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A Thoroughly instructive experience

The cast of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" from Ballston Spa High School is ready for the stage.

The cast of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" from Ballston Spa High School is ready for the stage.

— Some members of the Ballston Spa High School Troupe make their second home on the stage, but since January all members of the acting group have been honing their skills and picking up new ones rehearsing for their production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

The play tells the story of a young girl seeking love and happiness in the big city during the roaring twenties.

“It’s not well known to people who don’t do theater. It’s amodern musical with an old musical feel to it,” said Director Laurie Larson.

The play is based on the 1967 musical comedy film version. Milliee Dillmount is from Kansas and encounters the flapper era in New York, including prohibition. In 1967, the film earned an Academy Award for Best Original Score. The Broadway version won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical in 2002.

Gretel Wilson, a junior, plays Millie Dillmount and has been participating in plays since the age of four.

“Millie has this idea of coming to New York and wants to marry her boss, but also meets Jimmy Smith. I did find a lot of similarities between Millie and myself, like she’s success driven but also goes with the flow and is honest,” said Wilson.

Julia Turano, a junior, plays Mrs. Meers and is finding the role to be a dynamic one.

“She is the antagonist of the story, and American woman who pretends to be a Chinese woman to sell white orphans to white slavery. I learned that I can be very, very mean through this part. I definitely got to use some other acting talents that I discovered,” she said.

Junior Jenna Seifert plays Miss Dorothy. She’s been in theater since the ninth grade, and said working on the play has been an education on the flapper era.

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