HPU Theatre Features 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'


HIGH POINT, N.C., April 12, 2011 ? High Point University recently captivated audiences with its largest production to date ? the high-spirited musical ?Thoroughly Modern Millie,? in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center.

The production, directed by Doug Brown, assistant professor of theatre, featured the classic book written by Richard Morris, with music written by Jeanine Tessori and lyrics by Dick Scanlan.

Set in New York City in 1922, ?Thoroughly Modern Millie? tells the story of Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. The show is full of ?intrigue and jazz,? and is set in a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing.

The production featured seniors Jenn Arnold, Becca Donald and Ben Brown; sophomore Lauren Henkel; and freshmen Chaz Duffy and Amy Mercier.

In preparation for the play, students in the HPU Department of Theatre got the chance to work one-on-one with Broadway duo Mark Ledbetter and Jen Taylor. Ledbetter and Taylor, who have both performed in numerous theatre, film and TV productions, have also performed in ?Thoroughly Modern Millie? on Broadway. They visited the HPU campus in February to work with the students.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist


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