Chicago by John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics), Fred Ebb/Bob Fosse (book)
Woodinville High School Theatre Company is excited to present the upcoming spring musical Chicago. The show runs April 29, 30 and May 5,6 and 7 at 7:00 p.m., in the Woodinville High School Theater.
The long-running hit musical Chicago has been presented on Broadway for over 6,300 performances since opening in 1996. It won six Tony Awards,
including Best Revival of a Musical. The original production, directed and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse, opened in 1975 and was
nominated for 9 Tony Awards. Billed as “a musical vaudeville", it is based on a play by the same name written in 1926 by Maurine Dallas Watkins.
It follows the story of Roxy Hart who finds herself in jail after shooting her lover. Smooth talking attorney Billy Flynn agrees to take on her
case and manipulates the Chicago press to make Roxy a celebrity while rival murderess Velma does her best to regain the spotlight she used to own.
Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the sassy and vicious tale of a dark and corruptive society set to extraordinary
music that underscores the rhythm of murder and corruption. One of the most famous shows of all time, it features music by John Kander and Lyrics
by Fred Ebb including showstoppers “All That Jazz,” “Razzle Dazzle,” and “Cell Block Tango.”
Chicago’s cast is comprised of 45 Woodinville High School students, from a wide variety of backgrounds – from theatre, to choir, to band, to
wrestling and football. The show is the final stage performance for seniors Madeline Hanson (Roxy Hart), Robert Kinsfather (Billy Flynn),
Shailey Harris (Mama), Abby Freid (Mary Sunshine), and senior ensemble members Hannah Berg, Maddie Davis, Jessica Ege, Jesika Smith, Alison
Siemering, Willow Wilson, Duke Clinch, Connor Gilbert, Ezra Sarmiento, Chris Lokken, and Hans Wampler. The cast is supported by a pit orchestra
from the WHS music department, and the technical aspects of the show, from set building and lighting to publicity, are handled by crews of
students from the WHS technical theatre program. Senior technical theatre students include: Alec Dietz (Stage Manager), Ty Swartz, Mercer
Peterson, and Cole Tobiason (Master Carpenter), Tim Lopez (Technical Director), Zach Luck (Sound), Allison MacCaul (Costumes), Jesika Smith
(Hair and Makeup), Hannah Berg and Andrea Derrick (Props), and Sarah Hawley, Kristan Lund and Alison Siemering (House Manager).
The show is directed, produced and designed by Josh Butchart; Kyra Rengstorf is the Music Director;
Nathan Rengstorf is Pit Director; Eva Stone is Choreographer assisted by Emilee Putsche.
Admission is $25 for VIP seating, $15 for general admission, and $10 for ASB or Senior admission. Tickets can be purchased at the WHS Theater box office before each performance, or can be purchased online
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