Creating musical magic – in just two weeks
Staging an all-singing, all-dancing musical from scratch in less than two weeks may sound like a tall order, but that’s just what the talented crowd from Rugby Theatre’s annual Summer Youth Project are doing.
The young performers, all aged between 10 and 21, are being put through their paces by a professional director, choreographer and musical director, and though rehearsals only began on Saturday, July 22, already song and dance routines are already taking shape.
Meanwhile, a hard-working backstage team, also made up of young people, are building the set, designing the lighting and sound, and getting ready to crew the show under the watchful eyes of the project stage managers.
It takes audiences on a musical journey back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when ‘moderns’ ─ including a flapper named Millie Dillmount ─ were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love.
“I’m sure Thoroughly Modern Millie will live up to the high standards we’ve set with previous shows. And it’s great to see all of the young people having such a wonderful time doing something so positive and creative during their summer holidays.”