Students in Thoroughly Modern take on theatre

Thoroughly Modern Millie at Blackpool Sixth Form College
Thoroughly Modern Millie at Blackpool Sixth Form College
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Students at Blackpool Sixth Form College have taken a ‘thoroughly modern’ approach to their latest show.

The curtain goes up this evening on the three-night run of Thoroughly Modern Millie at the college’s theatre.

In a new twist this year, students have taken on additional production team roles as well as appearing on stage.

Director and performing arts curriculum leader, Graham Hamlyn said: “A feature of this year’s musical show is that we have made our production team larger this year by enlisting the skills and talents of our own students.

“We have student dance captains, assistant choreographers, ensemble directors, a chorus master and a stage manager all appointed from our students within the cast.”

Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of Kansas-born Millie Dillmount, played by Sarah Ward, from central Blackpool, making her way to find work – and a husband – in New York in 1922.

She immerses herself in the lifestyle of the ‘moderns’ while living at the strange Mrs Meers’ Hotel Priscilla – where all is not what it seems, which is also the case for her developing relationship with ‘chancer’ Jimmy Smith, played by Joshua Warburton, 18, from Squires Gate.

The show runs until Friday, performances at 7pm. Tickets cost £6 and £4 for students/concessions, from or on the door.