2007 - 2008
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Set in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie brings to life the adventures of Millie Dillmount, a young woman who escapes to New York City from Salina, Kansas, determined to marry her wealthy boss - whoever he may be. Shedding her naïve country girl image for the modern look of a 'flapper', she takes a room at the Hotel Priscilla for Women and lands a job as a stenographer at the Sincere Trust Insurance Company. In short order, she finds herself involved with Jimmy Smith, a sweet but apparently ne'er-do-well paper clip salesman, Miss Dorothy Brown, a genteel aspiring actress who never seems to have spare change, Trevor Graydon, her no-nonsense boss and Muzzy van Hossmere, a madcap celebrity heiress with a zest for the high life.
The Priscilla proves to be a front for a white slavery ring, headed by Mrs. Meers, the proprietor, and her two henchmen, Ching Ho and Bun Foo. Her ideal kidnapping targets are attractive female tenants with no family who won't be missed when they suddenly disappear. Millie, who gets mail from home on a regular basis, is hardly a likely candidate, but Miss Dorothy, who hasn't a soul in the world, is perfect. "Sad to be all alone in the world," Mrs. Meers says to new hotel residents when she finds out that they are, indeed, alone in the world.
Millie puts two-and-two together and realizes what is going on. She devises a harebrained scheme to save her new-found friend from the clutches of the while slavers before Miss Dorothy is shipped off to the Far East. Thoroughly Modern Millie is a wonderful fairy tale of the Roaring Twenties - complete with villains, mistaken identities, misadventures galore and of course, a happy ending.
Artistic Director: Debbie Miller
Musical Director: Brian Boggs
Choreographer: Andrew Wiseman