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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.

— “It was cool to see what people did after they were at work all day in the 1920s. Miss Dorothy is a really rich girl, who wants to see whatit’s like living like the other half. She wants to experience life where she has to work for things,” said Seifert.

Sophomore Keenon McCollum isn’t new to “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” He plays Jimmy Smith, the same character he portrayed in middle school.

“I learned how to be more of a love interest in shows and how toget the part down early on and learn about the person and how they would act,” he said. McCollum plans on pursuing musical theater and says that being part of the troupe helps keep up grades and get school work done.

Ethan Magee, a senior, portrays Trevor Graydon, who is the object of Miss Millie’s affection. He said he’d be taking away a life skill or two from this production.

“You have to work well with people and not be afraid to ask questions but at the same time take charge of your own responsibilities while listening to somebody higher than you like the director,” he said.

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” will be play number 53 for senior Darcy Schacher. “I love doing the school shows. … It’s like a family we’ve formed over the last four years,” she said.

Schacher plays Muzzy van Hossmere and said that it was hard to develop a character that is old and widowed.

“I discovered that you always have to put yourself into yourc haracter. She’s a performer, and I’m a performer, that’s something I had in common that I was able to connect myself to since I couldn’t relate to her,” said Schacher.

The school chooses plays that enable the kids to develop new skills and that can be cross-referenced with other classes.

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