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Getting Modern

Senior journalism major Diego Sandino offers a behind-the-scenes look at Ohio Northern University’s 2012 spring musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Ohio Northern University's Freed Center for the Performing Arts will present the musical production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in the Biggs Theatre from April 19-22 at 7:30 p.m. and April 21-22 at 2 p.m.

“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a musical based on the 1967 film of the same title, centers on Millie, a small-town girl from Kansas who has recently moved to New York City, and her drive to become a modern-day woman in 1922. The play deals with Millie’s ambition to marry for money instead of love – a modern trend in the 1920s when women were just entering the workforce.

Playing the lead role of Millie Dillmount is Rebecca Brunelle, a senior communication arts major from Lima, Ohio. Jimmy Smith is being played by Matthew Rarey, a senior communication arts major from Findlay, Ohio. Miss Dorothy Brown is being played by Mary Beth Donahoe, a senior theatre arts/musical theatre major from Lakewood, Ohio. Trevor Dorner, a sophomore theatre arts/musical theatre major from Perrysburg, Ohio, is playing the role of Trevor Graydon III.

Kayla Burress, a freshman theatre arts/musical theatre major from Cincinnati, Ohio, is playing Mrs. Meers. Sarah Novak, a sophomore theatre arts/musical theatre major from Floyds Knobs, Ind., is playing Muzzy Van Hossmere. Sarah Loman, a junior musical theatre major from Dallas, Texas, is playing Miss Flannery.

The show is under the direction of Brandon Ivie and was choreographed by Sean McKnight.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and students, and $9 for children. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling 419-772-1900. Tickets also are available online at