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Thoroughly modern Eden

Emmy nominee and Daytime Emmy Award-winner Eden Riegel is going from one soap opera storyline to another. She's a star on the afternoon saga ``All My Children" as the notorious Erica Kane's daughter. This weekend, she will portray a 1920s small-town girl who escapes to the Big Apple in the Reagle Players' production of ``Thoroughly Modern Millie." The musical comedy and dance spectacular is replete with flappers, madcap antics, the Charleston, and a vile villainess.

In the title role, Riegel has to demonstrate more than just acting chops. The part requires singing, dancing, and stamina, as Millie is offstage only for eight minutes of the entire show. But it's a piece of cake for the young Riegel, who did shows as a child and played Young Cosette in ``Les Miserables" for two years on Broadway.

She doesn't neglect intellectual pursuits, either. Riegel is a student at Harvard University and spent a year at the White House on an internship pursuing practical experience in her major, political and social theory studies.

Shows are scheduled through Sunday in the Robinson Theatre at 617 Lexington St. in Waltham. Tickets are $35-$48; seniors receive $1 off; tickets for children are $25. Call 781-891-5600 or visit www.reagleplayers.com.

MILVA DiDOMIZIO

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