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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.

— “Last year we taught them circus arts. This year we wanted to do something completely different. A lot of kids couldn’t tap dance, so we started with tap workshops. It’s more than just putting on a play, but learning another skill,” said Larson.

Producer Patti Mullin added, “We strive to teach the cast something new with each show. Last year we brought in a circus expert to teach the cast professional circus tricks for ‘Barnum.’ The kids are loving it.”

“One of the benefits to doing a musical like this is that it helps the kids relate a little to the past. One of the AP US history teachers Rick Hengsterman is going to cross reference Millie in his presentations for the 1920's. Two of our cast members Jack Rogers andMark Camilli had to learn Mandrin to do their parts,” said Mullin, who is a substitute teacher.

Most of the cast is involved with theater arts beyond the school.

“We have quite a few cast members who go on to work in the off season at Cohoes Music Hall, and I love that. When they can go out into the community and be really good performers, then we’re doing something right. As far as director, I feel my only purpose is to be the best audience member that they can possibly have. I really like them to develop their characters from themselves,” said Larson.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. The play will be performed in the Ballston Spa High School Auditorium on Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday,March 31, at 1 pm.

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