Thomasville City Schools Drama Program will take the stage with their spring musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” on March 3rd and 4th at 7:00 p.m., in the Macintyre Park Auditorium. Under the direction of Scholars Academy drama teacher Casey Dyksterhouse, students will show off their dancing, acting, and singing abilities.
The musical, which had its Broadway opening in 2002, is based off the 1967 movie of the same name and also based on the play "Chrysanthemum" which opened in London in 1956. The play captures the story of how Millie Dillmount, played by Scholars Academy senior Meredith Pearce, is a small town girl that goes out to New York City in 1922 so that she can “marry money” instead of trying to fall in love.
As Millie attempts to have an interview with Trevor Graydon, a successful businessman played by senior Matthew Whetsell, she ends up applying for a job as his stenographer. Because Millie knows his wealth, she tries really hard to throw around hints that she is willing to marry him, although he has not the slightest interest in her.
With this being his last year as a high schooler, Whetsell expresses his feelings towards his last performance and what he’s most excited for following the musical.
“I think that this will be the best performance that I will have ever done. I mean, it’s my last hurrah, so I’m just giving it the best I’ve got. Just like OM (Odyssey of the Mind), I’m trying to enjoy it before it all ends,” Whetsell proclaimed..
Whetsell isn’t the only male that Millie comes across. She ends up falling in love with Jimmy Smith, which is played by junior Matthew Cline. Cline discussed how he has prepared for the leading male role and his feelings towards being a part of such an entertaining musical alongside his cast members.
“It’s exciting. It's kind of scary because I’ve played lead roles a ton, but it’s been a while since I’ve played the leading male role instead of just a leading role. It’s kind of nerve-racking but it’s exciting nonetheless. I’m pretty pumped,” said Cline.
Cline for sure isn’t the only person that has been stressing about the musical. Senior Allison Wheeler plays Muzzy Van Hossmere, a rich singer that arrived back to New York from her world tour. Muzzy guides Millie through the flapper lifestyle and eventually into the arms of her true love.
Tickets are available at the Scholars Academy front office daily and each night this week from 5:00 to 6:00 in the auditorium lobby. Tickets are $10 per student and $15 per adult and will be sold at the door, but get there early to avoid a line and to get a seat!