Thoroughly Modern Millie

Date 30th March 2012
Society CODY Musical Theatre Company
Venue Princes Hall Aldershot
Type of Production Musical
Director Sue Sampson
Musical Director Graham Hix
Choreographer Joyce Atlee

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Author: Betty Haslam District 18

Thoroughly Modern Millie first performed on Broadway in 2002 and  in the West End in 2003.  Sue Sampson once again directed an inspirational musical with lots of tap dancing and dramatic touches. Millie (Dawn Stephens) in her first principal lead did not disappoint both in singing, acting and superb dancing. Her co-star Jimmy (Rob Tickner) playing a romantic and humorous part did justice to the role.   Trevor Gradon III (Martin Sampson) played a New York businessman with great humour and talent his singing and tap dancing amusing the audience. Miss Dorothy (Annie Veneti) did justice to the part.  Mrs Meers (Lisa Fletcher) brought a touch of evil to her role of Chinese hotel owner abducting orphan girls in slavery to Hong Kong.   Ching Ho (Ron Walker) and Bun Foo (Chris Boorman) delighted as the Chinese immigrants speaking Chinese.    Muzzy Van Hossmere ( Lucy Paynter) also in her first principal role gave a good singing,acting and dancing performance. Musical Director Graham Hix conducted the orchestra well and allowed the music to accompany the singers without drowning them   Choreographer Joyce Atlee did wonderful routines and the dancers did her proud   Stage Manager Mike Davall with assistants  Robert Phillips and Andy Piercy along with a large stage crew carried out scene changes without interruption. Lighting design by Melvyn Fryer and operated by  Stuart Armes and team complemented the production as did the Sound managed by Ian Sutton The whole ensemble supported the principals making a truly magnificent show.