New musical is all flappers and fun in Langley

It may be called Thoroughly Modern Millie but the new production by the HDS & LSS Musical Theatre Company whisks people to a bygone era.

Audiences will enjoy the musical tale of Millie Dillmount set in the Roaring ’20s. She has moved to the big city to make a new life for herself. It’s a time when New York is full of intrigue and jazz, an era when women were entering the workforce and social rules were changing. That often earned young women the label modern.

One of the students taking part, Emma Garland is the modern miss in this tale.

“Women were trying to be more independent or ‘modern’ as they called it,” she explained.

The play helps shine a light on some of the topics she’s learned about in school, such as Prohibition. With the U.S. prohibiting alcohol sales, people found ways to get around the law, such as underground bars (speakeasies)

“At one point in the play, we find a speakeasy,” Garland explained.

The period piece features actions by Millie and others that were ‘modern’ for that era but no more, such as going out alone, unaccompanied, or marrying a person in a visible minority.

It also features one of the unusual fixations of the era – the white slave trade, in which young women were kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery. This plays out through the unscrupulous Mrs. Meers, who runs the rooming house where Millie stays.

But there is a dashing leading man so the tale does have a fairytale ending.

Garland is no stranger to the school stage, having had roles in Steel Pier, Bye, Bye Birdie, For Old Time Sake, Les Miserable, and Sound of Plaid.

The show features a large cast, made up of about 70 students from Langley Secondary and H.D. Stafford Middle School as well as a couple dozen students performing the live music. Overseeing the show are teachers Brian Leonard, Patti Thorpe and choreographer Erin Mcquistin.

The show is unique in that every student who wants to be in it, gets a part. And they’ve been working on this since the start of the school year.

Tickets cost $12 for adults, and $10 for students and seniors.

All performances are at Langley Secondary School, 21405 56th Ave.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 and 28, and March 1, 6, 7 and 8. The 2 p.m. matinees are on March 1 and 8.

Just Posted

Walnut Grove liquor store move turned down by council

For the second time since December, council has voted against the plan.

UPDATE: At least two hospitalized after plane leaves runway at Abbotsford Airport

Incident occurred around noon on Friday; Transport Canada investigating

VIDEO: Langley crews prepare for salting and plowing

With heavy snow expected, crews are working 24-hours until the weather system passes.

TransLink says 28 new Skytrain cars to arrive early

The cars for the Expo and Millennium lines will now be delivered three years earlier

WATCH: Walnut Grove Gators take lead in AAAA basketball tournament

The Gators are heading into the finals on Sunday.

Therapy dogs make appearance at B.C. Games

The St. John’s Ambulance therapy dog program launches a pilot project at the 2018 Kamloops B.C. Winter Games

Canucks fold 5-3 in first ever trip to Vegas

Daniel Sedin had two points as Canucks fall to the Golden Knights Friday night

That’s a wrap: B.C. Games results after Day 1

Vancouver-Coastal Zone 5 is in the lead for medals Friday at the Kamloops 2018 B.C. Winter Games

Sticking the landing at the B.C. Games

Gymnasts talk competition, B.C. Winter Games, and teamwork in Kamloops

$153M in federal cash to fund child care, education training in B.C.

Bilateral agreement will create 1,370 new infant and toddler spaces

A B.C. woman talks her life in the sex trade

A view into the life from one Kelowna prostitute and the issues it can cause for women

Twitter feed prays for — instead of preying on — B.C. MLAs

Non-partisan Christian group wants to support politicians through personalized prayer

Guards hold noon-hour protest over prison safety

Number of inmates, attacks on officers, increasing says union

Hundreds march for justice in death of Winnipeg teen

Tina Fontaine was pulled from a river in 2014, her body wrapped in a blanket and weighed down by rocks

Most Read