“I give you a Chicago preview”


Feature Photo By: Peter Vo – Senior Jakob Lutz performs a monologue. The musical, Chicago, will premier in the auditorium this week. 

By: Bao Nguyen, Review Staff

Rangeview’s Advanced Performing Arts (APA) will be kicking off their last production and second musical: Chicago – a musical written in 1926 by Maurine Dallas Watkins.

Anne Wolfe, Principal’s Secretary, directed the musical Chicago. Ms. Wolfe directed The Spelling Bee Musical last year. According to many cast members, the show is heavily choreographed. For a number of seniors, this will be their last show.

Senior Jordan Clanton said, “The production of Chicago feels like it has flown by. We were given a short time to work on the show, so it’s a good and bad thing. Although we had a few stressful days, everything eventually. I think Chicago is definitely different from any other show we’ve ever done. It’s definitely dance-heavy, and I know that everyone loves playing characters from different time periods. I think we all enjoy doing something we’re not used to.”

Chicago revolves around a woman (Velma) who murders her husband. Due to the murder, a lawyer (Billy Flynn) takes up her case. On the other hand, another woman (Roxie) is arrested as Flynn also takes up her case. Both women plan on outdoing one another for fame.

Pictured left to right, Seniors Jakob Lutz and Donovan Strouse stand on stage as they perform. (Peter Vo)

Junior Maxswell Satchell said, “It has been really dance-heavy. We’ve been rigorously practicing over the last few weeks. Outside of choreography, we’re constantly practicing. I feel really good about Chicago. There have been a few rough days, but we pulled it together towards the end.

Mr. Laguana plays a key part as the conductor of the show. This will be the second musical Mr. Laguana has conducted; the first was Once Upon a Mattress.

Senior Yarely Gonzalez said, “It’s been pretty good especially since everyone is really close. I think everything is going to be good because we’ve all prepared for this musical.”

You can experience Chicago with its phenomenal choreography and acting at 7 pm on Thursday, April 25th, Friday the 26th, and Saturday the 27th.

The ticket prices are as follow:

  • $6 for students with an activity card
  • $7 for students without an activity card
  • $8 for adults.