Providence Catholic students to perform ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’
By Frank Vaisvilas Correspondent February 16, 2014 6:18PM
If you go
What: “Thoroughly Modern Millie”
When: 7 p.m., Feb. 27 to March 1; 3 p.m., March 2
Where: Bicentennial Park Theater, 201 W. Jefferson St., Joliet
Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for students
Updated: February 21, 2014 6:40PM
The final performance this school year by the Providence Catholic High School Theatre Club will be bittersweet for many of the troup’s senior actors.
“The last show will be really emotional,” said Katie Scott, of Homer Glen, who plays Mrs. Meers in the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” which is scheduled to run Feb. 27 through March 2.
Director Michele Urda began working at Providence when this year’s seniors were freshmen.
“We’re excited for them to pursue their passions,” Urda said. “But it’s sad for us because we all started with these kids. They were our first group.”
She said they’ve come a long way from performing junior Disney shows when they started. Now, the club tackles increasingly complex shows with heavier subject matters, such as “Little Women” and “Grease.”
“They’ve set the bar high,” said musical director Ann Waldron of the seniors.
Senior Abby Fritts, of Orland Park, who plays Millie in the upcoming show said the seniors had helped bring up the program. Scott added they helped prove Providence can be a theater-oriented school.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a musical that takes place in 1920s New York City where Millie Dillmount searches for a new life.
“I think everyone loves the ‘20s,” said Hannah Gleason, of Plainfield, who plays Muzzy in the show.
Clare Huguelet, of Frankfort, who plays Bun Fo, said she hopes theater-goers are transported back to the era during the show that appeals to every age group. Cast members agree that the most challenging aspect of the show compared with their past performances is the jazz dancing.
“It’s definitely the hardest dancing we’ve ever done,” Scott said.
But the students are confident they’re nailing the fast-paced routines in practice.
“I think we’re living up to the challenge,” said Eric Connelly, of Tinley Park, who plays Jimmy.
Dance choreographer Rosie Knezz said the 10 students have developed into really strong tap dancers.
As the class of seniors moves on next year, Urda said the club will continue producing challenging shows with the next group of students.
“It depends on what they bring,” Urda said of future actors at the school.