The Cast, Dance Troupe and Crew of Thoroughly Modern Millie at Perrysburg Junior High have been rehearsing hard for the last two months, and the production has taken on a larger-than-life persona with fresh, original, never-before-seen elements. The production runs Thursday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. in the Perrysburg Junior High School Auditorium. Tickets are $9 and will be available one hour before show time at the PJH Box Office. All performances are open to the public. Thoroughly Modern Millie is directed by PJH teachers Aly Horn, Katie Driscoll and Patrick Barrett.
While a Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. exists—edited for length, difficult singing and long stretches of dialogue—the directors decided to license the full musical and cast it with only PJH students. With the licensing of a full show comes the full orchestral scores, and for the upcoming PJHS production, a 25-piece pit orchestra. The pit will feature Perrysburg Junior High students, Perrysburg High School students and professional musicians from Bowling Green State University and from around the Toledo area. In addition, a dance troupe of junior high tappers has been added to compliment the jazz music and 1920’s story line.
An original set, time-appropriate costumes and special effects—all traditional aspects of a musical—will also be a part of this production. With 52 students on-stage, 42 working back-stage and 6 in the pit, Thoroughly Modern Millie is truly a school-wide endeavor.
Leah Mattas (left), who plays Dorothy and Katie Sanderson, who plays Millie