March 16, 2015
Communications and Marketing
Opening on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m., the Saint Anselm College student theatre group, the Abbey Players presents the Broadway show "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Dana Center. The Abbey Players will perform March 20 - 21 at 7:30p.m., March 22 at 2 p.m., and March 27-28 at 7:30 p.m.
"Thoroughly Modern Millie," based on the 1967 film of the same name, tells the story of small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love - a thoroughly modern aim in 1922. Millie soon takes delight in the flapper lifestyle, but problems arise when she checks into a hotel owned by the leader of a white slavery ring in China.
The production involves more than 45 students, with 29 in the cast alone. The cast includes Steph Conti '18, a psychology major of Londenderry, N.H., as Millie Dillmount, the young, "modern" woman from Salina, Kan., while politics major Garrett Meyer '18 of San Jose, Calif., plays Jimmy Smith, a handsome, carefree young man who makes his way through life on whim and wits.
The musical opened on Broadway in April 2002, winning six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The music from the show is written by Jeanine Tesori, with lyrics by Dick Scanlan, and a book by Richard Morris and Scanlan.
The spring musical is directed by Emily McDonald, and choreographed by alumna Nikki Aubert Murray '06. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, children, and New Hampshire college students.
For additional information, visit the Dana Center Web site.
Story by Scott McKeon '15
Photos by Matthew Lomanno '99