This weekend only: Thoroughly Modern Millie at Driftwood Players

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Cast photo by Dorothy Pierce

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Book by Dick Scanlan and Richard Morris
Directed by Dorothy Pierce
Music Direction by Jordyn Day Meeker
Choreography by Alia Thomaier
Edmonds Driftwood Players
July 29 – 31, 2016

Review by Doug Gochanour

Some may recall the 1967 film Thoroughly Modern Millie. It served as a basis for this play. A British version was called Chrysanthemum, and played in London in 1956. Fortunately for us, we can enjoy this musical presented by our own Edmonds Driftwood Players. What a treat to have excellent live theatre as an integral part of our community.

Dorothy Pierce, and the entire Driftwood Players Educational Team, delivers truly marvelous outcomes. Working with very talented actors, ranging from 9 – 16 years of age, they present a wonderful musical and also give these young thespians an experience they will never forget.

In fact, it’s often a family affair as volunteers support their kids, and are drawn to participate in the many facets of support. Volunteers may help with sewing or painting sets or anything that needs a caring hand. The result is a well-designed set and fabulous costumes ready for the talented cast to bring everything to life.

A parent shared that these young actors practiced from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Educational Camp for four weeks. They also practiced at home in the evenings and whenever they could. They can be very proud of their successful achievement.

The singing, dancing and plot are challenging and complex, making this production all the more impressive. As choreographer, Alia Thomaier is to be commended. The cast deserves congratulations for mastering this performance.

As for the plot, Millie Dillmount is a small-town young woman, who leaves Kansas for New York City. The year was 1922, and Millie’s plan included finding a job, where she could be near a wealthy man, and marry him. What could go wrong with that plan? Why not marry someone who has money?

Millie’s plan encounters some snags in New York, known for great opportunities, but also known for muggings and sex trafficking. Women were less populous in the work force. They were known more for their intent to enjoy life and disregard conventional standards. This flapper lifestyle becomes attractive to Millie.

You will enjoy watching how Millie reacts to her many new life experiences. Will she find the love she hopes for? Will her new love have the wealth to qualify for her planned outcome?

Still, the real reason to attend this musical is the great performance by this talented cast. Music and dance and costumes take the audience on a thrill ride to a by-gone time. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Tickets are just $12
When:  July 29 – 31, 2016
Where: Performances at Wade James Theater
950 Main Street, Edmonds
Or Call 425-774-9600

If you like to support Children’s Theatre, you may plan ahead to attend the Missoula Children’s Theatre presentation of Peter and Wendy. Mark your calendar for August 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm or 5:30 pm.

Peter and Wendy

Conceived and Written by Michael McGill
Music and Lyrics by Michael McGill

When Captain Hook sends his right-hand man Smee on a quest to capture Peter Pan, it's seemingly business as first. Little does Hook realize what fantastic adventures await him and his pirate posse in their search for the elusive Peter Pan.

Mistaken identities, ever-morphing clouds, a classy crocodile, some very lost boys, and a fickle shadow all add to the mayhem. Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Darling embark on a quest of their own and find themselves trekking everywhere from Hawaii to the North Pole in search of their three missing children.

With help from the earth-friendly Neverlanders, exotic Neverland creatures, and faithful Tinker Bell, the Darling children are found, disputes are ultimately resolved, and everyone - including Captain Hook - finds a place where they truly belong.

Tickets $10 for adults/ $8 for children

When: Saturday, August 6th, 3pm and 5:30pm
Where: Performances at Wade James Theater
950 Main Street, Edmonds

BUY TICKETS HERE or Call 425-774-9600. 


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