The cast consists of 30 students, mostly from the choir or drama club, although any student who so desired could audition. Add the band and musical kids playing in the orchestra to that, along with some professionals from the community, and there’s a good portion of the high school involved.
Want to go?
WHAT: “Thoroughly Modern Millie”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 21-23 WHERE: Sandusky High School, 2130 Hayes Ave., Sandusky
COST: $6 for adults; $5 for seniors; $4 for students
Director Melanie Mork had her choir class watch the movie prior to auditions. For those who don’t remember, or don’t know, the movie boasts stars Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore and Carol Channing, to name a few.
Katie Boissoneault will be playing ingénue Miss Dorothy Brown. “I saw it before and it was funny and looked like fun,” said Boissoneault, who is looking forward to doing some ballroom dancing in the show. According to artistic director Karen Mears, the kids are loving the dance numbers. Choreographer Pamela Shirtz taught many of them how to tap and even incorporated some lifts, so expect a lot of talent on that stage.
"Thoroughly Modern Millie" has romance, dance, zany madcap adventures and villains. Lizzie Stewart has the coveted evil role of the kidnapping, villainous, Mrs. Meers, not to be confused with the shows artistic director, who didn’t seem evil. Stewart said, “you have to be a good actress to play a bad role.”
Speaking of acting challenges, the two boys playing Mrs. Meers’ henchman not only had to learn to speak some of their lines in Chinese, they had to learn to sing in Chinese as well. Now there’s dedication to the craft! Mears teased that the girls don’t seem to be quite as dedicated, they opted for wigs representing hairstyles from the 1920s rather than cut their hair short.
Dylan Tremaine who portrays fun, spontaneous Jimmy Smith said, “I love my character. He has a hidden depth to him. He’s not as shallow as he seems.” Tremaine, who is naturally afraid of heights, will also end up on a window ledge. Tremaine said, “come see the show!” It’s wacky.