‘Chicago’ to close out theater legacy at Brewer school

Posted May 16, 2011, at 9:14 p.m.

 

BREWER — A Brewer school’s 85-year history of theater productions will come to a close at the end of the month as middle school youngsters prepare for a move to a new facility come fall.

Brewer Youth Theatre will present the Tony Award-winning musical “Chicago” in four performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 20-21 and May 27-28, at Brewer Middle School, Somerset Street.

This will be the final production in the historic Brewer Middle School Auditorium, which first hosted a play in 1926. The school will close in June, with students moving to the new Brewer Community School and future plays being presented in the Brewer Performing Arts Center. Several Brewer Youth Theatre alumni will return for the final performance at 7 p.m. May 28, participating in the final musical number of the show and enjoying one last chance to perform on the BMS stage.

With a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse and music by Ebb and John Kander, “Chicago” has been one of the most successful productions in Broadway history, and also was an Academy Award-winning motion picture.

The story centers on Roxie Hart, who is charged with murder but also dreams of becoming a star, like fellow murderess Velma Kelly. They enlist the services of talented defense attorney Billy Flynn not only to gain their acquittal, but also to help them become famous.

The BYT production features Lauryn Goodall as Roxie, Rachel Caron as Velma and Alek Sayers as Billy. Jacob Joy plays Roxie’s husband, Amos, and Kassidy Giggey is Matron Mama Morton, while Kaileigh Tremble is famous radio reporter Mary Sunshine.

The show also includes Teal Jackson, Christy Bruton, Emma Nichols, Morgan Forrest and Michelle Haluska as the “Cell Block Tango” girls, along with Dylan Cyr as Roxie’s paramour, Fred Casely, and Kyle Bull as Police Detective Fogarty.

Rounding out the cast are Mandie Umel, Brady Smith, Matt Fern, Meranda Beshevsy, Caitlyn Kimball, Brian McAvoy, Stefan Rogers, Hope Eye and Noah Clark.

Rich Kimball directs the show with musical direction by Clayton W. Smith, choreography by Rachel Caron, light direction by John Philbrook, costumes by Abby Kimball and Alexa Steele, a set by Andrew Frodahl and Ambureen Rana serving the stage manager.

There is limited seating for these shows and tickets are available at Brewer High School and at the door, while they last. Admission is $6 adults, $3 students and seniors. Because of the mature subject matter and language, “Chicago” may not be suitable for younger audiences. For more information, call Brewer High School at 989-4140.

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