FULTON – Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School is proud to announce that it will present the fun Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Performances are scheduled for March 5, 6 and 7 in the Bodley H.S. Auditorium.
Curtain time is set for 7:30 each evening.
Additionally there will be a 2 p.m. matinee on March 7.
Tickets will be available at the door.
Thoroughly Modern Millie opened at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway on April 18, 2002, and became an instant success.
Based on the 1967 film of the same name, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love – a thoroughly modern aim in 1922 when women were just entering the workforce.
Millie soon begins to take delight in the flapper lifestyle, but problems arise when she checks into a hotel owned by an unscrupulous woman who leads a secret criminal life.
The production received rave reviews when it opened on Broadway and earned six Tony Awards during the 2002 season including Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations and Best Costume Design.
When Thoroughly Modern Millie completed an out of town run, casting changes occurred as the production moved to Broadway.
Sutton Foster was picked from the chorus to assume the role of Millie Dillmount.
She received amazing reviews, earned a Tony Award for her performance and became a Broadway star.
Veteran actress Harriett Harris, who appeared in numerous Broadway productions and on television in Frasier and Desparate Housewives, was cast in the role of the evil Mrs. Meers, operator of the Hotel Priscilla.
Harris also won a Tony Award for her performance and contributed to the success of the musical.
Following a strong run on Broadway, Thoroughly Modern Millie played in London, Canada, Hong Kong and Sydney.
It also had successful tours throughout the United States as well as the United Kingdom.
With music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Dick Scanlan, and a book by Richard Morris and Scanlan, the production features a score that includes such memorable numbers as “Not For the Life of Me,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “How The Other Half Lives,” “The Speed Test,” “They Don’t Know,” “Only In New York,” “What Do I Need With Love,” “Forget About the Boy,” and “Gimme, Gimme” to name a few.
Starring in GRB’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie is senior Lexi Abelgore as Millie Dillmount.
David Houck, a sophomore at Bodley, will play the carefree Jimmy Smith who meets Millie when she arrives in New York City.
Kennedie Coyne will portray Mrs. Meers. Her Chinese sidekicks, Ching Ho and Bun Foo, will be played by Michael Mankiewicz and Markus Harter respectively.
Millie’s boss, Trevor Graydon, will be played by Jeremy Herlowski.
The role of Miss Dorothy Brown will be performed by Katie Salmonsen.
Senior Kaitlyn Kinney will appear as the glamorous Muzzzy Van Hossmere.
Senior Alexandra LaRock will be the comical office manager Miss Flannery.
Members of the ensemble will appear as residents of New York City, employees at Sincere Trust, Muzzy’s Boys, nightclub guests and other character roles.
The ensemble includes Gina Babcock, Justice Carvey, Marshall Carvey, Briana Coakley, Jenna Coakley, Julie Duval, Victoria Eckhard, Abby Field, Sarah Fisch, Emilio Garcia, Michael Gerth, Raiden Hansen, Emma Harvey, Stephen Heywood, Kayleigh Hotaling, Lena Kimball, Jacqueline Knoblock, Pia Künckeler, Arthur Lincoln, Genesis Loetterle, Caitlyn McAfee, Tim McAfee, Ben McKay, Antiona Neidhardt, Erica Perwitz, Alexis Phelps, Bayley Raponi, Ean Stevenson, Grace Trepasso, Zachary Vaccaro and Brandon Webb.
Quirk’s Players’ production of Thoroughly Modern Millie is under the direction of Tom Briggs, theatre director at G. Ray Bodley High School and faculty advisor to Quirk’s Players.
Thomas Nami, a member of the GRB Music Department, is music director and will conduct the pit orchestra.
Rob Lescarbeau, an English teacher at Bodley, is the assistant director and will serve as technical director/stage manager.
Dances are being choreographed by Doreen Forbes, a teaching assistant at James E. Lanigan Elementary School.
Costumes are being designed by Debbie Ritchey of CNY Costumes.
Karen Procopio will coordinate/design wigs and hair pieces for the production.
Quirk’s Players is the student theatre troupe at G. Ray Bodley High School.
Named in memory of William Quirk, a long-time English teacher at both Fulton High School and G. Ray Bodley High School, the organization presents two main productions a year and participates in at least one annual high school drama festival.
This fall Quirk’s Players presented the fun comic play The Pink Panther Strikes Again and the entertaining murder mystery Broadway musical Curtains last spring.
For more information about Quirk’s Players, its history and upcoming production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, visit their website: www.quirksplayers.com