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Fairfax High School Chicago!

By • May 12th, 2010 • Category: Cappies

A tale of murder, adultery, dancing, and all that jazz – it must be Chicago! This weekend all were awed by Fairfax High School’s performance and if you’d have been there, if you’d have seen it, I betcha you would’ve felt the same!

Originally based on a 1926 play of the same name written by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins as an exposé on crimes of the day, Chicago has lived a long stage life. The musical version with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb opened on Broadway in 1975, running for a total of 936 performances. Following the story and trial of Roxie Hart, a young married woman who murdered her nightclub lover, Fred Casely, Chicago offers insight on the these girls’ ability of literally getting away with murder. When her husband Amos accidentally rats her out to the police, Roxie is arrested and taken to the local women’s block where she meets Velma and the other murderesses. With the help of Matron “Mama” Morton and leading attorney Billy Flynn, Roxie claims innocence and uses her trial as a way to gain fame. Then, when the latest gruesome crime steals the press away, Roxie pretends that she’s pregnant to gain back her nearly lost fame. Then, as Roxie is found innocent, a new crime occurs stealing the press away from her and then her husband Amos leaves her. Roxie is left with her freedom, and forms an act with one of the leading ladies of Cook County Jail, Velma.

Mikail Faalasli (Billy Flynn) perfectly played the puppet master, as he dictated all of Roxie’s actions throughout her trial. His bigger than life stage presence and impressive dance abilities captivated the essence of the presentational aspects of the show.

As Velma, Ally Dawson’s flawless voice captivated audience members in numbers such as “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango,” and “Class.” Dawson did a wonderful job of creating a hardened character who had a surprising contrasting soft emotional side that was rarely shown.

The brassy and bodacious Matron “Mama” Morton (Maddy Goubeaux) was quite possibly one of the most humorous aspects of the show. Developing a hardened and humorous character throughout the show, Goubeaux had wonderful comedic timing, often adding to the presentational aspects of this show. With a brassy alto voice and larger than life stage presence, Mama dominated the stage in numbers such as “When You’re Good to Mama” and “Class.” Specifically in “Class,” Goubeaux’s chemistry and relationship blossomed with Ally Dawson (Velma.) Their flawless harmonies and creative way of censoring the words was humorous and captivating all at once.

The technical aspects in this show were especially impressive. The lighting (Luke Cresson and Chris Sisson) created a unique and artistic atmosphere, especially with the use of red lights during “Cell Block Tango.” Their flawless spotlights and overall crisp effects worked well with the show and were well-organized, never leading to any distractions.

Delightful dancing, spectacular singing, and all that jazz simply razzle dazzled us this weekend at Fairfax High School’s production of Chicago.

Brittany Simmons of Westfield High School.

Photo Gallery

Ally Dawson Anne Norland
Ally Dawson
Anne Norland
Mikail Faalasli, Ann Sung, Rachel Fernades, Rosalie Altieri
Mikail Faalasli, Ann Sung, Rachel Fernades, Rosalie Altieri

Photos by Dr. Dan Cottle.

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