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Meet the Cast

 

Musical

 

Thoroughly Modern Millie

 Book and Lyrics by
Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan
Music by Jeanine Tesori

 Directed By James Grenelle

Music Director - Emi P. Stefanov

 January 10-20, 2008

Note From the Director …

Imagine a time that wasn’t so long ago. A time when attitudes were care-free, expectations were high, and women were just entering the workforce. Dresses (and hair styles) were shorter, the only place you could get alcohol was in a seedy speakeasy, and a stock market crash was unthinkable. We’ve come a long way since 1922. Now, 85 years later, we can look back at that time in history and get swept up in the care-free atmosphere of the high-spirited twenties when a young girl’s greatest ambitions center on her desire to be extremely “new woman”.

Thoroughly Modern Millie is a nostalgic look at the idealistic twenties and homage to those classic “roaring twenties” musicals like No, No, Nanette and Good News and operettas like Naughty Marietta. With this popular musical originally based on the 1967 film of the same name starring Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Channing, John Gavin and Beatrice Lillie, the story of young Millie Dillmount and her quest for modern living has gone from classic movie heroine to pop culture musical theatre icon.

I have been very lucky since the beginning of this adventure. I can’t go without acknowledging the brilliance of James Demetrius and Kathy Sutton, the fantastic crew and orchestra, as well as the wonderful support and assistance of Brian Stipsits and Ro Grenelle, the “props extraordinaire” and the outstanding Thom Duke and Patti Caccamo. Without the amazing Janet Tucker, I would have gone crazy, and I MUST take a moment to recognize the musical brilliance that is Emi Stefanov. All of this tech would be for nothing without the insanely talented cast that appears on this stage each day/night. I have been extremely proud of them since the first rehearsal and my pride continues to grow with each performance.

I hope that you, sitting in your seat reading this, will have as much fun as we are. Now, put on your spats and untangle your fringe as we take you back to 1922…The Jazz Age!

 

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE

Book by Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan

Music by Jeanine Tesori

Lyrics by Dick Scanlan

Based on the Universal Motion Picture

 Cast of Characters (in order of appearance):

Millie Dillmount..................................................... Rachel Prather

Jimmy Smith............................................................... Corey Lista

Lucille................................................................. Karissa Hubbard

Cora...................................................................... Jackie Deppner

Ruth............................................................................ Julia Namm

Gloria........................................................................ Lauren Clark

Alice................................................................ Lindsay Clemmons

Rita............................................................................ Katie Lizana

Ethel Peas................................................................ Karlyn Koebe

Mrs. Meers................................................................. Katy Gaudet

Miss Dorothy Brown........................................... Stefanie Lehmann

Bun Foo............................................................. Cengiz Dokumaci

Ching Ho...................................................................... Joey Sarlo

Miss Flannery........................................................ Karen Cameron

Trevor Graydon........................................................ Dale Badway

Pearl Lady............................................................ Jackie Deppner

The Letch.................................................................... Steven Fox

Policemen...............                      John Timberlake & Ross Magyar

Muzzy Van Hossmere....................................... Latoya McCormick

George Gershwin...................................................... Bowen Barrs

Ira Gershwin........................................................ John Timberlake

Dorothy Parker...................................................... Karen Cameron

Kenneth...................................................................... Colin Taylor

Mathilde................................................................... Karlyn Koebe

Rodney..................................................................... Ross Magyar

Muzzy’s Boys......................... Chris Bragg, Bill Clark, Steven Fox,               Ross Magyar,Colin Taylor, John Timberlake

Daphne................................................................ Karissa Hubbard

Dexter....................................................................... Bowen Barrs

New Modern.............................................................. Katie Lizana

Party Guests/Moderns/Office Workers   Bowen Barrs, Chris Bragg,

Bill Clark, Lauren Clark, Lindsay Clemmons, Jackie Deppner, Steven

Fox, Karissa Hubbard, Karlyn Koebe, Katie Lizana, Ross Magyar,

Julia Namm, Colin Taylor, John Timberlake

Synopsis

 

ACT ONE

     Overture................................................................. The Orchestra

Scene 1: New York City, 1922

     Not For the Life of me......................................................... .Millie

