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Alexandria Area High School theatre students to present ‘Chicago: Teen Edition’ as fall musical

Thursday, June 23, 2022
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Alexandria Area High School students will be bringing a teen edition of the broadway musical “Chicago” to the stage.

The teen edition version of Chicago is framed more as a story about greed and the perils of fame and has been adapted to remove most profanity and mature content so the musical can be effectively performed by high school students. The script was reviewed by the representatives of the Cardinal Activities Advisory Committee to ensure the appropriateness of the content.

The play will be directed by Jessica Chipman, AAHS Theatre Director. The musical will feature a cast of 21 students and a crew of 20+ students helping backstage.

Auditions were recently held and the cast has been solidified. Congratulations to the following students:

CAST

Velma Kelly:  Chloe Roed

Fred Casely: Zachary Frederiksen

Roxie Hart:  Parker Zwach

Amos Hart:  Breck Hocum

Fogarty: Myles Frueh

Liz: Hannah Skillings

Annie:  Brynn Kosters

June: Savannah Auran

Hunyak: Sydnee Byrne

Mona: Sailor Peterson

Matron “Mama” Morton:  Naneisha Vargas

Billy Flynn: Tai Auran

Mary Sunshine:  Leah Zenner

Reporter/Ensemble:  Adison Newman

Kitty/Ensemble:  Emily Staples

Harry/Ensemble: Gavyn Schmidt

Third Reporter/Ensemble: Grace Shurson

Judge/Ensemble: Teddy Tonkin

Harrison/Ensemble: Olivia Reilly

Clerk/Ensemble: Nathan Montag

Juror One/Ensemble: Miles Bryce

A crew of 20 students will be helping backstage with room to expand if there is additional student interest. Students interested in the pit orchestra will be selected in the fall.

“In my ten years of directing at AAHS, this is a record number of students interested in the fall musical, and I’m thrilled to work together with them to create a memorable experience,” stated Chipman. “We are committed to delivering a quality theatre production to our community and we invite you to join us for an incredible theatrical experience.”

There will be five performances of the musical - Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 17-19 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, November 19 & 20 at 2 pm, at the Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center. 

The teen edition of the musical has been adjusted to be suitable for a family audience. Audience age suggestion: 12 + years. Promotional materials for the musical will include this information. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, and will be available for purchase online in October.

Parker Zwach as Roxie Hart  Tai Auran as Billy Flynn  Chloe Roed as Velma Kelly
Parker Zwach as Roxie Hart           Tai Auran as Billy Flynn                 Chloe Roed as Velma Kelly

STAFF BIOS:

Jessica Chipman (MA in Theatre, MFA in Directing) is the AAHS theatre director and 2021 recipient of Communication Theatre Arts Minnesota (CTAM)'s Theatre Educator of the Year Award. Chicago: Teen Edition will be the tenth musical under her direction at AAHS, where she also directs the one act play (MSHSL Star Award, 2017-2022).

Kayla Noble returns to the AAHS fall musical as the vocal coach. She holds an MM in Music Education and is the music specialist at Lincoln Elementary School.

Jackson Grove ('18 alum; BFA in Musical Theatre) returns to choreograph his sixth AAHS musical after stints in the casts of Sacramento Broadway Circus's Kinky Boots and Carousel, and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's Sister Act.

Having previously assistant music directed at Ashland theatre in St. Paul, Colt Lien joins the AAHS fall musical as the pit conductor. He is currently working toward an MM in Choral Conducting and is the director of choirs at AAHS.

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