ROCKWALL, TX (Jan. 2, 2023) Tickets are on sale now for Rockwall High School Fine Arts Department’s Spring production of Chicago: Teen Edition, opening the last weekend in January.
The Rockwall High School program is the first in the district to perform the intriguing production, says Virginia McGuire, RHS Director of Theatre, adding that this title has been a highly desired student theatrical performance since its release several years ago.
The talented cast and company are comprised of 71 high school students involved in every aspect of the performance. From stage to crew, this production highlights and combines the artistic and technical strengths of the RHS Fine Arts program, including a strong ensemble cast. Especially exciting is the addition of the RHS Jazz Band, giving exposure to a group of gifted musicians and adding to the professional quality of the production.
“With many strong vocalists this year the time was right to pursue such a challenging title,” McGuire said. Further adding that the Fosse production would challenge them vocally as well as choreographically.
Velma Kelly – Gabrielle W.
Roxie Hart – Paulet D.
Amos Hart – Ethan G.
Matron ‘Mama Morton’ – Cecily C.
Billy Flynn – Robert M.
Mary Sunshine – Ava D.
Fred Casely – Drew H.
Liz – Karsten S.
Annie – Amelia C.
June – Sophia G.
Hunyak – Kaylen P.
Mona – Cassia D.
Head Dance Captain – Madeleine H.
Dance Captain – Emma F.
Dance Captain – Lindsey C.
Dance Captain – Landyne O.
Dance Captain – Roxanne U.
Haylee B., Avery B., Isabella B., Tyler CA., Rose D., Cooper F., Jillian F., Michael G.,
Olivia H., Christian H., Madison H., Clayton L., Addyson L., Marley M., Mya P., Laci P.,
Kaden P., Bryce R., Jacqueline R., Leah S., Aldrin S., Cameron S., Layla T., Robert W.
Student Director – Sophia D.
Stage Manager – Gracie Z.
Assistant Stage Manager – Mia W.
Costume Mistress – Tyler Co.
Hair & Makeup Lead – Audrey L.
Head Lighting – Eleanor M.
Head Sound – Hannah O.
Prop Masters – Rachel H., Abigale V.
Set Master – Calvin E.
Publicity Lead – Isabella A.
Student House Manager – Marcus D.
Set Crew – Laurine B., Waylin N., Shania S., Chelsea W., Josephine Y.
Costume Crew – Tori G., Bethellen M., Melissa W.
Hair & Makeup Crew – Autumn H., Gia P., Loren W.
Lighting Crew – Landon S., Ellie T.
Sound Crew – Luke W.
Publicity Crew – Esther P.
House Crew – Annabelle W.
The teen version of the award-winning Broadway musical includes adaptations for language, however the general theme stays true to the original. Set in the late 1920’s, the original Chicago follows Roxie, an up-and-coming performer, who is arrested and ultimately convicted of murder. While imprisoned she meets Velma, her idol and well-known entertainer, who is awaiting her own murder trial. While the two become friends, they ultimately share the same attorney and begin to vie for his attention as well as that of the public, who closely follow the riveting trials. While the teen version eliminates two songs, the score includes well-known Chicago favorites such as “All That Jazz” and “When You Are Good to Mama”.
Chicago: Teen Edition will come to stage at the Rockwall High School Performing Arts Center located at 1201 TL Townsend Drive on the campus of Herman E Utley Middle School. Tickets went on sale beginning January 1, 2023, via the RHS website. Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets early given the popularity of this title being likely to sell out.
Show sponsors to date include Rockwall School of Music; Rockwall Summer Musicals; Rockwall Ford; Hanby Insurance; Alliance Bank; Monster Mini-Golf, Frisco; OnBrand; Luigi’s Italian Cafe; White Law Firm; and Cavender Nissan of Rockwall.
By Melanie Mayfield, contributing writer, Blue Ribbon News.
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