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Darby's production of 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' slated this weekend


The Hilliard Darby High School drama department will present its spring musical production, Thoroughly Modern Millie, May 3-5 at the school's performing arts center.

Justin Gates is the director.

"It's a fun show with a lot of memorable music," Gates said. "It's one of those plays where someone hears a song and says, 'I know that from somewhere,' but can't place it."

How the Other Half Lives, They Don't Know and Forget About the Boy are among the original songs in the production.

Set in 1922 in New York City, the play follows Millie, a small-town Kansas girl, and the play's villain, Mrs. Meers.

"The play is also a history lesson," Gates said.

It explores the changing role of women, who had obtained the right to vote just two years prior, in both the workplace and society.

Cast members include senior Emily Ludwig in the title role of Millie Dillmount.

Senior Kevin Heuer portrays Jimmy Smith; senior Devon Mushalko plays Mrs. Meers; and senior Brittany Sulainis is Miss Dorothy Brown.

Ludwig, 18, said she finds the role of Millie an easier character than others because she and Millie are close in age.

"(Millie) is a girl from a small town who goes to New York City to make it," Ludwig said. "She wants to be 'modern' and marry a rich husband."

But sometimes romances lead people in alternate directions, Ludwig said.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the high school, 4200 Leppert Road.

Tickets are $8, $7 for students and Golden Buckeye card holders. Tickets are available at the door and in advance online at localevelevents.com or darbytheatre.com.