Thoroughly Modern Millie
Director: James Palmer, Musical Director: Mark Turvill, Choreographers: James Palmer & Samantha Finch
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 for herself. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behaviour were changing forever. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment.
WWAOS performs at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse,
an intimate theatre nestled in the heart of Walton-on-Thames.
The Playhouse has free parking, including two accessible parking spaces.
The theatre and its facilities are fully wheelchair accessible.
To help our front of house staff, we would be grateful to be advised ahead of time if you are requiring wheelchair access,
so that the auditorium can be prepared accordingly in advance.
The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse
Walton On Thames
The Production Team
Over the past few years Sam has been seen treading the boards with WWAOS as a ‘young’ talented hoofer, a teapot and a loveable lady of the night, during her time with WWAOS since 2013.
Thoroughly Modern Millie is Samantha’s third foray into the choreographic world, having made her debut with Copacabana in Dec 2017, and more recently choreographing Oklahoma! last May, which had long been a favourite musical.
Director & Choreographer
James joined WWAOS at the end of 2002; and since then has been lucky enough to have trained at and sung in many well-known venues, ranging from Winchester Cathedral (where he was recorded for BBC Radio 4) to RADA; as well as both having the privilege of working in the West End for over eighteen months, after leaving college and recording two albums.
From a very early age, James showed both a talent and interest in all aspects of the Performing Arts. Over the last two decades he has built up a wealth of experience both on and off stage, scholastically and extra-curricularly; and as such is well known theatrically within the local community, having worked with many of the local societies.
This passion and enthusiasm led him to a degree in Drama and Education at the University of Winchester, where he wrote his dissertation on the works of Stephen Sondheim; and to the position of Director of Musical Theatre with Wentworth Dance Centre.
James is delighted to be returning to directing and choreographing alongside long-term friend Mark, with whom he has worked successfully many times before, most recently at the helm for WWAOS' production of Spamalot in 2018.
Having spent the last 15 years treading the boards with the society playing roles including Tony Forte (Copacabana), Kips (Half a Sixpence) and Drake (HONK!), Mark is glad once again, to not have to learn any lines! Although, having said that Mark is never shy to sing in any role at rehearsal (male or female!).
Mark made his MD debut for KASJOG’s production of The Mikado which was nominated for a NODA Accolade of Excellence.
Thoroughly Modern Millie will be his third venture waving the baton, once again working alongside James, which always proves to be highly enjoyable, having previously collaborated on the society's highly acclaimed 2018 production of Spamalot.
He is glad to have the opportunity to work with WWAOS, not only being such a talented bunch of people, but such good friends. He would like to thank them for their patience, and for not laughing to much at his poor attempts of sight reading when occasionally having to accompany rehearsals.