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Three members of the Franklin family take the stage in 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'

"Then all the other kids wanted to follow," Lisa said.

Her husband, Paul, is the only one in the family who hasn't been bitten by the acting bug. A CPA, "he's the taxi driver," Lisa joked, although she noted Paul has had bit parts in two shows members of the family have been in, serving as a pirate in "Peter Pan" and a policeman in "Annie."

Her three older kids would love to be on Broadway, Lisa said, and she harbors the same ambition. She figures if she lands a part with at least one of her kids, she'll take it and home-school the others. Family members have already had a few auditions, but they haven't gotten any call backs -- yet.

"We're on our way," Lisa said.

First, though, are the final performances of "Thoroughly Modern Millie," which Lisa described as "madcap fun."

Stone said he's usually drawn to darker shows, but the challenge of putting on something as grand as "Millie," with its boisterous musical and dance numbers, intrigued him.

So, too, did the connection Lisa and Julia shared on the stage. Lisa plays an elite entertainer named Muzzy Van Hossmere, and in one scene, she's trying to nurture and offer advice to Millie.

"There was some really neat chemistry," Scott said. "The two of them do a really great job."

Scott advised audiences that they can "expect the unexpected" at the show, which features a few twists and turns that might surprise even those who are familiar with the story.

Above all, people can expect to have a good time and lots of laughs.

"It's a great family show," Scott said. "All ages will like it. It's a lot of fun."

The Schenectady Light Opera Company will put on "Thoroughly Modern Millie" Friday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 11 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. Tickers are $12 to $22 and are available by calling the SLOC box office at 877-350-7378 or by visiting www.sloctheater.org.""

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