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Thoroughly Modern Millie

Date

23rd November 2012

Society

Bradford Catholic Players

Venue

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Type of Production

Musical

Director

David Kirk

Musical Director

Michael Gilroy

Choreographer

Jacqui Drake

Report

Author: Marguerite Jennings

This is not one of the great musicals as it is rather silly but it has a witty score with allusions to G& S, has plenty of work for the chous especially if they are able to tap dance, has some charm and requires a very good leading lady. This company, in the form of Anna Clarke, had a truly superb "Millie" who was supported by a very talented team of Principals. Michael Riley ("Jimmie"), the love interest, gave a very sensitive and comic performance. Helen Clarke ("Mrs.Meers") and her Chineses side kicks Darren Firth and Matthew Spalding provided the rest and best of the comedy. Simon Carroll & Danielle Williams ("Mr. Graydon" & "Miss Dorothy") wittily presented the secondary love interest. Anne-Marie Carroll ("Muzzy") and Alison Carroll ("Miss Flannery") seized their opportunity with both hands. The all singing, all dancing chorus had a fine time with plenty of attack and vivacity. The set was excellent with very colourful lighting and the good sound added to the production. The costumes were superb, the wigs just right, all the shoes toned with the costumes and it was a delight to see that such thought had gone in to the overall effect. The music was well balanced and controlled. The direction was a credit to the Director as the whole was a delightful and refreshing evening of entertainment.