Marcellus Senior High School presented the 2011 All School Show, "Thoroughly Modern Millie," on March 4 and 5 in Groeling Auditorium.
The exceptional talents of student actors were augmented by the newly renovated Groeling Auditorium setting, complete with a new lighting and sound system, a new scenery fly system and new seating. The musical, which first opened on Broadway in April 2002, was directed by Kevin Shumway with assistance from vocal director Brian Ackles, choreographer Kristie King, costume director Barbara Toman, technical director Terry Hoey and pit orchestra director Michael Cirmo.
Based on 1967 film written by Richard Morris, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" follows the exploits of Millie Dillmount, a small town Kansas girl, who arrives in New York in 1922 intent on achieving the modern girl's dream of snagging a job and then marrying her wealthy boss. Complications arise when she meets Jimmy, a happy-go-lucky young man with looks and charm, but apparently not the bank balance she expects in her potential mate.
Along with a considerable amount of humor and mayhem, the talented student cast filled the stage with musical exuberance, exciting dance numbers, colorful period perfect costume and a creative set as they took the audience on a theatrical journey through New York City in the 1920s. The onstage performance was supported by a live pit orchestra of student and professional musicians and a student stage crew that kept thing moving right along.
Of particular note was the main backdrop, which was inspired by Jan Matulka's painting, "New York Harbor." The backdrop was painted for the Marcellus production by students Kyle Winks, Colleen Linn and Chad Johnson.