Kaitlyn Kinney, Kennedie Coyne, Lexi Abelgore and Katie Salmansen have been involved with Quirk’s Players (the Fulton student theater group) for the majority of their high school career.
Now, after numerous productions, the four seniors will give their last performance in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” this March.
Community members may remember these girls from previous performances like “Curtains,” “Hello, Dolly” or “Damn Yankees.”
Out of all of their shows to date, the actresses agreed that “Curtains” was both the most challenging and the most rewarding.
Kinney said of the stress that occurred for that performance: “We had a lot of hardships. The week of the show we have what is called ‘hell week,’ which is where we rehearse until almost midnight every night. Right before show week, there were a lot of snow days and canceling of afterschool activities. We were at each other’s houses very early in the mornings running lines and running scenes.”
The workload and commitment is no less for “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” with much of the cast putting in more than 80 hours of rehearsal time during the month of January, six days a week.
“I think the biggest challenge of putting on a musical is probably the pressure. If you mess up, it is all on you. If you didn’t learn your lines, if you didn’t learn your song, if you didn’t show up for rehearsal, you can’t blame anyone else but yourself,” Salmansen said. “The time commitment is a big deal. I make this my number one priority; if you want to put on a good show, you have to be committed.”
According to Albelgore (who plays the lead role of “Millie”), ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ is about a girl from Kansas who wants a taste of the high life. So moves to New York City in 1922 with dreams of marrying wealthy. Her plans go awry when she meets the crooked owner of the hotel in which she stays (Mrs. Meers).”
The musical is based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film and has won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Kinney plays the role of “Muzzy Van Hossmere,” a popular entertainer of the decade, Coyne plays “Mrs. Meers,” the unlawful hotel owner and Salmansen plays “Miss Dorothy Brown,” the lead role’s best friend.
The girls said that the script is a “love story with a big twist.”
“This show is going to be exciting and different,” said Kinney. “Between the set, the music and the dance style, we have incorporated things that we have never done before.”
Some of the cast members have even taken dance lessons to improve their tap routines in the production.
“It’s a wonderful group and they always give their all,” said G. Ray Bodley theater director Tom Briggs. “I think the community will be proud.”
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” will premiere on March 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m., as well as March 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets will be sold at the door.
They are $8 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and children 12 and under.
For more information about Quirk’s Players, its history and the upcoming production, visit www.quirksplayers.com