Behind the scenes, preparations continue as members of the Canfield Players lay groundwork for the fancy footwork of the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie," to be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 29, 30, and 31 in the Canfield High School auditorium.
Directed by Dr. Becky Heikkinen, the play is being choreographed by Blayna Montgomery, with musical direction by Kelly Scurich, and technical direction by Scott Sutton.
"For the first time, a professional set is being rented for the show rather than being built on site," said Heikkinen, who added that used in Mayfield prior to its trip to Canfield, following the production, the set will make its way to California for its next show.
Photo by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
In addition to Lisowski and Pecchia, cast members include Hannah Abrigg, Alyssa Armstrong, Sam Armstrong, Francesca Bagnola, Caroline Bennett, Drew Bennett, Ben Bogen, Dalton Bosze, Victoria Bosze, Alisha Boykin, Paige Brucoli, Sophie Brunet, Jenna Burkert, Kendyl Carlisle, Alex Chiu, Kelly Dahman, Emily Damelio, Zack Davison, Julie Dellick, Naomi Emerick, Tori Emerick, Megan Factor, Amy Goddard, Bridget Griffin, Chris Halley, Richie Jenkins, Cooper Johnson, Maria Kenner, Rachel Kepley, Paige Kern, Tom Kupec, Krista Ladner, Ashley Mangie, Alex Manos, Marla Marucci, Mira Mikan, Ashley Milligan, Mary Elizabeth Monda, Sydney Miller, Jonathan Palermo, Nathan Pecchia, Sophia Pilolli, Natalie Ricciutti, Olivia Roy, Korinne Sackela, Spencer Saylor, Jenna Scurich, Nagmita Shrestha, Savannah Sizer, Kareem Soliman, Emily Stedge, Lindsay Stevens, Elise Szabo, Jordan Teutsch, Libby Urig, Hayley Ward, Michele Whiteleather, Sandra Youssef, and Lexi Zoldan, many of whom were present for one of their four times weekly rehearsals.
Heikkinen said more than 70 characters will appear onstage to tell the story of young Millie Dillmount, following her through her move to New York where she assumes the flapper lifestyle, accepts a job as a stenographer, and a room at the Hotel Priscilla for Women.
Millie has big plans for life, said Heikkinen, adding that a young man named Jimmy Smith throws her plans into disarray, forcing her to reexamine what she really wants out of life.
"This particular show was chosen because of the many character parts available in addition to allowing the students to build on the tap dancing skills they learned last year during a performance of "Anything Goes." The show truly has something for everyone, with lots of laughs in the interesting characters. From a villain everyone will love to hate to her lovable Chinese sidekicks, the plot twists and turns as young girls are saved from white slavery," said Heikkinen.
The lead role of Millie will be performed by Katelyn Lisowski, who Heikkinen said plans to attend Marymount Manhattan College, where she will study Musical Theater, and that of Jimmy Smith, played by Spencer Saylor, who will be studying Music Production at Capital University.
Additional leads include Nate Pecchia as Trevor Graydon, Millie's handsome boss, Jenna Scurich as the sweet and nave Dorothy Brown, Kendyl Carlisle as Muzzy van Hossmere, Natalie Ricciuti as Mrs. Meers, Jordan Teutsch as Ching Ho and Alex Chiu as Bun Foo.
All seating is reserved, with tickets available for $10 for adults and $7 for students, and can be purchased by calling the ticket hotline at 330-702-7128, or at the door, for a performance that is sure to provide the audience a thoroughly modern good time.