St. Joseph, MI (November 9, 2009) – Kids On Stage is now accepting registrations for their spring production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr”.  Rehearsals will begin Saturday January 2, 2010 and will culminate with four performances March 5, 6 & 7 at Lakeshore High School Auditorium.   The show will be performed by one cast consisting of Junior Troupers, grade 1-3 and Super Troupers, grade 4-12.   Every child who registers is guaranteed participation in the production, regardless of talent or ability.   

Participants may register by visiting online at and printing out the registration form.  Forms may also be obtained by calling 269 313-2795.  Registration fees are $235 for Super Troupers and $215 for Junior Troupers.  There is an early bird discount of $25 for registrations received and/or postmarked by December 28, 2009.   

Rehearsals are on Saturdays beginning January 2 from 9:00am – 4:00pm.  Rehearsal times will be modified as rehearsals progress.  Additional rehearsals for those with principal parts will also be held on Thursday and Friday afternoons.  Optional rehearsals will also be held on some Thursday & Fridays for the entire cast to rehearse music.  Rehearsals are at The Chapel (Multi Purpose Room), 4250 Washington Ave., St. Joseph, just south of Glenlord Rd.  For complete rehearsal and performance information visit the Kids On Stage web site:  

Thoroughly Modern Millie is a zany 1920’s musical romp that has everyone dancing the Charleston.  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 behavior were changing forever.

Based on the popular movie, the stage version of Thoroughly Modern Millie includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. And with the role of Millie Dillmount, musical theatre found a new heroine for the ages in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Partial scholarships are available to any participant on a “first come/first served” basis.  The application process is initiated by calling Doug Fordyce at 269 313-2795.  Parents of scholarship recipients are asked to help out with the production process by volunteering in some capacity.  No child will ever be turned away simply because of a financial need.  

Kids On Stage is a National Youth Theatre award winning theatre company dedicated to the development of life skills in children through the performing arts.  Since 1996, as founder and former director of Children’s Music Workshop, Doug Fordyce, along with his wife Jeri, has developed a solid reputation for impacting the lives of children with personal growth through music and theatre.  Kids On Stage is a values driven opportunity for school age kids to grow in self-confidence and communication skills through the preparation and performance of high quality musical productions.  Through this process children learn fundamentals of practical theatre, vocal projection, stage presence, basic choreography and make-up.  Emphasis is placed on teamwork, self-accountability, commitment and self-fulfillment through hard work and accomplishment.  



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