Emily Stone, left, and Amy Baker practice a scene from "Thoroughly Modern Millie." Deerfield-Windsor will present the musical on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon.
ALBANY -- With springtime comes a warmer climate and blooming plant life. In Albany, it also means it is time for one of the city's private schools to present its annual musical.
Deerfield-Windsor School is currently preparing to present "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Albany Municipal Auditorium this week.
The story centers around a flapper in the early 1920s.
"It's about a girl named Millie (Dillmount) from Kansas," said Dianne Giddens, the director of Deerfield's production. "She goes to find a husband and wants to marry her boss.
"It has a lot of unexpected twists and turns."
Deerfield has been performing its annual spring musicals for almost 25 years, and the community still seems to enjoy watching them.
"It's a thing we go out of Deerfield-Windsor to do, and the community embraces it," Giddens said. "The community is very responsive.
"Hopefully, the community will turn out (this year). It's a great show."
The play is set to run at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The cast members will include Deerfield students enrolled in grades 5-12.
In all, there are 65 students in the cast and crew. Rehearsals, which so far have been conducted in small groups, began in January. Dress rehearsals are expected to begin today and continue until opening night.
The musical will be the first since Deerfield's prop warehouse caught fire last fall, which prompted a communitywide response to replace some of the items that were lost.
"We lost some things that we couldn't replace," Giddens said. "The school has come together to provide (new materials).
"Deerfield-Windsor is a family, and our musical is a family. Everybody just pulled together."
The cast will feature 10th-grader Emily Stone playing Dillmount, 11th-grader Trey Puckett playing Jimmy Smith, 11th-grader Katie McDonald playing Mrs. Meers, 11th-grader Caroline Davis playing Muzzy van Hossmere, 11th-grader Amy Baker playing Dorothy Brown and 12th-grader Beau Sinyard playing Trevor Graydon.
Giddens, as well as everyone else involved with the production, seems excited about the play finally coming together.
"It's a labor of love," the director said. "(The cast members) spend more time here than they do with their own families."
Tickets are being sold for $12 at Deerfield's upper campus from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and will also be available at the auditorium one hour before showtime.
For more information, call (229) 435-1301.