Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Hexagon, Reading

Louise Quelch plays Millie in Sainsburys Singers production of Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Hexagon in Reading at 7.30pm from Tuesday, May 22 to Saturday, May 26 2012

Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love – a thoroughly modern aim in 1922, when women were just entering the workforce. Millie soon begins to take delight in the flapper lifestyle, but problems arise when she checks into a hotel owned by the leader of a slavery ring in China.

Tickets costing £18 to £6, are on sale now for this high-spirited musical romp from The Sainsbury Singers ticket office on 0118 988 2510 or www.sainsburysingers.org.uk

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Music by Jeanine Tesori Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan
Based on the 1967 film of the same name

The amateur performers are urging people to go along because if ticket sales do not pick up it could spell the end of one of Reading’s longest running musical groups – the Sainsbury Singers.

Reading West MP Alok Sharma has even got in on the act and is calling on music lovers to go and see Thoroughly Modern Millie which runs at The Hexagon from Tuesday, May 22, to Saturday, May 26.

The Sainsbury Singers, founded by Frank Sainsbury in 1938, are afraid this show could be their last.

The decline in ticket sales means the group has not yet covered the hire of The Hexagon and it could also make big losses on its other costs.

Rob Latimer, from the fundraising team at the Sainsbury Singers, said: “If sales do not pick up soon we face a heavy loss which may cause the society to fold.

“Local theatre has been a great asset in Reading over past years but the current lack of support from the public and the media is forcing many organisations to seriously consider their future.

“Next year is the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Sainsbury Singers and we are currently planning several celebratory events in the local community. We desperately hope we can continue to help providing access to the arts in Reading for years to come.”

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