PRENDIVILLE Catholic College is “taking a chance” with this year’s major musical production.
Producer and head of dance and drama Steve Marshall said the school’s previous two shows, Grease and Hairspray, “appealed to the masses”, but this year’s choice was Thoroughly Modern Millie, set in New York in 1922.
“The roaring ’20s brought new styles of music into mainstream American culture,” he said.
“Jazz became the most popular musical form for young people with its energetic swing numbers, sprightly dixieland rhythms and sweeping ballads.
“The musical score of Thoroughly Modern Millie encompasses all that is great about this era and has captured the ears of audiences worldwide, with Tony Awards for best orchestration, best original score and best musical.”
Based on the 1967 film of the same name and starring Julie Andrews, the show tells of young Millie Dillmount who has just moved to the city in search of a new life.
It is a time when women are entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behaviour are changing forever.
Mr Marshall said the production had been two years in the making, with planning starting in 2015, auditions held mid-last year and rehearsals starting by the end of the year.
It involves 43 students between years 8 and 12 as well as 11 students in the backstage crew and 10 in the orchestra.
Mr Marshall said the commitment from the students had been amazing, with rehearsals two afternoons a week and sometimes all day on a Sunday.
“It’s an exhausting undertaking by the students but they shine on stage and opportunities such as this develop their resilience and sense of community spirit,” he said.
“Involving themselves in a production of this size also teaches them about teamwork, patience and professionalism.”
Students will perform in the 300-seat auditorium in the school’s Redmond Theatre to what they expect will be sell-out audiences.
Shows will be at 7.30pm on May 10-13, and 1.30pm on May 13.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for concession or $99 for a family of two adults and two concessions from www.trybooking.com /262484.