Heights Youth Theatre presents 'Chicago'

The cast of HYT's "Chicago" rehearses for their May performances.

Prohibition-era Chicago was overrun by murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery. "Chicago," the dark musical, tells the tale of two of the merry murderesses in the Cook County Jail—Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly. Set in a 1920s speakeasy, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s well-known score gives us Broadway jazz standards, such as "All That Jazz," "Razzle Dazzle" and "Cell Block Tango."

Heights Youth Theatre presents "Chicago" like you’ve never seen it before. This production will be true to the period of the Roaring 20s, highlighting the satiric nature of the original libretto, and promising  a good time for all who catch the show.

The cast includes 30 talented students in 7th through 12th grade, many from Cleveland Heights and University Heights, and professional musicians playing the rousing score. Lead cast members include: Sophie Madorsky (Velma Kelly), Katie Wilkinson (Roxie Hart), Ian Kallay (Fred Casely), Marina Oney (Sergeant Fogarty), Matthew McAllister (Amos Hart), Kaleigh Wilkie-Smith (Matron Mama Morton), Jason Kowalcyk (Billy Flynn), Cat Lally (Mary Sunshine), Jade Shimooka (Kitty), and Gus Mahoney (Harry). The merry murderesses are played by Margaret Abood, Rebecca Chaney, Govanna Miller, Lillian Sindelar and Jamie Semel.

"Chicago" will be presented May 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. at Wiley Middle School, 2181 Miramar Blvd., in University Heights.

Tickets are $10 general admission, cash or checks only. The box office opens 45 minutes before each show.

On Sunday, May 20, at 7 p.m., there will be a special benefit performance of "Chicago" at Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights. Tickets are $20 and include refreshments. They can be purchased at the Dobama box office on May 20 or by calling 216-410-7500. For more information, visit www.heightsyouththeatre.org.

Mary Patton

Mary Patton, a University Heights Resident, is a public relations consultant and member of the Heights Youth Theatre Advisory Board.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 12:02 PM, 05.02.2012