Thespians bring alive the Roaring ’20s

Thespians bring alive the Roaring ’20s

Kelsey Leggett belts out All That Jazz in her lead role as Velma Kelly.

The famous musical Chicago is the next performance hitting the stage on campus. Chicago has embedded violence, fame and love into one performance.

The Thespians chose to perform Chicago for this year’s spring musical for its unforgettable songs, such as All That Jazz and Cell Block Tango, as well as the choreography, and the rivalry between the ambitious Roxie Hart and showstopper Velma Kelly.

Nevertheless, obtaining the copyright from the publishing company and approval from Dr. Orr was difficult for the theater troupe.

Many aspects of Chicago had to be taken out of the play since they were viewed as too inappropriate for a school production, such as bawdy costumes.

Organizers also made the language more appropriate and cut a suggestive scene with Roxie due to its content.

“To get our show approved we made sure that costuming would be appropriate and that we toned down the sexuality of the show,” sophomore and Thespian President Kelsey Leggett said. “Our director, Mr. Pittard, has tried numerous times before to obtain the rights to Chicago but this was the first year we have ever succeeded.”

Chicago involves scenes that could be taken as racy, which concerned some members of the cast, such as sophomore Kaeley Starling, playing Annie, as well as one of the choreographers for the production.

“The original script and costume plot had parts that made me question if it was even appropriate for outside of school, but changes were made, luckily,” Starling said.

Since the content of the musical is much different from previous performances, the Thespians have made many changes that they believe will help bring in a bigger audience.

“Plays like Chicago tend to be more popular than others purely because of how risqué they are. It’s how society is these days,” Starling said.

Though the show has been edited down to remove the more salacious aspects, the controversial topics in Chicago have interested students.

Leggett said, “We chose Chicago because it’s a musical that most everyone knows and found that it would be an exciting experience for both the cast and the audience.”

Some students are already anticipating the spring musical.

Senior Garrett Reel said, “I’m excited to see the play because I want to see what interesting things they’ll come up with.”

Through fits of jealousy, anger, and pride, all the controversy behind this year’s drama production makes it the musical event of the spring.

This year, Chicago runs from April 12-14. Tickets will be sold in Room 129, initially for $5, $7.50 the week of the show and $10 the night of the show.