‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ to open at Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts this weekend

Photo courtesy Thingamajig Theatre Company
Kathleen Macari stars as Millie Dillmount in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” opening at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts this weekend.

By Tess Wisher
Special to The PREVIEW
This weekend, the Thingamajig Theatre Company will be opening the third show of its summer season at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts: “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” tells the story of a bright-eyed girl, Millie Dillmount, who just stepped off the train from Kansas in New York City on a mission to find a rich man to marry. Through toe tapping tunes and tap dancing moves, Millie navigates her way through the height of the roaring ’20s.
Even more excitement lands in Millie’s lap when she discovers that Mrs. Meers, played by Anita Jo Lenhart, is running a white slavery ring out of her hotel with the help of Ching Ho and Bun Foo, played by Kenny Tran and Philip Eng. Through lots of singing, dancing and falling in love, Millie finds her way in the Big Apple, saves the day and lands the man of her dreams.
Millie, played by Kathleen Macari, has a powerhouse of a voice that ranges from the strong and defiant to the soft and sweet. Macari takes on the role with a level of honesty not often found in such high-energy Broadway musicals.
Charlie Tingen plays Jimmy Smith, Millie’s love interest. Tingen’s charming portrayal of this role is well supported by his vocal performance that is so strong it will have you leaving behind the promise of money for a great love story.
This feel-good musical is full of vicious tap numbers that push the boundaries of speed and skill. All the chorus members show off their undeniable dance skills in this production. These dances, choreographed by Pia Wyatt, energize and impress.
The costume design by Adrienne Young transports the audience back to the roaring ’20s, when hemlines were rising and fringe was the hottest thing. John Santangelo’s scenic design adds the romantic art deco dimension that was popular at the time, which is expertly highlighted by Pagosa’s favorite lighting designer, Laine Wong.
Since the show was originally premiered on Broadway in 2002, audiences have fallen in love with everything this show has to offer. You won’t need to raise your skirt or bob your hair to enjoy this production.
For more information and to reserve your tickets, go to pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW (7469).

This story was posted on July 6, 2018.