Chicago PosterBy Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse, & John Kander

Directed by: Joel Greenberg             

Performances: November 22-25, 1995

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern                Languages Building

                                                     

Chicago is a musical that explores our fascination with celebrity and public-fame-at-any-price.  Set in Chicago of the early 1930's, it tells the story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, two “sensational  jazz babies”, who murder their faithless lovers and go on to fame and fortune as Vaudeville Stars.

Chicago was originally produced in 1975 but its messages are still potent and serve as a chilling reminder that we live in a society where fame, money, celebrity and media attention matter most.  The musical challenges us to consider a world where murder is acceptable if the cash pay-off is big enough.  If the fan mail and gifts pour in from all over the world.  If the public is gullible enough to confuse cheap theatrics for common justice.

Chicago is structured as a series of Vaudeville acts -- each piece of the story is presented as though the people and the events are nothing more than entertainment, a metaphor so powerful that the lines between morality and obscenity become increasingly blurred as the musical goes along.

There is considerable humour in this biting satire -- Billy Flynn, the great legal-beagle, who mocks the judicial system by playing it against itself; Matron Mama Morton, the prison warden whose love of money is exceeded only by her love of money; Mary Sunshine, the pop journalist whose maudlin self-serving style makes victims out of killers; and a wide array of liars, cheaters and sycophants -- a world of people who are out for themselves.

This may sound dark for a musical, but the team of Kander and Ebb, the creators of Cabaret and Kiss of the Spider Woman, are experts at taking strong themes and developing a musical with integrity, power and purpose as well as solid entertainment.

Cast

Danielle Ament – Mona

Stephanie Arango – Conchita Hernandez

Stephen Bailey – Sergeant Fogarty

Dave Brown – Harry

Kristen Burke – Annie

Shari Deamude – Liz

Jim DiGioia – Amos Hart

Jason Finucan – Aaron

Tim Gentle – Billy Flynn

Sharon Kelly – Velma Kelly

Krista Little - Roxie Hart

Ryan Tayze MacKenzie – Fred Casely

Allison Oleszkowicz – June

Anand Rajaram – Martin Harrison

Andrea Renaud – Mary Sunshine

Jonathan Schlegal – Court Clerk

Calvin Sweers – Master of Ceremonies

Tara Terrick – Go-to-Hell Kitty

Susan Tschirhart – Matron Mama Morton

Band

Trumpet – Jonathan Crespo, Tara White

Saxophone – Tim Snyder, Toby Ley

Trombone – Trevor Dix

Bass – Graham Kidd

Percussion – Mark Inneo

Synthesizer – Robert Reinhart

Piano – Peter de Sousa

Production

Director/Choreographer – Joel Greenberg

Music Director – Peter de Sousa

Set Design – William Chesney

Costume Design – Jocelyne Sobeski

Lighting Design – Graham Frampton

Production Stage Manager/Sound Design – Tim Jackson

Assistant Stage Managers – Elizabeth Barrett, R. Carrey, Danna Evans, Robin Feick

Assistant Director – Jennifer Clark

Assistant Production Manager – Laurie Hindson

Assistant Technical Director – Calvin Sweers

Dance Captain – Andrea Renaud

Assistant Dance Captain – Kristen Burke, Krista Little

Production Assistant – Justin Sharratt

Head of Lighting – Michael Haltrecht

Lighting Operators – Jonathan Dietrich, Catherine Seeback

Lighting Assistant/ Props Crew – Kristine Mahler

Lighting Assistant – Tina Robinson

Head of Sound/ Sound Board Operator – Rocco Zingarelli

Sound Assistant/ Set Crew – Tom Leslie

Sound Crew – Kevin Price

Head of Set Construction - Tigger McCullough

Set Crew – Sandy Burke, Christian Johnson, Michelle de Pestel, Ryan Tyndall, Sean Vivian

Head of Properties – Linda Patton

Props Assistant – Claudine Albreish, Rhonda Gilson, Ruth Kelly, Angela Marshall, Marlene Sutton

Head of Wardrobe – Amanda Ray

Wardrobe Assistant – Katrina Ballantine, Lucina Favarin

Dressers – Gemma Doorly, Stacey Schat

Head of Scenic Painting – Teresa Dunat

Scenic Painting/ Make-up Assistant – Filipina Bienkowska

Scenic Painting – Teresa Bruinsma, Tanya Williams

Publicity – Joyce Hahn

Publicity Assistant/ Program Design – Joan Charlebois

Assistant House Manager/ Publicity – Mary Hartnett

House Manager – Sean Vivian

Technical Director, Drama Dept. – Scott Spidell

Special Thanks

Theatre Sheridan

Adam Stewart, Theatre Sheridan

Theatre Aquarius

Stratford Festival

Zehr’s

Helen Hornyak

Lisa Coulson

Helen Zdriluk, Burlington Central High School

Adam Qualter, Wilfrid Laurier University

Mrs. Deborah Feick