Ridgefield students among the first to produce more family-friendly version of the musical ‘Chicago’

Performances are scheduled for May 2-4 and May 9-11

RIDGEFIELD — Ridgefield High School Theatre presents Chicago: High School Edition in the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center, May 2-4 and 9-11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $6 for students, staff, seniors, and veterans; available at the door (cash or check only), or at https://ridge.revtrak.net/chicago.

Ridgefield High School Theatre presents Chicago: High School Edition in the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center, May 2-4 and 9-11 at 7 p.m.
Ridgefield High School Theatre presents Chicago: High School Edition in the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center, May 2-4 and 9-11 at 7 p.m.

Ridgefield is one of the first high schools in America to present Chicago — the second longest-running show in Broadway history — thanks to a new age-appropriate “High School Edition” of the classic musical, and a special arrangement with publisher Samuel French.

Chicago transports the audience to the Roaring Twenties’ cabaret scene of the title city, where would-be starlet Roxie Hart (senior Lily Ray) gets mixed up in the fast world of glitz, fame, and “All That Jazz” — ending up on murderer’s row with the original jazz killer Velma Kelly (junior Bridget Donaldson). With the help of the city’s best ‘criminal lawyer’ Billy Flynn (sophomore Peter Schafer) and prison matron-turned manager Mama Morton (senior Sofia Lee), and by using Roxie’s hapless husband Amos (junior Sebastian Rojas-Rincon), the spunky slayers hope to turn their notoriety into stardom in a city where the truth is for sale and sensationalism rules the headlines.

Chicago opened on Broadway in 1975 with book and choreography by Bob Fosse and music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb.  It is based on the 1926 play of the same name by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Filled with iconic songs like “Razzle Dazzle,” “Mr. Cellophane,” and the “Cell Block Tango,” Chicago is a landmark of American theatre.

Chicago: High School Edition is directed and produced by RHS Theatre Director Kaitlyn Etter, with Fosse-style choreography by Megan Smith of Dance Fusion NW. Vocal Direction by Barbara Choltco, and technical supervision by Aziza Mansuri.

For more info on RHS Theatre, visit spudderactivities.weebly.com/theatre.

Information provided by Ridgefield School District.

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