The students at Legacy Preparatory Academy will get the chance to prove what they can do in the school’s upcoming production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.,” running now through March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Northwest Middle School auditorium in Salt Lake City.
For director Catherine Hale, the best part about getting ready for the musical has been spending time with the performers.
“This is my first year, and my favorite thing has been getting to know these kids and seeing how much talent they have here,” she said. “They can do it all – sing, dance and act.”
The musical follows a young woman who comes to New York with the goal of marrying a rich man, but falls in love with a poor young guy who is skittish of commitment.
Further complications come into Millie’s life when the hotel she checks into is really a front for something much more sinister, though in “Millie” the danger comes mostly in the form of slapstick.
“It’s a really light-hearted musical,” said Hale. “It’s very comical, fun and happy-go-lucky.”
As with many “Jr.”-ified musicals, the script has been altered somewhat to make the musical suitable for a younger audience. Hale and her cast have been using that fact to their full advantage, taking the musical to Legacy’s elementary and to other charter schools around the county.
“The kids have done a ton of after-school rehearsals and assemblies,” said Hale. “They have to keep their grades up at the same time, and I’ve been really impressed by how these kids have balanced everything.
Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for adults, or $25 for a family of four or more. They can be purchased at the door, which will open at 7 p.m. the night of the show. For more information, call 801-936-0555.