R2P shows off “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at the State Theatre

by imageguy

Running To Places Theatre Company presented “Thoroughly Modern Millie” from July 29th through the 31st at Ithaca’s State Theatre as the next to last show in their 2011 Season.  Next up will be Cinderella again at the State. A fantastic performance as always, this time headlined by Wynter LaTorre-Osavaska as Millie, Marcel Merwin as Jimmy Smith, Rachel Harrington as Mrs. Meers, Emily Behrmann-Fowler as Miss Dorothy, Austin Brecht as Mr. Graydon, and  Salma Arif as Muzzy, with great support from Sam Bobertz and Chunmei McKernan as Ching Ho and Bun Foo and a host of other cast members.

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Outstanding performances came from Wynter, Emily, and Marcel, and fabulous humor, personality, and entertainment from Austin and Rachel. Austin and Emily were particularly great in “Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life / Falling In Love”. And I thought Millie’s (Wynter’s) star performances came in “Jimmy” and  “Gimme, Gimme”. Rachel played the wicked Mrs. Meers to great delight, and Marcel shined in “What Do I Need With Love”.

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Elaborate sets designed again by David Arsenault set the stage for an amazingly professional feeling as one scene after the other changed and shifted to create an array of settings with fabulous color and character. The sets get more elaborate and sophisticated with each show. The company has come so far from its first season and just continues to grow and produce more exciting shows with each production.

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Todd Peterson choreographed great dance numbers for this show with tap, jazz, and ballroom performances. Marcel Merwin showed off his considerable dance talents in “What Do I Need With Love”.

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So a standing ovation for all the cast, crew, and orchestra for another outstanding R2P show. You give us all such joy with what you bring.

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