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  • 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'

    Teen Musical Theater of Oregon presents the Tony Award-winning musical
  • In New York City during the jazzy 1920s, fashion, music, the roles of women and the social scene are changing fast. When small-town Kansas girl Millie Dillmount moves to the Big Apple, she wishes to marry for money instead of love.
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      What: "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
      When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 6-7; 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8
      Where: Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford
      Tickets: $20; $10 for youth ...
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      If you go
      What: "Thoroughly Modern Millie"

      When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 6-7; 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8

      Where: Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford

      Tickets: $20; $10 for youth 18 and younger

      Call: 541-779-3000 or see www.craterian.org
  • In New York City during the jazzy 1920s, fashion, music, the roles of women and the social scene are changing fast. When small-town Kansas girl Millie Dillmount moves to the Big Apple, she wishes to marry for money instead of love.
    Adopting a "flapper" lifestyle, Millie gets entangled in adventures and intrigue and meets a cast of characters who remind her that she is not in Kansas anymore.
    Teen Musical Theater of Oregon will present "Thoroughly Modern Millie" with three performances set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 6-7, and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford.
    Based on the 1967 Julie Andrews film of the same name, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" originally opened on Broadway in 2002, where it earned six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
    The show is directed by Doug Warner — his fourth outing with TMTO — and choreography is by Jaese Lecuyer.
    "I really enjoyed this one," Warner says. "It's a really well-written play. Most musicals are only about the music, but this has good drama and comedy along with the great music."
    TMTO's production will showcase young singers, dancers and actors between the ages of 13 and 19, supported by a team of Southern Oregon theater professionals.
    The show features laughs, tap dancing and musical numbers such as "Not for the Life of Me," "How the Other Half Lives" and "What Do I Need With Love."
    The leading players are Kelsey Tidball as Millie Dillmount, Isaac Cosand as Jimmy Smith, Adam Lohman as Trevor Graydon and Rachel Bennion as Miss Dorothy Brown. Adult guest artist Jade Watt plays Millie's friend and mentor Muzzy Von Hossmere, while more than 30 young actors comprise the supporting cast and ensemble.
    Warner praises his actors' talents. He directed much of the principal cast multiple times since his first production with TMTO.
    "We have a lot of super-talented young actors and it's been really exciting to watch them grow," Warner says. "I like to direct young actors because it pumps life back into me. Sometimes you lose focus, and these young actors remind you why you do this."
    TMTO is a program of professionally staged, after-school and summer theater productions produced by Craterian Performances. The program provides participants with opportunities to learn Broadway-style choreography, vocal techniques and acting fundamentals, while offering performing experience in a mature and professional theater environment.
    "Theater is like sports in that you can get into it at a young age and then your life starts clicking," Warner says. "I see kids come in for their first production and they're nervous, but then they become a part of this big family. It's a group that won't get you into trouble.
    "Arts can improve your life, you learn a lot of core values that can help you later in life. Working with these kids, I get into teacher mode. There's a lot that I can pass on to them."
    Tickets cost $20, $10 for ages 18 and younger, and can be purchased at the Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., by calling 541-779-3000 or online at www.craterian.org.
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