Countdown to curtain call for Chicago cast

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The countdown is on for the cast of Oamaru Operatic Society’s 2013 production of Chicago, which hits the Oamaru Opera House stage on September 20.

Oamaru Operatic Society president Dan Lewis said ticket sales were going well and with only nine performances, they were likely to be snapped up very quickly.

He said people were travelling from as far away as Christchurch and Gore to see the society’s 2013 production.

The cast has just spent the weekend with choreographer, and former Royal New Zealand Ballet dancer, Jeannie Mark.

Lewis said he was incredibly proud of the cast, who were doing a “fantastic job”.

“The hard work and dedication from the cast and crew is outstanding,” he said.

“We’re on our way to producing another world class show in our own world class venue.”

Set in the “jazz hot” 1920s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudeville murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail.

Velma Kelly (played by Rebecca Ryan) is serving time for killing her husband and sister after finding them in bed together, while chorus girl Roxie Hart (Amber McClelland) is in jail for bumping off the lover with whom she’s been cheating on her husband Amos (David Blair).

Matron “Mama” Morton (Bruna Oakes) presides over the cell block and with the help of slick lawyer Billy Flynn (David Snow), Velma’s incarceration is turned into a media frenzy, preparing her for a splashy showbiz comeback, but Roxie has some tricks up her sleeve.

Directed by Duncan Whiting, the show is being performed at the Oamaru Opera House from September 20-28 and tickets are available from TicketDirect.