SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Opening night for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Repertory Theatre production of Chicago: High School Edition, a raucous, jazzy, and irreverent musical, will open on Friday, March 6. This week, the cast, musical pit, and crew held dress rehearsals in preparation of the musical's public debut.
Chicago celebrates the excesses of the Jazz Age via the satirical tale of the merry murderesses determined to find fame, fortune and all that jazz.
“One of the best things about Chicago is the incredible choreography; it combines the best of 1920s dance with the unique style of Bob Fosse," Knight said. "The students have thrown themselves wholeheartedly into meeting the challenges the choreography presents.”
Set in the Roaring '20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillians vying for the spotlight while serving time in Cook County Jail. Roxie Hart (Tara Kenoff) is on death row for the murder of her faithless lover. Velma Kelly (Olivia Robertiello) denies her ruthless crimes, but will do whatever it takes to be acquitted and back on stage. The sensational lawyer, Billy Flynn (James Maloney), is the ring master at the center of the media circus surrounding the trial.
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
This production involves over 100 students, including the crew and 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).
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 email@example.com 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.
Dates: 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).
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