     Thoroughly Modern Millie..................................... .Millie & Moderns

Scene 2: The lobby of the Hotel Priscilla

     Not For the Life of Me (Reprise)....................................... The Girls

     How the Other Half Lives............................... Miss Dorothy & Millie

Scene 3: The laundry room of the Hotel Priscilla

     Not For the Life of Me(Reprise)........................ Bun Foo & Ching Ho

Scene 4: The Sincere Trust Insurance Company

     The Speed Test.............................. Trevor, Millie, Miss Flannery, &
     
...........................................................................  Office Workers

Scene 5: The 12th Floor of the Hotel Priscilla

     They Don’t Know......................................................... Mrs. Meers

Scene 6: An Alleyway

Scene 7: A seedy speakeasy

    The Nutty Cracker Suite............. Jimmy, Millie, Priscilla Girls, Letch,
     .................................................................. Pearl Lady & Dancers

Scene 8: The Police Station

     What Do I Need With Love................................................. Jimmy

Scene 9: The 12th Floor of the Hotel Priscilla

Scene 10: Muzzy’s penthouse apartment

     Only in New York............................................................... Muzzy

Scene 11: The terrace of Muzzy’s apartment

     Jimmy................................................................................. Millie

Scene 12: The 12th Floor of the Hotel Priscilla
 

ACT TWO

     Entr’acte................................................................ The Orchestra

Scene 1: The Sincere Trust Insurance Company

     Forget About the Boy.................... Millie, Miss Flannery & Stenogs

     Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life/I’m Falling In Love with Someone
     ..................................................................
Trevor & Miss Dorothy

Scene 2: The ledge outside Sincere Trust

     I Turned the Corner................................................ Jimmy & Millie

     Falling in Love (Reprise)............ Jimmy, Millie, Trevor, Miss Dorothy
     ................................................................................. &
Ching Ho

Scene 3: The 12th Floor of the Hotel Priscilla

     Muqin......................................... Mrs. Meers, Bun Foo & Ching Ho

Scene 4: Café Society

     Long As I’m Here with You................................. Muzzy & her boys

Scene 5: Muzzy’s dressing room

     Gimme, Gimme................................................................... Millie

Scene 6: Café Society

Scene 7: The lobby of the Hotel Priscilla

Scene 8: An abandoned hallway in the Hotel Priscilla / NYC

MEET THE DIRECTOR

 James Grenelle – A veteran of local theatre, James has appeared on stage locally in productions of My Favorite Year (Benjy), A Chorus Line (Bobby), Cabaret (Emcee) at EOT, Crazy For You (Bobby) and George M! (George) at SPLT and Dames at Sea (Lucky) and How to Succeed (Bud) FWP.  He has directed such productions as The Man Who Came to Dinner, Anything Goes (Lary Award), Stepping Out, Oliver!, and last season's The Unsinkable Molly Brown at FWP.  Thank you to Janet and Emi, and Love to Mom and Brian.

MEET THE MUSIC DIRECTOR

Emi P. Stefanov – This is Emi's first show at FWP.  Credits: Cabaret (EOT), Urinetown (EOT), My Fair Lady (EOT), Pajama Game, Smokey Joes' Cafe, Anything Goes, Once Upon a Mattress, Jekyll and Hyde, She Loves Me, etc.  Emi has worked with performers such as Anne Reinking, Ben Vereen, John Kander, the late Gregory Hines and Gwen Verdon, etc.  Future projects include Sweet Charity (FWP) and Mame and Forever Plaid (EOT).  Thanks to James, cast, crew and the orchestra.  As always endless thanks to friends and family, especially my boys.

 MEET THE CAST and CREW

Badway, Dale (Trevor) An actor/producer in NYC, Dale is delighted to return to the wonderful stage of the Francis Wilson Playhouse again this season.  Dale has appeared in "Very Good Eddie", "Good News", "Rose Marie", "Naughty Marietta" and "Bells Are Ringing".  Dale is the Executive Producer and Artistic Director of Badway On Broadway Productions.

Barrs, Bowen (Dexter, George Gershwin, Office Boy)  Bowen is thrilled to return to FWP.  You may have seen him here in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown", "Monky Business", or "La Cage aux Folles".  Somehow he always manages to forget he really doesn't dance.  Once again he's the oldest chorus boy, but having a grand time with this fantastic cast.  Hugs to James (really don't hate you THAT much) and all who come to see me tread the boards.  WYB to my Jake.

