Ithaca College Theatre Production of 'Chicago' Set to Razzle-Dazzle Audiences
ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College Theatre is bringing a new dish to the table with its production of Kander and Ebb’s hit musical, “Chicago.” The main course serves up some heated dance numbers and includes a steaming side of glitz, liquor and jazz. Inspired by the great vaudeville acts of the 1920s, “Chicago” is bound to bring an awe-inspiring view of that era. The design team features a unique collaboration between current Department of Theatre Arts students and successful alums, and transforms the theater into a vaudeville stage.
Ticket prices for “Chicago” range from $5.50 to $11 and are on sale at all Ticket Center outlets, including Ticket Center Ithaca on the Commons or at the Dillingham Center box office. Call (607) 273-4497, (607) 274-3224 or visit www.ithacaevents.com. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
Performance times are 8 p.m. on Oct. 19, 21, 22, 27, 29 and 30, with a 2 p.m. matinee offered on Oct. 24. All performances will be held in the Hoerner Theatre in Dillingham Center.
The place is prohibition-era Chicago. The story revolves around Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, characters based on actual 1920s murderesses Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan. Accused of murdering their lovers, both ladies fight to stay off the chopping block and in the spotlight with the help of hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn. Egos clash while Velma and Roxie compete for top billing, and Billy mangles the truth and manipulates the press to keep the girls, and his reputation, intact.
The cast consists of Rebecca Futterman ’11 as Velma Kelly, Megan Watt ’11 as Roxie Hart, Daniel Lindgren ’12 as Billy Flynn, Jessica Bennett ’11 as Mama Morton, and Tim Quartier ’11 as Amos Hart. The alumni who have returned to collaborate with current design students are Dan Meeker ’95 (scenic design), Tony Meola ’76 (sound), Paul Gallo ’74 (lighting) and Kara Harmon ’05 (costumes).
A nationally recognized professional theater-training program, the Department of Theatre Arts attracts students from across the United States. Throughout the production season, undergraduate students present all aspects of theater in a professional model. Ithaca College Theatre has been an active part of the Tompkins County cultural hub as well as the Finger Lakes region for 70 years.
Dillingham Center is now newly updated to accommodate all patrons. Individuals with specials needs are asked to contact (607) 274-3224 to request accommodation as soon as possible.