Get set for a very modern production!
THE curtain will be rising on Thoroughly Modern Millie in Kettering’s Lighthouse Theatre all next week – from Wednesday April 20 to Saturday 23rd, 7.30pm each evening. The production will support a local charity.
This high-spirited romp had all of New York dancing at its premier in April 2000. The zany musical set in the 1920s took Broadway by storm and this success was repeated in London’s West End in 2003, with Amanda Holden in the title role.
In 1922, young Millie Dillmount arrives in New York City in search of a new life. Women are entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behaviour were changing forever. She finds the city full of intrigue and dancing to the sound of jazz.
Filled with frisky flappers and handsome men, plus a villainous dragon-lady that audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a well-constructed display of madcap merriment. It is a tale of love, laughs and wicked plots set in the carefree days before prohibition.
It is performed by KOS Musical Theatre Company to their usual high standard with a team of very experienced actors. In the lead role of Millie will be Francesca Coleman and opposite her as Jimmy Smith is Michael Bowie, both newcomers to KOSMTC. Kimberley Hammond-Stark plays Dorothy Brown while Kevin Hives is Trevor Graydon. Virginia Pope plays Mrs Meers and Muzzy Van Hossmere is played by Melanie Balderson. Other cast members are Yvette Gerrish, Ian Hammond-Stark and Josh Pugh. Not forgetting the glamorous troupe of dancing girls who are named The Priscilla Girls after the hotel where they all room together. Plus a chorus line portraying many famous characters of the period.
The director is Peter Darnell and the choreographer Melanie Balderson, with the orchestra under the baton of musical director Rod Iliffe.
Tickets are £12, £14 and £15, via the Lighthouse Theatre box office: 01536 414141 or go online: lighthousetheatre.co.uk
IN REHEARSAL: The cast of this year’s production are preparing for curtain up in Kettering. Picture courtesy of Roger Hyslop Photography.