Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thoroughly Modern Millie

 

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th February 2010
London Oratory School Theatre, West Brompton

Director: Jonny Clines
Musical director: Robert Wicks
Choreographer: Stuart Burrows
Tap choreographer: Nicole Rush

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Cast

Millie Dillmount - Helen Bartlett
Jimmy Smith - Olly Medlicott
Miss Dorothy Brown - Heather Matthews
Trevor Graydon - Jaco Norval
Mrs Meers - Sarah Hurley
Muzzy - Shana Costa
Miss Flannery - Susan Sworn
Ching Ho - Kevin Shen
Bun Foo - Marc Acuna
Ruth - Katy Goddard
Gloria - Florence Nash
Alice - Sarah Norton
Cora - Emily Frape
Lucille - Hannah McKenna-Vickerstaff
Rita - Angela Schultz
Ethel - Kristen Callaway

Stenographers
Nicole Rush, Alison Wilkin, Tara Stapley, Lucy Hennessy, Hannah McKenna-Vickerstaff, Sasha Need, Emily Frape.

Male ensemble
Glen Bryan, Serge Kluit, Charlie Richards, Richard Qureshi, Johnny Kirkman and Hugo Du Plesis

Female Ensemble
Lesley Ward, Angela Daniel, Ruth Cocks, Lisa Kelly, Jo Hayes, Siv Reksten, Nalia Watson, Ronnie Stone, Holley Beckermann, and Laura Gardner.

About the show

With a full score of jazzy songs and bright dance numbers, Thoroughly Modern Millie took Broadway by storm and won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2002.

Based on the 1967 film of the same name, the show tells the story of a 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 is soon swept away by the flapper lifestyle, but her mission to fall in love with her boss gets derailed when she meets Jimmy. All is not what it seems and together they are embroiled in a madcap plot, involving hidden identities, kidnap and the white slave trade in China.

Surprised? You will be by this funny and entertaining show brought to you by Cygnet Players.

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Show Reviews

"This was quite simply an exceptional show that oozed class and quality throughout."

"The quality of the band, and music produced, was of a very high class and never overshadowed those speaking or singing."

"Kim Findlay (Choreographer) ensured this show delivered what was expected – a truly stunning visual spectacle from a 17-strong tap dancing ensemble. The quality of dancing, precision and timing were nothing short of superb."

"The extremely versatile, and talented, Nick Moorhouse was perfectly cast in the lead male role of Jerry Travers. The sheer quality of dancing, whilst singing, was exceptional and appeared almost effortless."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"Charlotte Donald, who I have seen tread the boards many times for Cygnet Players, was Dale Tremont. This is possibly my favourite role I have seen her in as it really showed off her dance ability and as that famous line goes, she did it all backwards and in heels!"

"Adam Walker-Galbraith verges on stealing the show as the hilarious Beddini. His attention to detail in his character ensured that he ensured every moment he was on stage was pure comedy."

"Top Hat is a show Cygnet Players should be proud of. With polished dance, strong principals and ensemble and an impressive set works together to create an enjoyable and impressive show."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

"Huge congratulations must go to Adam Walker-Galbraith on his musical directing debut and for delivering such a resounding success. The non-stop action, and overall pace, ensured the audience was immediately involved in, and remained enthralled throughout, the entire show. As musical directing debuts go, this was a fantastic achievement and something to look back on with pride."

"Congratulations must also be given to Lauren O’Mara who choreographed this show superbly."

"Jamie Miller-Hughes was truly fantastic in the hugely demanding role of Doralee. Not only did Jamie look, and act, the part of a country girl but she sang beautifully and had a terrific Southern accent."

"Kate Chesworth excelled as Violet, the long suffering supervisor who’d been repeatedly passed over for promotion in a male-dominated office environment. Kate’s acting and singing were both superb and I particularly enjoyed ‘Around Here’, where she introduced Judy to Consolidated Industries’ lengthy list of high expectations."

"This truly was an excellent performance, a very enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment, and most definitely ‘value for money’ in anyone’s eyes."

Des Wilby
Noda Review

"Cygnet Players is fortunate to have a formidable trio of women take on (the lead) roles. The moments where these 3 women were on stage fronting a number were consistently high standard and really stood out."

"Charlotte Donald ... had a nice vulnerability and awkwardness about her and knew how to time her comedy well. Her big number 'Get Out and Stay Out' deservedly drew cheers from the audience."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

 

“Cygnet Players should once again be rightly proud of what they achieved with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Comedy is notoriously difficult to do well but they sailed through this with ease, giving us frequent laughs, toe-tapping dance routines and left me wanting to download the cast recording so I could re-live some of the numbers.”

 “Rachel Kitchen’s portrayal of Jolene was one of the highlights of the show for me. She had great energy and led the number Oklahoma brilliantly.”

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

“Jonny Clines as the leading con man was suave and projected the regal feel essential for his unlikely background as a deposed prince … His rendition of ‘Love sneaks in’ was the musical highlight of the show.”

“Charlotte Donald, a superb dancer as well as an excellent singer, was perfect for the part giving it real presence.”

Tony Sweeney
NODA Review

“The highlight is Hughes as Freddy ... so very natural and understated in the role that it is perfectly pitched. From rookie swindler, to devastated sufferer of Dance Fever, to PC-challenging Ruprecht, each role is effortlessly portrayed with comic timing to boot.”

“What I really enjoyed ... was the amount of dance and ensemble movement ... Choreographer Kim Schenkelaars created simple, beautiful routines that seamlessly complemented the songs.”

"Cygnet Players have once again charmed me with their simple and precise portrayal of a show.”

From the House Seats Review

“The comedy duo that really came into their own during act two was Katy Thompson and Russell Bramley. They were perfect together, and their post-coital scene on the balcony was laugh-out-loud funny. Russell particularly had exceptional comic timing throughout.”

“I also absolutely adored all the costumes. The whole show was a rainbow of colour.”

Jess Pether
Sardines Review

"Rachel Kitchen (Elle) was ideal for the role and her transformation from a blonde airhead to a strong savvy woman really gave the show backbone and was delivered to perfection"

Tony Sweeney
NODA Review

"Kate Chesworth played the comedic role of Paulette and this was an example of perfect casting. Her facial expressions alone had me laughing along with Paulette, with the Irish section in Legally Blonde remix being a perfect example."

"This is a fun production which is worth seeing for Rachel Kitchen as Elle alone. It stays true to the spirit of Legally Blonde and they balance the froth on the surface well with its true message of looking beneath the surface. Well done to all at Cygnet players for another success!"

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

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