Thoroughly Enjoyable Show
The Charleston Light Opera Guild’s contribution to FestivALL is their production of the Broadway musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Based on the 1967 movie, this play is a fun little romp through the Roaring ’20s, complete with flappers, white slavers, and New York high society.
The play begins as Millie Dillmount (Elizabeth Falstreau) arrives in the big city, ready to make it big. Along the way, she devises a plan to marry her boss, meets a gaggle of showgirls, and moves into the Hotel Priscilla. The hotel is run by Mrs. Meers (Linda Barbara Reynolds), who is actually a criminal on the lam, posing as a Chinese woman. I won’t spoil the details of the plot beyond this. This is a fun show with memorable tunes and some wonderful performances.
Elizabeth Falstreau is perfect as the wide-eyed ingenue, Millie. Chris Williams does a great job as her guy pal, Jimmy Smith. Linda Barbara Reynolds steals the show as Mrs. Meers with her memorable song, “They Don’t Know.” Shefica A. Heyliger is great as Muzzy Van Hossmere, who comes off here as sort of a combination of Queen Latifah, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Josephine Baker.
The show also sports a large and talented ensemble who fill out so many roles they make the cast seem three times bigger than it is.
Don’t just take my word for it. Check out the thoroughly modern YouTube clip below.
Follow the jump for our big MEGO MEET photo essay!
Looking Back at Mego Meet
The International Mego Collectors Convention took place at the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum in Wheeling last weekend. Youe PopCulteer made the trek Northward, and here’s part of what we saw:
PopCult/Radio Free Charleston FestivALL Schedule
FestivALL is upon us and the Radio Free Charleston cameras will be out on the town, hitting up as many of the free events as we can skitter to. Here’s a listing of the events where you can probably find the RFC crew, just in case you want to pelt us with rocks and garbage:
Friday night, we will be recording The Boatmen and 600 Lbs Of Sin at Live On The Levee.
Saturday morning will find us at the FestivALL Art Parade on Capitol Street at 10:00 AM. We will spend the rest of the day scampering betwixt the Smoke On The Water Chili Cookoff at Haddad Riverfront Park and the Music Works Songwriter Invitational at Capitol Roasters. We will be there to partake of the music, not of the chili. We’re still trying to wrap our brains around the concept of holding a chili cookoff in ninety degree weather, since that’s about seventy degrees warmer than the ideal chili eating temperature.
Sunday finds us at the Clay Center at 2:00 PM, where we will be recording highlights of Kingfish Five, The Contemporary Youth Arts Company, the No Pants Players, and WATT4. At 5:30, we’ll be heading over to Habitat ReStore for the StreetWorks Art Auction, where the original art for this year’s brick designs will be available for sale to the highest bidders, with half the money going to benefit East End Main Street. You can see my brick design below. Please bring barrels of money to fling at it.
That’s it this week.
In next week’s PopCult, look for many episodes of Radio Free Charleston, plus tons of other FestivALL coverage.