It’s the Roaring 20’s at the Canyon Theatre Guild and bands were “getting jazzier, cars were getting snazzier” and women were bobbing their hair and entering the work place. Millie Dilmount (Justine Celeste Meza) arrives in New York in search of a new life for herself, which includes marrying her boss – whoever he might be.
The rules of love and social behavior were in the process of changing forever, and Millie is a part of that change. She meets brash young Jimmy Smith (Tom Lund) who captures her heart but flits from job to job without a care about financial security. Millie’s boss, Trevor Graydon (Kelly Roberts) is the man of Millie’s dreams until he falls for Millie’s best friend, Miss Dorothy (Stephanie Klimek).
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Throw in a comic villain, Mrs. Meers (Heidi Appe), a failed actress who now, disguised as a kindly Asian woman, runs a hotel for young single women, and you have the recipe for comedy. Mrs. Meers’ side business is not so benign, however. She kidnaps those young women who are orphans and sells them into slavery in China. However, good triumphs over evil and love conquers all, especially with the help of some delightful songs, energetic dancing, and show-stopping numbers.
The cast includes Marcus Langston and Monica Ubungen as Ching Ho and Bun Foo, Aubree Garman as Miss Flannery, and Sarah Lang as Muzzy Van Hosmire. Also in the cast are Patrick Mannion, Joe Aboulafia, Sierra Clarke, Katy Fortman, Natalie Fortman, Andrea Judd, Kaitlyn Reuben, Everett Lewis, Gregory Rosenberg, Stephen Tako, and Joy Norton who understudies Millie.
Director Patti Finley heads “Millie’s” artistic team; Marla Khayat is assistant director, John Fortman is vocal director and Rena Lee Bailey-Barrett is choreographer. Janet McAnany is the costume designer, Aaron Steele is lighting designer and Greg Finley is designing the sound. The set was designed by Michael Davies and Patrick Mannion, Jill McGlynn is set decorator and Susan Hart is stage manager.
Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM on May 26, June 2, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM on May 27, June 3, 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24. Reservations may be made by calling the Box Office, at 661-799-2702. Parental guidance is recommended.
Tickets are $15 for Juniors and Seniors, $17 for Adults. The Canyon Theatre Guild is still offering free tickets to the unemployed and their family, with proof of unemployment. The CTG now offers student rush tickets one-half hour before curtain time (no reservations). The theatre is at 24242 Main Street, in the heart of Old Town Newhall.