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Broadway musical takes over high school
Gainesville High School students, from left, Chris Hallowes, Molly Jenkins, Harrison Patten, Maggie Auffarth, Patrick Rooks, Jorge Gonzalez and Karrie Franklin strike a pose Monday during dress rehearsal of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” - photo by NAT GURLEY

“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a high-spirited 1920s musical romp, is taking over the stage at Pam Ware Performing Arts Center this weekend.

More than 48 Gainesville High School students, including 18 seniors, will perform the show that took Broadway by storm.

Taking place in New York City in 1922, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz as well as a time when women were entering the workforce. Of course, the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever.

Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess, audiences will love to hate, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is an evening of madcap merriment.

Gainesville High School seniors in the show are: Maggie Auffarth, Jade Butts, Conner Calvert, Chase England, Jorge Gonzalez, Chris Hallowes, Caleb Haymann, Ginnie Highsmith, Molly Jenkins, Jordan Harste, Laura Beth Lorentz, Harrison Patten, Nadirah Robinson, Patrick Rooks, Daniel Talavera, Ashley Turner, Tyra Wimpey and Daphney Young.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $5 and can be ordered by emailing In the order, indicate how many tickets and the day of the show. Tickets can be picked up the night of the play at the box office starting at 6:30 p.m. Allow up to 48 hours for email confirmation. Tickets are no longer sold at the high school during the day.