“Thoroughly Modern Millie” opens June 24 at Rabbit Run Theater

 Actors are Stephanie Harden as Millie and Ian Jones as Jimmy Smith. Photo credit: Kathy Sandham

Actors are Stephanie Harden as Millie and Ian Jones as Jimmy Smith.
Photo credit: Kathy Sandham

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” opens June 24 at Rabbit Run Theater in Madison.  With lyrics by Dick Scanlan and music by Jeanine Tesori and book by Richard Henry Morris and Dick Scanlan, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is based on the 1967 film of the same name.

Its 1922 and the height of the Jazz Age, as young Millie Dillmount hits New York City with no money but big dreams to find a wealthy husband. Filled with flappers, dashing leading men and a madcap villainess, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a musical suitable for family entertainment.

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” is directed by Brint Learned, executive director of Rabbit Run Community Arts Association in Madison.  For the past 20 years, Learned has acted and directed at numerous theaters in Northeast Ohio, including The Fine Arts Association, The Beck Center for the Arts, Lakeland Civic Theatre, Lake Erie College and Ashtabula Arts Center.

“Millie is simply put, pure old-fashioned entertainment,” said Learned.  “With laugh-out- loud characters who touch the heart, and thrilling, toe-tapping musical numbers, Millie is a joyful celebration of life and love.”

MillieFINAL“We frequently offer productions at Rabbit Run featuring dance, but rarely at this level.  The hours that have gone into the choreography for this production have been grueling for the cast, but exciting in the final outcome.”

“The response to our auditions this season has been gratifying.  Typically, Millie is performed with a cast of 22.  We had so many wonderful performers audition for the production, we decided to fill the stage with talent and expand the cast to 34.”

Playing the role of Millie is Stephanie Harden.  Harden has performed at several theaters in the area including The Beck Center for the Arts, Lakeland Civic Theatre and Rabbit Run Theater.  She has also performed with the Cleveland POPs Chorus.

Playing opposite Harden is Ian Jones as Jimmy Smith, Millie’s love interest.  Jones performed last summer in Rabbit Run’s production of “Hello, Dolly!”  He has also performed with the Dayton Opera and at the Cassidy Theatre.

Also appearing is Brian Altman as Trevor Graydon and Ingrid Balstad as Muzzy.  Sandy Kosovich Peck is portraying Mrs. Meers with Tyler Collins as Ching Ho and Jayson Gage as Bun Foo, Mrs. Meers’ partners in crime.RabbitRunlogox225

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” opens Friday, June 24 and runs through Sunday, July 10.  Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line at www.rabbitrunonline.org.  Tickets are $22/adult and $20/senior, student.  For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the new picnic pavilion or courtyards.

All shows begin at 8 p.m.  Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH.  Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Behm Family Funeral Home, Chemsultants and McDonalds, Damon Morgan Corporation.

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