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King's Players put on 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'

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  • Claire LaTourette, as Millie, rehearses with the chorus.

      Claire LaTourette, as Millie, rehearses with the chorus.
    Courtesy of The King's Players

  • Riley Brady, as Mrs. Meers, sings with Nick Cartwright, left, as Ching Ho, and Matt Fisher, right, as Bun Foo.

      Riley Brady, as Mrs. Meers, sings with Nick Cartwright, left, as Ching Ho, and Matt Fisher, right, as Bun Foo.
    Courtesy of The King's Players

Submitted by The King’s Players

The King's Players will present "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 21-23 and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights.

The King's Players are a non-for-profit theater group for students ages 11-19, sponsored by St. Mark Lutheran Church in partnership with District 214 Community Education.

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"Thoroughly Modern Millie" is a Broadway musical comedy based in New York City in 1922. It tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. New York in the Twenties is full of intrigue and jazz -- a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever.

Millie "bobs" her hair and assumes the life of a modern "flapper," but soon runs into trouble with a slavery ring that runs the hotel where she lives.

Songs include, "Gimme Gimme," "How the Other Half Lives," "Thoroughly Modern Millie," and many others.

The lead actors are: Claire LaTourette in the title role; Brent Groharing; David Brablec; Samantha Callahan; Riley Brady; Allison Kramer; Marie Kaniecki; Nick Cartwright and Matt Fisher.

The King's Players annual summer musical is directed by Jan Scott and Mark Brewer, with music direction by Ken Whitney and choreographed by Erica Stanko. Producers are Ron Godby, Kim Kaniecki, and Jean Reibel.

The production includes more than 60 cast members ages 11-19 from the Northwest suburbs who auditioned for roles in the spring and parent, student and other volunteers who design, build and change the sets, and design and run the lighting and the sound for the shows.

Musical accompaniment is provided by a live orchestra.

Tickets are $12, or $15 if bought at the door. For advance tickets call (847) 718-7702 (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.).

For additional information, contact The Kings Players at (847) 253-0631, ext. 16, or

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