Archmere Academy Presents Winter Musical: "Chicago: High School Edition"
Archmere Academy Dramatics is jazzed to perform the hit musical Chicago: High School Edition. Chicago, adapted for the high school stage, maintains all the razzle and dazzle that made the musical one of the longest running shows in Broadway history. The show follows the rise and fall of two merry murderesses right in the middle of the 1930’s vaudeville scene. The musical, a satire on a culture that values fame over morals, includes such show-stopping hits as All that Jazz, Razzle-Dazzle, and The Cell Block Tango.
Forty-five students are on and behind stage for this extravagant production. Sophomore Serena Martin and junior Alyssa Noval star as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly. Riley McAvinue (’20) shines as the famous lawyer Billy Flynn who tries to dazzle his way to getting his clients an acquittal. Rob Smith (’22) is Roxie’s lovable loser husband, Amos. Julia Parisi (’20) is the Matron Mama Morton of the Cook County Jail that houses, temporarily, these famous jailbirds. Stephen D’Antonio (’20) is the emcee that guides the audience along the path of this jazzy classic.
The show is choreographed by student Alexis Rendel (’21) and Mrs. Meaghan Thomas who beautifully capture the Fosse-style dance genre. The show is directed by Mr. Brian Manelski. Music Direction by alumni Patrick D’Amato (’09).
The show runs two weekends, Friday, February 21st and Saturday, February 22nd, and Friday, February 28th and Saturday, February 29th. All show times are 7:30pm. Tickets are $5.00 for students, faculty, and senior citizens, $10 for general admission. Tickets are only available at the door.