Thoroughly Modern Millie

Date 26th March 2014
Society Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society
Venue Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke
Type of Production Musical
Director Helen Buick
Musical Director Simon Eastwood
Choreographer Helen Buick

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Author: Mrs Betty Haslam

This is a story of a country girl in New York wanting a job as a secretary and also wanting to marry the boss.

Directed and choreographed by Helen Buick who has worked professionally on both stage and screen, her dance routines were of a very high standard managing to get the best out of her cast.   Millie (Dawn Stephens)  supported by  the Priscilla girls gave a  truly magnificent acting singing and dancing performance. Miss Dorothy Brown (Hayley Cheeseworth) the so called orphan girl played her part well as did Jimmy Smith (Tom McReavy) who falls in love with Millie. Mrs Meers (Stephanie Webb) the owner of the Hotel Priscilla along with her two laundry workers Ching Ho(Ian May-Miller and Bun Foo(Kathy May-Miller) whose comic acting and so called Chinese accents caused great amusement during their dodgy goings on whisking unsuspected girls to Hong Kong. Muzzy Van Hossmere (Siobhan Branch)  gave a very polished singing and acting  performance as the Hostess at a night club. Mr Trevor Graydon (Edward Branch)  as the love sick male with designs on Miss Dorothy, all to no avail, gave a creditable performance as the manager of the Office which employed Millie. The rest of the cast and chorus complimented the production and were well appreciated by the audience.   Well done Basingstoke a most enjoyable evening .

Simon Eastwood conducted this 1920 music that had everybody tap dancing their way through a very professional performance much admired by all concerned.

Stage Manager Coral Minifie and her crew had a difficult task with the many scenes but managed to do justice to the complicated changes.  Lighting design  Steve Farr assisted by Iain Stores with sound engineer Chris Evans.  Costumes Supplied by Dress Circle Costumiers Essex. Wigs by Stephanie Webb