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The roaring twenties come to Meriden: You’re invited to an evening of madcap merriment

7 March 2019

Meriden’s thespians are set to stage a thoroughly modern play, with five performances of Thoroughly Modern Millie to run over four days this April. Tickets are on sale now and the general public are invited to Meriden’s purpose-built theatre to enjoy the show.

Famous for its tongue-in-cheek humour, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a musical spoof of the roaring twenties. Based on the 1967 Academy Award-nominated film by Richard Morris, the play is set in New York City and is complete with flappers, a shady kidnapping ring and a dragon-lady villainess whom audiences will love to hate.

Ms Jodie Spooner-Ryan, Meriden’s Director of Music, said the play is a showcase of the 1920s jazz and blues music that shaped the era.

“The band will feature our exceptional brass, wind and string players with a highly energetic rhythm section,” she said.

“All the songs are very catchy and the underscoring reveals many of the subplots that the composer has hidden in the melodic lines."

According to the show’s Director, Miss Annemaree McLeod, the musical offers something for everyone.

Thoroughly Modern Millie is Broadway music theatre at its best,” Miss McLeod said.

“Millie Dillmount is a young woman who is coming to New York City at a time of cultural change; when Jazz music is exploding into mainstream society and everything – from the dances to the shorter skirts and hairstyles and the architecture – was becoming ‘thoroughly modern’. The musical contains comedy, romance and dynamic choreography, paired with a brilliant jazz score.”

The cast is comprised of Senior School students. The lead role of Millie Dillmount will be played by Grace Blomfield, while Amber Broadbent and Freja Newman take up the roles of Miss Dorothy Brown and Mrs Meers. Two students from Trinity Grammar School and St Patrick’s College will perform two of the four male parts in the play.

The show features a full score of new music by Jeanine Tesori, with lyrics by Dick Scanlan. Meriden’s performance is the latest in a long line of productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie that have toured the world from Broadway to the West End.

Tickets are available for performances at 7:00pm on Wednesday 3, Thursday 4 and Friday 5 April, with two shows at 12:30pm and 7:00pm on Saturday 6 April. Purchase prices are $30.00 for adults, $20.00 for students in Year 7 and above and $18.00 for students in Year 6 and below. All tickets attract a booking fee. Click here to purchase.