TORRINGTON – “Cut your hair! Let them see how truly abandoned you are!”
The curtains open on Torrington High School Drama’s thoroughly modern take on a 1967 film and 2002 stage musical this Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the THS Auditorium, followed by additional showings at the same time on Friday and Saturday evenings.
“I chose ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ because the music is fun and upbeat, there are several great roles for men and women, and there are several students who have dance experience,” Director Erin Jespersen said. “This show has a lot of dance, and I wanted to be able to highlight the talent of the students.”
The production follows Salina, Kan., native Millie Dillmount’s experience in New York City in 1922, as she seeks a wealthy man to marry and assumes the flapper lifestyle. However, true love and a white slavery ring in China cause complications for Dillmount and her fellow cast mates.
“I think the audience will enjoy this show for the humor, the story line, and the music,” Jespersen said.
Students auditioned for roles before Christmas break and began rehearsing in January.
“It takes a huge commitment to put on a musical,” Jespersen added.
An official cast list is as follows: Millie Dillmount, Bailey Walker; Jimmy Smith, Dylan Flores; Miss Dorothy Brown, Emi Glass; Mr. Trevor Graydon, Kaden Wunibald; Mrs. Meers, Sydney Harris; Muzzy Van Hossmere, Kaylan Maez; Ruth, Ruby Ringrose; Gloria, Tabitha Douglass; Rita, Sera Glass; Alice, Bethany Wunibald; Cora, Tyne Stokes; Lucille, Tauna Wilkins; Ethel Peas/Mathilde, Trisha Cates; Ching Ho, Keaton Yung; Bun Foo, Joseph Phillips; Miss Flannery, Holly Kiiskinen; George Gershwin/Dexter, Brady Wilkes; Dorothy Parker/Daphne, Jenny Manus; Rodney/Policeman/Ensemble, Gabe Russell; Kenneth/Ensemble, Robert Hendricks.
“There is a lot of energy in this production,” Jespersen said. “And the kids have really enjoyed putting it all together.”