Join the discussion.

Inklings News

Join the discussion.

Inklings News

Join the discussion.

Inklings News

Staples Players Taps into “Thoroughly Modern Millie”


If there is one thing that makes a Staples Players production unique from other high school shows, its the high caliber dancing and acting. Their next play, “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” is sure to live up to expectations set by previous shows. In fact, it may even exceed; tap dancing in many scenes is sure to add to the excitement and talent that are present in every Players production.

The show is adapted from a 1967 film of the same name and tells the story of Millie, a girl from a small town coming to New York City seeking to marry not for  love, but for money.

Amanda Horowitz ’14, who plays the role of Millie, explained what audiences can look forward to seeing in this production. “This show is known for it’s huge tap numbers and show stopping songs,” she said.

Indeed, tap makes up a large component of the dancing that takes place in the show, but many cast members were quick to point out the humor in the script.

Will Haskell ’14, who plays Ching Ho, a Chinese immigrant, described Millie as standout for its comedic aspects. “This show is going to be awesome and different, primarily because it is hilarious,” Haskell said.

Cast member Emily Ressler ‘14, who will be playing Miss Dorothy Brown, Millie’s best friend, urged audiences to attend the show for the same reason as Haskell: the jokes.

“[There are] really over-the-top comedic moments that are going to be fun for the cast, but even more enjoyable for the audience,” she said.

And if the spectacular humor isn’t enough to draw audience members in, they can always count on Players to amp up the showtunes.

Cara McNiff ’14, who plays the role of Muzzy Van Hossmere, a famous singer, brought attention to yet another aspect of the play that sets Millie apart from the rest. “The music in this show is so incredibly good ” she said.

Haskell’s reason to see the show is simple, but truly convincing: “It’s a great story [and] a great depiction of a fascinating piece of American history,” he said.

Thoroughly Modern Millie will be performed on Nov. 15, 16, 17, 22, and 23.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributor
Greta Bjornson, News Editor
After three years of writing for Inklings, Greta Bjornson ’15 is news page editor, and has a passion for creative writing and protecting the environment. Her favorite types of articles to write are feature articles, and although she admits to not being the “loudest person in class,” her writing lets her express her wit, especially in her column Pumpkin gone wrong: the worst pumpkin foods. Outside of Inklings, she does all that she can to make a difference in the world since she knows that the environment is facing many problems right now. “My family gets really annoyed with me because I am crazy about recycling,” Bjornson said. She even admits to taking plastic items out of the trash when placed in the wrong bin. She is mainly interested in marine biology, and since she is certified in scuba diving she has done a volunteer trip to rebuild a coral reef off of Key West, Florida. Becoming a marine biologist is very important to Bjornson, but she also would like to write for a magazine when she grows up. “With whatever I end up doing, I just want to make a difference some way,” Bjornson said. With her drive to improve the world’s conflict, she is going to be a news editor who will always be dedicated to her work.  

Comments (0)

All Inklings News Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *