Naselle drama club presents ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.’

<p>Jake Clark, middle left, and Emily Saari, middle right, join other cast members in Naselle High School's production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" for a musical number.</p>

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 Dillmount—Kayti Nelson

Jimmy Smith—Jayson Cooley

Mrs. Meers—Mary Wirkkala

Dorothy Brown—Shalin Wulf

Ching Ho—Tyler Verhulst

Bun Foo—Aaron Davall

Miss Flannery—Chloe Zimmerman

Hotel Priscilla Girls:

Gloria—Grace Zimmerman

Alice—Savannah Zimmerman

Rita—Abigail Bennett

Ruth—Emily Gjovik

Cora—Selah Wulf

Lucille—Emily Saari

Ethel Peas—Allison Todd

Mugger—Zach Thorsen

Restaurant Maître d’—Jake Clark

Male Modern—Cameron Burch

Young Moderns—Ellie Miller, Hannah Saari, Lilli Zimmerman & Emma Zimmerman

Cop—Kyler Wulf

Bun Foo & Ching Ho’s Mother—Deanna Gjovik

Behind the scenes:

Director—Barb Swanson

Vocal Coach—Kelsi Nelson

Choreographers—Abby Zimmerman, Patrick Lathrop, Emily Gjovik & Shalin Wulf

Set Designer—Amber Wirkkala

Costume Designer—Lorey Steppe

Lighting designer—Bill Coop

Follow-spot light—Bobby Saari

Sound Designer—Ron Baldwin

Sound Cue Assistant—Teresa Cooley

Make-up Designer—Heidi McClure

Make-up Coordinator—Cassie Van Dusen

Set Builders—Greg Nelson and Jim Moten

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