Event Date

May 20, 2007

WNMTC to Open "Thoroughly Modern Millie"

She's a spunky kid who's moved to New York from Salina, Kansas. She's ready to join the modern women of the 1920's, raise her skirts, bob her hair, marry her boss and have a stable future. But then, there's Jimmy...

The Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company is presenting "Thoroughly Modern Millie," the Tony Award-winning 2002 musical, in seven weekend performances at the Carson City Community Center, May 11-20.

The show is based on the popular movie, but gussied up with high-energy tap numbers, jazz sequences and love ballads, including two songs from the 1967 film, four standards from the 1920's, and nine new songs by composer Jeanine Tesori and lyricist Dick Scanlan. The musical swept the Tony Awards in 2002 and created such excitement that it left all of New York dancing the Charleston.

The zany plot revolves around Millie Dillmount, who escapes to New York City from Salina, Kan., determined to marry her wealthy boss - whomever he may be. Shedding her country girl image for the modern look of a flapper, she takes a room at the Priscilla Hotel for Women and gets a job as a stenographer at the Sincere Trust Insurance Company. In short time, she finds herself involved with Jimmy Smith, an apparently unsuccessful paper clip salesman; Miss Dorothy Brown, a genteel aspiring actress who is excited to be poor; Trevor Graydon, the unromantic boss Millie wants to marry; and Muzzy van Hossmere, a nightclub singer heiress.

Add the hotel proprietress, Mrs. Meers, a villainess everyone loves to hate, and her assistants Ching Ho and Bun Foo whom she forces to carry out her diabolical schemes, and the evening adds up to adventure, romance, comedy and pure entertainment.

Lauren Ashley Durant plays Millie in the WNMTC production. Domenic Procaccini II plays Jimmy Smith, James McDuffie is Trevor Graydon, Therese Curatolo is Dorothy Brown, Karen Chandler is Mrs. Meers, Dianne Hale plays Muzzy van Hossmere, and Tom Fisk and Paul Stufkosky play Ching Ho and Bun Foo.

Stephanie Arrigotti produces and directs and Gina Kaskie-Davis choreographs.

The show will be presented at the Carson City Community Center. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. There is also a matinee on Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m. Tickets: $18 for general admission, $16 for students and seniors, and $14 for youth 17 and under.

"Thoroughly Modern Millie" is the second musical of WNMTC's 2007 Spotlight on Broadway season, which includes "Guys and Dolls" in November. Season ticket-holders receive discounts to the shows as well as preferred seating.

For tickets and information, call 775-445-4249.

Press Release: February 14, 2007

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