TYA's summer musical opens Thursday night
There is a lot of young talent in town, according to Merial Cornell, co-director at Trumbull Youth Department, and that talent will be on full display this week in the Trumbull Youth Association’s production of Thoroughly Modern Milllie.
Thoroughly Modern Millie, a “zany” 1920’s musical, opens Thursday Aug. 1 at Trumbull High School auditorium and runs through Aug. 4.
Cornell and Mary Joan Wright are co-producers of the summer musical and this summer Brett Boles, an award-winning musical theatre composer, lyricist, librettist and performer is on board as director. He has worked both in the community and professionally for the past ten years. Boles has worked with some of Broadway’s best, including Jeremy Jordan, Josh Young, Janine DiVita, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Richard Kind, Stephen Schwartz, Frank Wildhorn, and Linda Eder.
The 66 students cast in the show and 30-person crew have been working hard since rehearsals began June 24.
“I love watching kids fall in love with the process of creating a living, breathing piece of art,” Boles said last week of directing. “There is a lot of things to be proud of in this production — all of the elements are coming together so well. But I’d have to say that I’m most proud of the professionalism and dedication that each student has brought to the show, and I’m proud of how much they have all learned throughout the past few weeks.”
David Harris is TYA’s musical director for the summer production and Lisa Mennilli is the choreographer.
‘Millie’ is also a chance for residents to see a good show close to home.
“It provides some of the only live theater this town has,” Cornell said of TYA.
Performances on Aug. 1, 2 and 3 are at 8 p.m. each night and a 2 p.m. show is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 4.
Boles said the audience plays an important part in the summer production.
“Not only does an audience get to be entertained by some mighty talented performers, but they actually get to participate in the creation simply by being there and lending their energy to the space,” he said. Shows don't happen without an audience.
“Also, Millie is a feel-good show with catchy tunes and great lyrics, and it's just a lot of fun — so if you're looking for an all-around good time, come see our show,” Boles said.
Detailed information and online ticket sales can be found the TYA website: www.trumbullyouth.org. If you have any questions contact the Trumbull Youth Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 452-5032.