This week saw a cast of talented performers take to the stage as they presented their production of ‘Chicago – High School Edition’. Cast and crew have been working exceptionally hard over the last few months and there was huge anticipation in advance of the first night.
‘Chicago’ is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal”. It tells the story of Roxie Hart who murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on her! Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie, and another inmate, Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the ‘American Dream’: fame, fortune, and acquittal.
The St Edward’s cast were performing the ‘High School Version’ of the show, in which some aspects of the text had been trimmed or changed to ensure the show was suitable for secondary schools. The watching audiences were treated to an impressive visual spectacle, which allowed the cast to demonstrate a huge amount of ‘razzle dazzle’.
Directors, Mr Strachan and Ms Bowen said, ‘It has long been an ambition to bring the wonderful music of Kander and Ebb to St Edward’s in the iconic show “Chicago”. We are so proud of each and every member of our cast for being willing to step out of their comfort zones and commit themselves wholeheartedly to the production – we have been overwhelmed by the depth of talent that exists here at St Edward’s. The show has been a genuine pleasure to work on. So often we have finished a rehearsal talking about how much we have enjoyed it. The cast and crew are a credit to both the School and their families.’
With four performances, including a special Gala night with a 1920s theme it has been a long, but enjoyable week and we hope that all who were lucky enough to see the show thoroughly enjoyed themselves.