Popular musical set to hit CTH stage
June 4, 2012 • Jennyfer Baldwin, Staff Writer
Filed under Arts and Entertainment
The upcoming play, Thoroughly Modern Millie, is currently in the process of rehearsal and preparation for its June show date at the Howell Community Theatre. Three Fires Middle School already produced the play a few years back with great success, but this year the CTH has taken on the task of working towards even more success with the show.
“I ended up getting a supporting lead role, so that was pretty cool,” says Austin Schippers, a junior at Howell High School. “I’m super excited for this to go up because I get to perform with a lot of kids my age, which is nice. And I love to perform in general so this is a great opportunity for both!”
The story is set in 1922 and is about a girl named Millie Dilmount who travels to New York City from Kansas. Her mission is to find a job with a single boss whom she hopes to marry and become wealthy in doing so. Throughout her time in New York she meets a handful of people who play very important roles. The story is to be thought of as a bit of a love story with interesting plot turns and twists.
“I tried out for this role because a lot of my friends were going to try out for the show, and I got talked into it,” says Adam Sciberras, also a junior at Howell High School. “I tried it and got the lead role of Ching Ho. I ended up with being in the show with a lot of my friends too. I love doing theatre because I love to sing and act, and I love the atmosphere and the experience of being in a show with people that do it for the same reasons.”
There is an incredible amount of hard work put into making this production a success. They’ve rehearsed every day for three months from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., and through this process, they’ve become increasingly more confident about the outcome of this show.
“Really, it’s just taking your ideas and making the people on the stage do and perfect them,” says Chris Brandt, a junior at Howell High School, who is the assistant director of the show. “Sometimes it gets really stressful because when you get a bunch of people together who have varying personalities, people get angry, and you have to be able to work with a lot of different types of people. But the moment the show opens and you are watching it, you have this feeling in your stomach that can only be described as all your hard and stressful work finally paying off.”
For ticket information, go to www.cththeatre.org. The show dates are June 7-June 10.