T.C. Williams High School ChicagoBy Cappies • May 19th, 2010 • Category: Cappies
When Roxie is accused of the murder of Fred Casely, she must either make up a story to prove that she is “innocent,” or tell the truth and be sentenced to death. In the story of Chicago, there is murder, dancing, and “All That Jazz.” The student-directed performance of Chicago played at T.C. Williams High School the weekends of April 30th and May 7th.
The original Broadway production of Chicago opened on June 3rd, 1975, and ran for 936 performances. The story is based on the play Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins, a reporter who wrote this play from stories that she collected. Roxie Hart (Kirby Porterfield) is a young woman, tired with her love life with her husband. She has an affair with Fred Casely (Dylan Drury) whom she later murders because he tried to walk out on her. When she is arrested, she runs into the famous Velma Kelly (Madeline Bryan) who was arrested for the murder of her sister and her husband after finding them in bed together. Roxie hires Velma’s Lawyer, Billy Flynn (Zachary Frank), who makes up a new story as to why Roxie killed Casely and at the same time is making her famous.
The production, overall, was quite entertaining. The set was impressive and large. It displayed the outline of the Chicago city, outlined with shiny, silver strips. It was very unique, but caused a bright, annoying glare when the follow-spot light would hit it. The dancing in the show was extremely impressive, and showed the excellent training that the leads and ensemble must have gone through.
Velma Kelly (Bryan) shined in this production. She could sing, act, and dance extremely well. Although, the famous opening number, “All That Jazz,” lacked in energy, later in her songs, she made up for it. Roxie Hart (Porterfield) was also a wonderful dancer. Her voice matched the show perfectly, being very jazzy and fun.
Amos Hart (Samuel Jones) was an adorable character who is never noticed, which he describes in his number, “Mister Cellophane.” He admits that not even his wife notices him. Although his only number was “Mister Cellophane,” he stayed in character and showed off his wonderful vocal talent. Mary Sunshine (Ellen Broetzmann) also showed her amazing soprano vocal abilities in “A Little Bit of Good” where she describes how even murderesses have some good in them.
The stage crew of this show was extremely impressive. If you don’t notice the run crew, it means that they were doing their job well. During black-outs, the stage crew was nearly impossible to see, showing their carefulness and abilities.
Overall, the show was well done. Chicago, being a PG-13 show, was certainly intended for young adults and adults. T. C. Williams’ theatre department should be proud of their performance and their amazing dancers, singers, and actors.
Emily Rowson of James W. Robinson Secondary School.
Photos by Shane Canfield.
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