Tuesday Jul 15 2008
Oak Ridge grad plays lead role
By: Sarah Nowshiravan
‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ debuts at Jill Solberg Theater on Friday
Lauryn Caruso, a 2008 graduate of Oak Ridge High, dares to dream big when it comes to her passion for performing on stage. Caruso’s about to turn her dream into reality starting Friday when she plays the lead role of Millie Dillmount in the El Dorado Musical Theatre presentation of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” The musical runs through July 27 with all performances at Jill Solberg Theater on the Folsom High School campus. “It is a beautiful love story and so funny as well as entertaining and I am so excited,” Caruso said. “This has been my dream role since I first saw the Broadway show in New York because Millie is a huge part and she’s just such a strong character and so spunky.” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a remake of the 1967 film, received a Tony award in 2002. It’s the story of an adolescent girl from Kansas, who travels to New York to accomplish her goal of becoming a “thoroughly modern” woman and finding a man of wealth then with love for her. Along the way she encounters a variety of different characters that broaden her mind in ways she never knew were possible. Another El Dorado Hills resident starring in the musical is Spencer Borup, 18, who plays the role of Trevor Graydon. “It is going to be great,” said Borup, who has been with EDMT since he was 11. “I leave for college in the fall so this is my last performance with EDMT and it going to be a great one.” In addition, three of the nine main roles, are played by actors from El Dorado Hills including Brian Farmer, who plays Bun Foo, Krista Mackin, who plays Dorothy Brown, and Chris Meissner, who plays Jimmy Smith. Two others who have major parts are from Cameron Park including Hillary Wells, who plays Mrs. Meers and Helen Regula, who plays Miss Flannery.