SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Repertory Theatre will present Broadway's legendary musical Chicago, in the SPFHS auditorium during the weekends of March 6-7 and March 12-14.
Set in the Roaring '20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillians vying for the spotlight while biding their time in Cook County Jail. Roxie Hart is on death row for the murder of her faithless lover. Velma Kelly denies her ruthless crimes, but will do whatever it takes to be acquitted and back on stage. The sensationalist lawyer, Billy Flynn, is the ring master at the center of the media circus surrounding the trial.
Chicago celebrates the glorious excesses of the Jazz Age and holds up a mirror to the nation in fun and provocative ways. While the subject matter may not be enjoyable for small children, families with older children need not shy away. You’ll be mesmerized by the music, the satirical tale of the merry murderesses determined to find fame and fortune, and All That Jazz.
This production involves over 100 students, including the crew and live pit orchestra. The cast is under the artful direction and creative supervision of Morgan Knight (Director), Jan Allen (Producer and Music Director), Courtney Nemec (Assistant Director), Kara Drake (Choreographer), Trey Shore (Pit Orchestra Conductor), Jeff Allen (Set Designer), Gary Moore (Stage Crew Supervisor), Thomas Rowe (Lighting Designer), and Joanne Sprague (Costume Designer). The cast includes:
- VELMA KELLY: Olivia Robertiello
- AMOS HART: William Kasper
- LIZ: Maya Handler*
- KATALIN HUNYAK: Sophie Pritchett*
- FRED CASELY: Christopher Laino*
- HARRY: Oliver Sherry
- ROXIE HART: Tara Kenoff
- MATRON “MAMA” MORTON: Cheyenne Jones
- ANNIE: Danielle Vuono*
- MONA: Rica Lopez*
- GO-TO-HELL KITTY: Megan Sheehy
- JUDGE: Mac Ferrone
- BILLY FLYNN: James Maloney
- MARY SUNSHINE: Robert Dobies
- JUNE: Justyanna Fortna*
- VERONICA KELLY: Katina Ackerman*
- SERGEANT FOGARTY: Alexander Halpin
- MARTIN HARRISON: Tucker Rose
ENSEMBLE: Cara Argila, Antoinette Chango, Jonathan Dickstein, Owen Donahue*, Mandy Filipski, Emmet Fynes, Kyle Isolda*, Nanka Gelashvili, Natalie Green, Sherin Kachroo, Riya Kishen, Lucia Laumbach, Meagan Lavin, Gavin Lesnevich*, Evan Libby, Roy McGowan*, Christopher Muskus, Sarah Rata, William Robertson, Alexander Rossi*, Miranda Rossi, Nikita Sahasrabudhe, Alexa Vierschilling, Allison Vlkovic.
* denotes FEATURED DANCER
DANCE CAPTAINS: Justyanna Fortna, Danielle Vuono
STUDENT MUSICAL DIRECTORS: Sophie Pritchett, Megan Sheehy
Performances take place on Friday, March 6; Saturday, March 7; Thursday, March 12; Friday, March 13; and Saturday, March 14; at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinée on Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. All performances will take place in the Manya Unger Auditorium at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (667 Westfield Road, Scotch Plains).
Tickets for Chicago: High School Edition are on sale now. They may be purchased in advance by clicking here. TIcket prices are $13 for students and senior citizens, $15 for adults. (All tickets for the performance on Thursday, March 8th are only $10.) Senior citizens with “Gold Cards” and those who need special seating accommodations should contact Victoria Fortna at firstname.lastname@example.org or (908) 787-7492 to make arrangements for discounted tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, but please be advised that many SPFHS shows in the past have completely sold out in advance of the performance night.
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