Bragg, Chris (Ensemble) Chris is making his FWP debut in this production.  Chris' most recent, and first community theater credit is Hans/Taxi Man in "Cabaret" at EOT.  Chris would like to thank his family and friends for all of their support, and James (the director) for this wonderful opportunity.

Cameron, Karen (Miss Flannery, Dorothy Parker)  Karen is thrilled to be back at FWP.  She was last seen in "Bells Are Ringing" and also in "Hello Dolly" at Ruth Eckerd Hall.  Many thanks to James, Emi and Janet for their support, encouragement and faith in me and of course, thanks to the fun and talented cast and crew.  My love and appreciation to my children, family and friends.

Clark, Bill (Ensemble) is making his debut with FWP.  He was last seen in EOT's production of "Cabaret".  He would like to thank Steven, Ross, Rachel and the person sitting next to you for their continued love and support. 

 

Clark, Lauren (Gloria) Lauren is so excited to be doing another production with James.  Her last shows at FWP were "Barnum", "La Cage aux Folles" and "Anything Goes".  She most recently appeared in "Cabaret" and "Urinetown" at EOT and "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown" at West Coast Players.  She wants to give a shout out to her sweet smelling Jackie.

Clemmons, Lindsay (Alice) Lindsay is a senior at Countryside High School and is so excited to be in her first show at the Francis Wilson Playhouse.  Her favorite roles include Snail in "A Year with Frog and Toad" at Countryside High School and Ermenguarde in "Hello Dolly!" with the Clearwater City Players.  She would like to thank her parents and Jennifer Deckelman for all of their support.

Deppner, Jackie (Cora/Ensemble) Jackie is excited to be working with James and Emi again and with such an amazing cast.  She most recently appeared as Lulu in EOT's production of "Cabaret".  Other favorite roles include "The National Tour of Sesame Street Live (Elmo), The Pajama Game (Gladys), "Crazy For You" (Polly, and "Pipin" and "Your Own Thing", all performed in Chicago.  She also played Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense II at The Majestic Rose Dinner Theater.  XOXO to her family and friends.  Word to the Soduku Queen.

Dokumaci, Cengiz (Bun Foo) Cengiz is glad to be back at FWP.  He was last seen in "Bells are Ringing" (Carl) and La Cage aux Folles (Jacob).  He would like to thank James for letting him speak and sing in Chinese.  Wo yuen zou bai wan li kan ni xiao mi mi.


Fox, Steven
(Ensemble) Steven is glad to make his first appearance on the FWP stage.  He was most recently seen in "My Fair Lady" and "Urinetown" at EOT, and was president of the Countryside High School Drama Club in 2006.  Big thanks to Mom, Dad, Nana, and Allison.
 

Gaudet, Katy (Mrs. Meers) Kathy is so thrilled to be playing an evil diva for James again!  (Lorraine – "The Man Who Came to Dinner")  She was recently seen on the Eight O'Clock Stage in "Urinetown" as Ma Strong, "My Fair Lady", and is so happy to be at Francis Wilson again.  Thank you, Dave, for your love, patience and support.

Hubbard, Karissa (Lucille) Karissa is ecstatic to be back for her third show at FWP.  Previously, she was seen in "Francis Wilson The Musical" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown".  Her performance is dedicated to Poppy and Opa.


Koebe, Karlyn
(Ethel/Ensemble) is enjoying her second consecutive show here at FWP.  She was last seen as Olga in "Bells Are Ringing".  Her favorite roles include Rosalind in "As You Like It" and Tiger Lily in "Peter Pan" (Ans Off Broadway, CA)."  Thanks to everyone!  Enjoy the Show!

Lehmann, Stefanie (Miss Dorothy)  Stefanie is thrilled to be in her first FWP production.  She is a junior musical theatre major at PCCA.  Her recent productions include "Gaslight" (EOT), "The Crucible" (PCCA), "Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Urinetown" (EOT), as well as SPLT's "My Way" and "City of Angels".

