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‘Chicago -- The Musical’ takes the stage at the FAC

Posted: January 17, 2012 3:37 p.m.
Updated: January 18, 2012 5:00 a.m.
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The cast of the FAC production of Chicago --The Musical. From left: Emily Hinely Clelland, Leandra Ellis-Gaston, Nicky Templar, Lisa Cherry Johnson, Addie Taylor, Kayleigh Rich, Mims Creed Goza, (kneeling) Ariana Nova. Center: Chip Collins, Abigail Smith Ludwig.

For more than 13 years, Chicago --The Musical has been seen on Broadway, making it the sixth longest-running production in Broadway history. Now, Camden Community Theatre is bringing this popular show to the Wood Auditorium at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County. Chicago runs January 20-22 and 27-29 with evening performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are $15 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and military. Please be aware that this production may not be appropriate for children and that it contains adult content. Chicago is sponsored by Roxie Hart Salon & Spa, Wells Fargo Financial Advisors Roy Fakoury and Gil Reames, and Powers Funeral Home.

About the Show

Chicago --The Musical, based on a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, was the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

About the Cast and Crew

Chicago is directed by Frank Thompson, produced by Bryant Herring with choreography by Kaitlyn Rainwater and musical direction by Andy Wells. The cast includes Virginia Owen (Velma), Abigail Smith Ludwig (Roxie), Zack Gurley (Amos), Chip Collins (Billy), David Wilhite, Adam Beaty, Mims Creed Goza, Addie Taylor, Leandra Ellis-Gaston, Kaitlyn Rainwater, Kate Noel Kloppenborg, Nancy Ann Smith, Rob Sprankle, A. Upchurch, Ariana Nova, Bettie Beaty, Lisa Cherry, Lynne Summers, Nicky Templar, Emily Hinely Clelland, and Kayleigh Rich. The technical crew includes Sharon Marley Noeltner (stage manager), Bryant Herring (producer, lighting design and costumes) and Autumn Boone (sound), Rita Tanzer, Mary Jo Place and Cecilia Stevenson (costumes).

Musical accompaniment will be provided by band members Frank Lee, Bob Ligon, Mandy Sloan, Steve Sloan and Jared Waters.

Chicago is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc. For more information or for tickets call 803-425-7676 extension 300 or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. Box office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Thursday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

The FAC is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

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