Chicago dazzles a full house

CHICAGO enthralled a full house at its opening night last Saturday.

With around two months to pull a world renowned musical together, Wonthaggi Theatrical Production absolutely amazed with its incredibly talented cast, sophisticated lighting and set design, and flashy costumes that encapsulated sassy 1920s Chicago.

The audience was in awe from the get go as Bron Kalos – playing murderess nightclub sensation Velma Kelly – took the stage with the flawless female ensemble to perform one of the musical’s hit numbers All That Jazz.

Kalos shared the spotlight with Nina Barry-Macaulay, playing the charming Roxie Hart.

Following the murder of her lover, Roxie is set to go on trial. Teaming up with cold hearted lawyer Billy Flynn (played by Will Hanley), Roxie learns to manipulate the press to steer her campaign to freedom, all the while stealing the spotlight from Velma.

The musical also follows the stories of the murderess in the female ensemble, played by Jade Dalton, Meghan Dal Masetto, Annabelle Clarkson, Kerryn Moren, Rose Wray-McCann and Angela Hogan. The female ensemble was outstanding throughout the production, and shone in their devilish performance of Cell Block Tango.

Also featured in the dazzling cast were the hugely talented Elly Poletti – who had a powerful presence as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton, Jay Nelson as the downtrodden Amos Hart and Wayne Moloney as columnist Mary Sunshine.

Wonthaggi Theatrical Group added a touch of difference to their set this year, with the band appearing on stage with the cast.

This directional choice gave a new appreciation to the amazing local musicians who put endless amounts of energy in bringing the musicals to life.

The music was accompanied by strong ‘Fosse-style’ choreography by Rose Wray-McCann, true to Chicago’s iconic style.

The crew did an amazing job with a set that transported the audience to the underbelly of Chicago and a lighting display that was nothing less than professional.

Despite the dark story line, the work of the crew to bring a sense of liveliness to the set and the energy of the cast gave delivered an upbeat performance – particularly when Hanley and the ensemble gave the audience the old Razzle Dazzle in act two.

At the helm of Chicago’s success is director Karen Milkins-Hendry, who was well supported by her family in her endeavour to bring the iconic musical to Wonthaggi. Her husband Tad Hendry was the set designer and her daughter Jaz Hendry assisted her in her directorial role.

If you missed the opening shows of Chicago, there’s no need to panic. There are still more shows to come, with it set to close on September 2.

To book your tickets, head to www.wtg.org.au, or visit the foyer of the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre from 10am to 2pm, Tuesday to Friday

Dangerous cast: from left, murderesses Liz (Angela Hogan), Mona (Meghan Dal Masetto), June (Rose Wray-McCann), Velma Kelly (Bron Kalos), Annie (Jade Dalton) and Hunyak (Annabelle Clarkson) opened Chicago with a rendition of All That Jazz on Saturday night.

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