Lista, Corey (Jimmy) Corey has appeared in productions such as "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (Adam) at SPLT, “Grease” (Kenickie) Salerno, "A Midsummer Night's Dream” (Oberon) Suncoast Richey, "City of Angels” (Stone) SPLT, "Into the Woods" (Wolf/Cinderella's Prince) EOT, "My Fair Lady” (Freddy) EOT, "Urinetown" (Hot Blades Harry) EOT, "Cabaret" (Bobby) EOT, and "Smokey Joe's Cafe"  Tour.  He is currently working on an album, www.coreylista.com.

Lizana, Katie (Rita/Ensemble) has 'thoroughly' enjoyed working with such wonderful 'Moderns' during the run of "Millie!"  Katie, who was most recently seen as Helga in "Cabaret" (EOT), trained with the Metropolitan Dance Theater of New Orleans and is now dancing and teaching at Dance and Circus Arts of Tampa Bay.

Magyar, Ross (Ensemble) Ross is making his debut performance at FWP.  He was previously seen as Ernest Ludwig in EOT's "Cabaret".  He would like to thank Emi and James for liking him.

 

McCormick, Latoya Alicia (Muzzy Van Hossmere) Latoya is thrilled to making her first appearance on the FWP stage.  Latoya recently played Sr. Hubert in Salerno Theaters production of Nunsense.  In 2007 Latoya won a Lary for favorite supporting actress in a musical for her role as Melba in 70, girls, 70 (SPLT).  Some of her other favorite shows at SPLT include  Red Hot & Cole, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Wizard of Oz, and The Oft-Told Story.  She was also musical director for SPLT’s production of My Way.  Latoya is a music teacher for the Pinellas county school system.  She says, “I would like to thank my gram, aunts, cousins, and friends for all their continued support and love.”

Namm, Julia (Ruth) is thrilled to be back at FWP working with such a talented cast of her favorite people!  Recent performances include Urinetown, My Fair Lady, and Beauty and the Beast with EOT.  Her heart goes out to her friends and amazing family for all their support!


Prather, Rachel
(Millie) Rachel, a senior at St. Petersburg Catholic High School, is thrilled to be making her first appearance on the FWP stage.  Previous roles include Jo March in her high school production of "Little Women the Musical", Little Sally in “Urinetown” (EOT), and Little Red in "Into The Woods" (EOT).  She would like to thank her family and friends for their continuous support, as well as James Grenelle for giving her the opportunity to play her dream role. 

Sarlo, Joey (Ching Ho)  Joey is excited to be back on the FWP stage in one of his favorite musicals.  He was last seen as Finch in "How To Succeed" and is thrilled to work with James and Janet again, two of his favorite J's.  He thanks Emi for helping him sing in Chinese and Cengiz for enduring as he took forever to learn it.  He dedicates this show to his beautiful wife, Amy, who taught him all the Chinese he knows. 

Taylor, Colin (Ensemble) is thoroughly enjoying his first show at FWP.  He would like to thank James and Emi for teaching him so much.  He would also like to thank Steven, Karlyn, Lindsay, and especially Bill for their constant support. 


Timberlake,
John
(Ensemble) This is John's first appearance at Francis Wilson Playhouse.  He recently finished "Camelot" (Sir Lionel) at Tarpon Srpings PAC, and also played Mordcha in "Fiddler on the Roof".  Other stage credits include "Oklahoma", "Hello Dolly" and "Forum".

 

Production Staff

Director..................................................................... James Grenelle

Assistant to the Director................................................ Brian Stipsits

Musical Director............................................................ Emi Stefanov

Choreographer........................................................... James Grenelle

Costume Design........................................................... Kathy Sutton

Stage Manager.............................................................. Janet Tucker

Lighting Design.......................................................... James Grenelle

Lighting & Sound........................................................ Dianna Hanger

Spotlight......................................................................... Thom Duke

Props.................................... Ro Grenelle, Patti Caccamo,Thom Duke

Crew............................................... Anthony Sheldon, Carolyn Weber
................................  Luke Hensley, Greg Giannuzzi, Margaret Boylan

Hair/Wigs............................................. Rocco Morabito, Bowen Barrs

Box Office..................................................................... Sharon Price

 

Producer

Dianna Hanger

 

Set Design, Artistry & Construction

Jim Demetrius

 

First Nighters

Patti Baldwin – Chairperson