Thoroughly Modern Millie is an oddly comical story. All you need to do is read a synopsis and then prepare yourself for an evening of quirky hilarity. There was a palpable enthusiasm from the cast of STAMPS as they took to the stage, and a strong sense of camaraderie that translated through to the audience throughout the night.
Committed performances from all involved resulted in an enjoyable show, with some particular standout moments. Becky Wicketts took on the role of title character Millie, she really grew into the role as the show went on. A young Jimmy was played exceptionally well by Jack Walsh - although sporting a very youthful complexion he tackled the maturity of the character well, with excellent diction.
But it is the featured actors where the hilarity lay. The American-Chinese con artist Mrs Meers (Rosie Asher) was an utter delight. With laughs aplenty from the audience, there was a sense of anticipation as she came on stage. She was joined by James Kelly as an endearing Ching Ho and Michael Smith as Bun Foo - a double act which helped break up the story. Combined as a 'villainous' trio, a particular highlight was Muquin with tight harmonies.
Another beautifully harmonised moment was between the quartet of Millie, Jimmy, Miss Dorothy (Lucy Clarke) and Trevor (Kris Evans), each showcasing their vocal ability. There were some sound balance issues in the first half, with dialogue and song missed over the music. However, as the show progressed these issues were ironed out and the second act was pacy, opening vibrantly with Forget About The Boy.
Special mentions must also go to Kim Bradshaw as Miss Flannery/Ethel Peas and Sophie Kowalewsky who both stood out throughout the show.
The beauty of this show all boils down to one word: team. Everyone on stage was enjoying themselves, working together and more than delivering a show, they were celebrating their love of theatre as a family - and that was lovely.
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