantTeresa Cooley
Make-up DesignerHeidi McClure
Make-up CoordinatorCassie Van Dusen
Set BuildersGreg Nelson and Jim Moten