Hudson High School's Thoroughly Modern Millie recreates 1920s in songs and dance

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- "Thoroughly Modern Millie" isn't exactly modern. It has flappers, the Charleston and is set in New York in 1922, and has singing, dancing and a lot of fun for the audience.

The Hudson High School Drama department presents the spring musical, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" April 25 and April 26 at 7 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m. in the Hudson High School auditorium. Tickets are $8 and available at the Hudson High School bookstore or at the door. It is directed by Amy Foulkes.

The musical is based on a book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan with music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Dick Scanlan.

"Thoroughly Modern Millie" focuses on young Millie Dillmount, portrayed by senior Payton Romano, who sheds her country girl past for a modern "flapper" look to marry for money instead of love. Romano cut her hair for the part.

Romano, whose mother operates Young Actors Studio in Hudson, said she grew up on stage and always dreamed of being a member of the Hudson High School Drama Club.

"I love the friendship and bonding with the cast," Romano said. "I love every minute of it."

In the musical, New York City is full of intrigue and jazz with women just entering the workforce. Millie obtains a job as a stenographer in order to marry her wealthy boss, Trevor "Swell" Graydon, portrayed by senior David Chojnack.

Chojnack said the biggest challenge was singing "Speed Test," a song that keeps increasing in speed, and enjoys the big dance numbers.

Millie takes a room at the Priscilla Hotel for Women, unaware it's a front for a prostitution ring run by a dragon-lady villainess Mrs. Meers, portrayed by junior Lauren Cox. Millie meets Jimmy Smith, portrayed by senior Michael Whitacre, an apparently ne'er-do-well paper clip salesman, after she trips him on a busy New York City street.

Whitacre portrayed one of the brothers in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," but said this is his first time in a lead role.

"I think it's a good way to end my senior year," Whitacre said.

Miss Dorothy "Just Perfect" Brown is portrayed by junior Emma Lentz, and is a genteel aspiring actress who becomes Millie's friend.

Lentz said her character is a sophisticated lady who wants to let loose, and her seven years of acting has helped with the part.

"The play has a great cast and lots of talented people," Lentz said. "It's very entertaining, and people will love it."

Muzzy van Hossmere, portrayed by junior Olivia Van Goor, is a madcap heiress with a zest for the high life.

Van Goor has been in choir, but it is her first time in a play.

"I've made a lot of new friends," Van Goor said. "It's been fun so far, and I'll try it again."

The spring musical is the last Drama Club production for the year and the largest of the three plays students participate in each year. Go back in time to the 1920s and have a roarin' time.

The Cast

Other cast members include freshmen David Gregory as Ching Ho, Kendall Crookston as Alice, Joey Carlson as Rodney and Adeline Wickerham as Daphne; and sophomores Libby Karman as Rita, Sarah Fabian as the Pearl Lady, Jacob Wilch as a policeman, Isaac Machock as Kenneth, Bryan Whelan as a dishwasher, Jeff Centrello as Dexter and Kate Greer as New Modern.

Additional characters include juniors Maddy Ricard as Ruth, Crystal Song as Cora, Jenna Smith as Lucille, Rachel Baker as Ethel Peas, Mitchel Morris as Bun Foo, Grace Hunt as Miss Flannery, Alex Barton as the Letch and Johanna Hiner as Mathilde; and seniors Natalie Dalea as Gloria, JP Brunemenn as George Gershwin, Regan Ferrell as Dorothy Parker and Cindy Qin as Mama.

Speed tappists are played by freshman Lauren Hackenberg, sophomores Erica Pinto, Nicole Lehman, Emily Tuetsch, Kelly Robinson, Abby Chafe and juniors Virginia Swift and Kennedy Bell.

File clerks are portrayed by sophomore Parker Kronen and juniors Krisztian Kosa, Sean Burnham and Alex Barton.

The chorus includes members of the cast and freshmen Mary Grace Corrigan, Kayla Alexander, Hannah Forretsal and Elizabeth Breen.

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