The Muscatine High School drama department is preparing for their annual spring musical coming up on April 27, 28, and 29. Showtimes are 7 p.m. each night in addition to a 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, April 29.
This year the program is putting on the show Thoroughly Modern Millie. The story takes place in 1922 and follows Millie Dillmount, a young girl from the Midwest who arrives in New York City with dreams of finding a rich man to marry and live a life of luxury. However, her plan goes completely awry. The owner of the dingy hotel she lives in is up to no good, the wealthy boss she gets a job with is slow to propose marriage, and she actually falls for a guy who doesn’t have a dime to his name. The show has themes of love, friendship, and perseverance in pursuit of your dreams.
Auditions were open to any high school student. The audition process involves performing a dialogue, performing a song, and doing a dance portion as a group. Auditions were held in December, but the drama director, Renee Mauck, has been preparing audition materials and getting the show ready since October. Rehearsal for the students started mid-February. The show has a cast of 43 onstage, nine crew, and 24 orchestra members.
“I am very excited about the large number of younger students on stage in this show. We have a smaller senior class this year, which allowed me to cast more underclassman in the show. They are gaining valuable experience and it is exciting for the future! This cast is younger on average, with less stage experience, so they are learning and have grown tremendously over the rehearsal process. They have been great to work with, very attentive,” says Mauck.
In 2011, Mauck did the Jr. version of the show Thoroughly Modern Millie with Central Middle School. She liked the show and wanted to produce the full Broadway version, but just had to wait for the right time.