April 05, 2016
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Opening on Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m., the Saint Anselm College student theatre group, the Abbey Players present the Broadway musical "Chicago" at the Dana Center for the Humanities. Performances will run April 8-9 at 7:30 p.m., April 10 at 2 p.m., and April 15-16 at 7:30 p.m.
"Chicago," based on real-life murders and trials set in the 1920s, follows wannabe-vaudevillian Roxie Hart who murders her lover and is tossed into Cook County Jail. There she meets nightclub star, Velma Kelly, as well as an array of other shady characters. When Kelly and Hart acquire the same slickster lawyer, Billy Flynn, tensions come to a head as they fight for the media spotlight.
The production involves more than 57 students, with 24 in the cast alone. The cast includes psychology major, Stephanie Conti '18 as Roxie Hart and forensic science major, Meredythe Leonard ‘16 as Velma Kelly, both of Londonderry, N.H., as well as economics major Rowan Ferrier '19, of Concord, N.H., as lead Billy Flynn.
Directing his first performance with the Abbey Players is Joel Mercier, a staple in N.H. theatre, known primarily for his work with the New London Barn Playhouse, the NH Theatre Factory, and the Palace Theatre.
"This will be like no other production of 'Chicago' you've seen around the state," says Mercier. "We've gone back to the book on this one in order to emphasize the meat of the story, and then let the splashy musical numbers support it."
The Abbey Players production of "Chicago," a first for the student theatre group, features Fosse-inspired choreography, actors from all over the country, glitzy costumes, spectacular lighting, and a live 8-piece orchestra.
The spring musical is choreographed by alumna Nikki Aubert Murray ‘06 and musically directed by Blake Leister, both long-time members of the Abbey Player's musical creative team.
Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors, children, and New Hampshire college students. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.anselm.edu/dana.
Story by Jennifer Cardarelli '18 and Lili Kane '16