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Jefferson High School students present 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'

Contributed Anna Peterson (Millie) and Aaron Halvorson (Jimmy) rehearse for Jefferson High School’s upcoming musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, to be performed April 24-27 at the Discovery Middle School auditorium in Alexandria. (Contributed)

Fringe-style dresses, the Charleston, “Judas Hole-style” speakeasies, tap dancing, and a determined flapper heroine will take the stage as the Jefferson High School (JHS) theater department in Alexandria presents the jazz-age musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.

JHS’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie will run Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. at the Discovery Middle School (DMS) auditorium in Alexandria.

Set in the 1920s, Thoroughly Modern Millie is loosely based on the film of the same name, starring Julie Andrews. It follows a young girl from Kansas, Millie Dillmount, as she sets out to make a life for herself in New York City. Millie raises her hemline, bobs her hair and sets her eye on her boss, Trevor Graydon III.

Alongside Millie on her journey are a handsome charmer with a mysterious past, Jimmy Smith, and a well-mannered rich girl, Miss Dorothy Brown.

At one point in the show, songstress Muzzy gives Millie a simple piece of advice that leads to Millie’s final decision in the end: “Follow your heart.”

Director/choreographer Jessica Chipman hopes that line will tug at the audience’s heartstrings.

“Many people can relate to being at a crossroads where we don’t know which path to take, like the predicament Millie finds herself in,” she said. “Muzzy’s three simple words are a great reminder in those times.”

With a book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan and music and lyrics by Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan, Thoroughly Modern Millie took to Broadway in 2002, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical.

The score features songs including Gimme Gimme, I Turned the Corner, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Speed Test.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students. They can be reserved by calling the JHS activities office at (320) 762-2142, extension 4530.


Millie Dillmount – Anna Peterson

Jimmy Smith – Aaron Halvorson

Ruth – Haley Wegner

Gloria – Kylee Johnson

Rita – Emily Prestby

Alice – Bailee Atchison

Cora – Mari Wosepka

Lucille – Alyssa Welle

Ethel Peas – Paige Mackedanz

Mrs. Meers – Molly Fitzgerald

Miss Dorothy Brown – Tori Long

Ching Ho – Jimmy Pfeffer

Bun Foo – Kyle Pietrowski

Miss Flannery – Danielle Cumberbatch

Mr. Trevor Graydon – Max Jacobson

The Pearl Lady – Kendra Sukke

The Letch – Henri Santelman

Policeman – Cody Smith

Muzzy Van Hossmere – Kari Norheim

George Gershwin – Tyler Carlson

Dorothy Parker – Abby Biegner

Rodney – Andy Sheets

Kenneth – Dan Roers

Dishwashers – Tristen Chamberlin, Clayton Forester

Ensemble – Winston Anderson, Benjamin Long

Daphne – Isabelle Hartokolis

Dexter – Elliot Jacobson

Mathilde – Claire Wilmesmeier

Mama – Ian Heseltine


Director/choreographer – Jessica Chipman

Assistant director/choreographer – Kayla Noble

Choreographer – Anna Peterson

Assistant director/orchestra director – Raymond Noble

Stage managers – Sylina Hyrtel, Alicia Siira

Set design – Jay Chipman

Costume design – Lynne Cosmano, Sue Dumm, Jodi Hintzen, Jodea Johnson, Deb Long

Light Design – Alex Shockley

Poster design – Maddie Carlson

Other crew – Annika Peck, Andrea Gerdes, Amanda Johnson, Emily Buggert, Caleb Buggert, Gabe Clauson-Klepper, Brittany Wallerich, Spencer Vogel, Felicia Greene, Lexi Hagen, Emily Erickson, Katie Bowen.


Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

They can be reserved by calling the

Jefferson High School activities office

at (320) 762-2142, extension 4530.