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Behind the Curtain of Chicago

Nov 01, 2011 07:51PM ● Published by Anonymous

The Community Players of Salisbury (CPS) brings Roxie Hart’s story—and others just like hers—to life in the famous production, Chicago, running the 4th–6th in November at Bennett Senior High School Auditorium, located at 1721 Glen Avenue Extended in Salisbury.

Staying true to the original script, director Darrell Mullins, Professor of Communication Arts at Salisbury University, chose to focus on conveying the public fascination and glorification of especially attractive and seductive criminals. “The characters in this show have no real claim to fame other than the fact that they committed a crime and tried to capitalize,” says Mullins. “Is the legal system more about the show or the facts?” Well, regardless of how the legal system works, the audience will surely get a show when viewing performances of renowned songs like, “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango,” and “When You’re Good to Mama.”

There were roughly 50 roles to cast in CPS’ first-ever rendition of Chicago, from reporters to homicide victims to good old Uncle Sam, but securing the two main roles of likable villainess vixens are Dara Parsons (Roxie Hart) and Lisa Robbins (Velma Kelly). Audiences can expect the lively musical to incorporate Bob Fosse’s fancy footwork and authentic 1920s costumes. A live orchestra features fine musicians chosen by Dr. William Folger, the Director of Choral Studies at Salisbury University, who will also serve as the conductor. While the production’s content does include some sexual material, Mullins assures that nothing will be overt or in bad taste, so parents can use their discretion.

“What I hope [the audience] will take away is the impact of the sensationalism and public fascination with ‘celebrity’ trials on whether or not justice is actually served,” says Mullins. “This amazing musical shares the hysterical satire about the American justice system.”

For more information, visit communityplayersofsalisbury.org or call 410-546-0099.

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