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Packed house for 'Chicago'

May 2013

For the last mainstage show of the 2012-2013 season, the St. Ambrose University Theatre Department put on a production of Kander and Ebb's musical Chicago.

Chicago recounts the tale of murderesses Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly who find themselves competing for the spotlight that comes with murder in 1920s Chicago. Other prominent characters include Roxie's husband Amos, who struggles to be noticed; the charming and cunning lawyer Billy Flynn; Matron Mama Morton, the sassy warden; and Miss Mary Sunshine, a sensitive reporter with a rather personal secret. The show also features a heavily involved ensemble of dancers who portray multiple characters.

The show was extremely well-attended. Between the three productions (April 19-21), 1,575 tickets were sold. The main floor was so full that the bays in the back of the auditorium had to be used to house audience members!

Chris Galvan, a prospective transfer student, made the trip to Davenport to see some of the University's work.

"Seeing such a high caliber show at a relatively small school like SAU really shows the amount of talent, dedication, and commitment the students and faculty have," Galvan said, "and it makes me extremely excited to become a part of this community soon."

After the Sunday matinee, a respondent from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) critiqued the show as well as chose two nominees to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition, a national acting competition hosted at KCACTF each year. Joining junior Molly Conrad and sophomore Brooke Schelly, who were nominated from SAU's production of Eurydice, will be senior Tim Stompanato and sophomore Kyle DeFauw for their portrayals of Billy Flynn and Miss Mary Sunshine, respectively.

Congratulations to Stompanato and DeFauw for their nominations and to the SAU Theatre Department on a successful production!

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