‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ steps out on stage

A STAGE REUNION: Stoneham Theatre presents the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” Thursday through May 12.

The production reunites three women who were part of Stoneham’s season 11 production of “42nd Street:” director-choreographer Ilyse Robbins, and actresses Ephie Aardema and Kathy St. George.

“These two women are not only amazingly talented, but are also full of professionalism and grace,” Robbins said. “I am lucky to call them not only colleagues, but friends.”


For Aardema, who is based in New York, the feeling is mutual: “Playing Millie under the direction of Ilyse and alongside Kathy is beyond thrilling. To be surrounded by people you admire makes this undertaking all the more exciting.”

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St. George, a Stoneham native and local favorite who is currently on tour in “Menopause The Musical,” is excited to be returning home.

“I’ve worked with Ilyse on many shows in and around Boston, and she is extraordinary,” St. George said. “Ephie is a true triple threat. I’m a lucky gal to be reunited with these two fabulous women.”

St. George portrays the character Muzzy. And New York actor Noah Zachary joins the cast of 20 as Millie’s love interest, Jimmy.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays.


Tickets are $48 for a premium orchestra seat; $44 for a standard orchestra seat; and $42 and $40 for senior citizens. Thursday is a pay-what-you-can night.

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LOCAL TALENT ROCKS: Five of the seven actors in a production of

Tom Rash of Rockport, Sean Crosley of Middleton, and Colin Budzyna of Newburyport appear in Boston Children's Theatre's production of "Schoolhouse Rock!" at the Boston Center for the Arts April 19 - May 5.

“Schoolhouse Rock!,” presented by Boston Children’s Theatre Friday through May 5, are from communities north of Boston.

They include Sean Crosley and Rachael LeBlanc of Middleton; Colin Budzyna of Newburyport; Maritza Bostic of Reading; and Tom Rash of Rockport.


All have extensive theatrical resumes, including many productions with Boston Children’s Theatre as well as other companies.

Crosley, 22, sings many of the popular songs in the show, including “Conjunction Junction.” In addition to performing in musicals, he placed in the top three of the 2013 North Shore Star competition.

LeBlanc, 17, is making her Boston Children’s Theatre debut. She has appeared in many productions at Masconomet Regional High School, where she is a student.

Budzyna, 16, performs such favorite songs as “Just a Bill” and “3 is the Magic Number.” He is a 2013 IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Award nominee for his role as Calvin in the Boston Children’s Theatre world premiere musical “Calvin’s Monster.”

Bostic, 20, of Reading, is a student at Salem State University. She has performed widely.

Rash, 22, was most recently seen in Boston Children’s Theatre productions of “Reflections of a Rock Lobster” and “Honk!”

“Schoolhouse Rock!,” based on the popular Saturday morning cartoons of the 1970s and ’80s, is a musical and educational journey into the worlds of multiplication, science, government, and grammar.

Performances at the Boston Center for the Arts are 2 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 4 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25. School groups can also reserve tickets for weekday

Portrait in Black Fabric photograph by Kathleen Gerdon Archer.


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AUTHOR’S CORNER: Maureen Stanton, an English professor at the University Massachusetts Lowell, speaks about her book, “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Langley-Adams Public Library in Groveland. “Killer Stuff” takes readers into the subculture of flea markets, antiquing, and collecting. It won the 2012 Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “3x3,” portraits, paintings, and prints by Kathleen Gerdon Archer, Sandra Belock-Phippen, and Kathleen Connolly, are on display at the Bertolon Family Gallery at

Highland Street oil painting by Sandra Belock-Phippen

Pingree School in South Hamilton through May 10. Archer, of Beverly, has a degree in painting from Montserrat College of Art, which has influenced her photographic work. Connolly is a painter and printmaker, specializing in monotype, and cofounder of Beach Street Studios in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Belock-Phippen of Wenham is a painter who works primarily in oils. A reception with the artists is 3 to 5 p.m. April 28. . . . “Almanack,” a collection of landscapes in oils by Michael Milczarek, is at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park in Salem through May 2. Milczarek, of Danvers, said the focus of his paintings is “the landscapes we pass every day in our local travel.” Milczarek was introduced to art by taking afternoon classes at the local YMCA. He left the classes behind in the 1960s and returned to art in 2000, when he took up oil painting. He is a partner in the Saltbox Gallery in Topsfield.

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