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"Chicago" is playing at the Galvin Fine Arts Center April 19-21

February 2013


This year's spring musical, Chicago, is a bit unique. Not only are rehearsals starting earlier than previous shows at Ambrose, but it will be the final show that Dr. Keith Haan will be music directing as a faculty member. Haan is retiring this year from the musical faculty, and Dr. Corinne Johnson, director of "Chicago," has assembled a knockout team for his final production.

The musical will be choreographed by Shellee Frazee, a 2000 Ambrose grad and professional choreographer from Chicago, Ill. Jeff Peltz from Central Missouri University will be the guest lighting designer; Kris Eitrheim will design the set; and Dianne Dye will create the costumes!

Auditions for the show will be Wednesday, Feb 6 at 6 p.m. in the Rogalski Center Ballroom and Thursday, Feb 7 at 4 p.m. on the Allaert mainstage in Galvin. Those wishing to audition should prepare a verse and chorus from a song, bring the sheet music along for the accompanist, and be ready for a dance audition.

Johnson is looking for a good number of people for the large cast but is looking specifically for "clear characters, gritty and working class--aiming for style, but achieving more crass sensuality." The show involves criminals, scandals and that all-American dream of fame. As Johnson says, "It is a sexy indictment of the American hunger for celebrity. What does it say about our society when criminals become famous and infamy is not discerned from stature?"

Johnson is focusing on some interesting aspects of the American obsession with fame, and the musical could not come along at a better time. Johnson asks, "Why do we follow the Kardashians, Paris Hilton or Lindsey Lohan? Is Lance Armstrong getting more press NOW for doping than he got when he won the races?"

If Johnson's stellar directing insight isn't reason enough to audition, the score should provide even more incentive, with famous songs such as "All that Jazz," "Mister Cellophane," and "Roxie." And if the threat of a dance show scares you, not to worry: "There are a few roles that don't require much dance. I am looking to have a big, talented and hardworking cast," says Johnson.

See you at auditions!

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