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NY Mills students perform Thoroughly Modern Millie

Students at NY Mills are getting ready for a performance of "Thoroughly Modern Millie," a 1920s American classic.

Students in New York Mills are gearing up for a performance of epic proportions.

On Nov. 18-20, students will entertain with the musical, "Thoroughly Modern Millie," a tale that includes plenty of drama, dancing and fun.

Characters will tell the story of a young, small town girl, Millie, who ventures out in the 1920s to New York City. Rather than searching for fame and fortune, Millie sets out on a hunt for a wealthy husband - and she chooses her boss as her main man of interest.

However, like any good plot, things don't really go according to plan. Millie, played by Jackie Imsande, winds up meeting a man who doesn't seem to have all that much in the way of money.

Co-director Carri Ann Pollard said the performance sets a classic 1920s scene, when prohibition was enforced and rebels escaped to the speak easy setting.

"There are a lot of fun dance numbers and music throughout the whole thing," she said.

Along with plenty of music and dance numbers, students will shine with their character portrayals. Terry Lillis is taking on the role of the boss, while Evan Menze is playing the role of the penniless love interest of Millie's.

Other star roles are played by Becky Wegscheid and Lacey Guck.

Pollard said the audience will be dazzled from the moment they walk in for the performance. With 'paper boys' standing on corners and décor depicting a 1920s street scene, the show will begin even before the curtain is drawn.

"From the moment they walk in the door, people will be in character," she said.

Pollard said she's been impressed with the actors, as they've jumped in to fill the roles of some pretty big shoes left behind by 2011 seniors.

"The guys have really stepped up," she said.

She's also seen the students take on some pretty challenging song and dance routines.

"We've pushed the limit in sets, dance and singing," she said.

"We gave them a challenge and they're rising to it," she added.

The show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19. A Sunday, Nov. 20 show will be held at 2 p.m.