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LOHS will transport you to 1920s jazz-age Chicago for four nights starting Nov 7

Starting Thursday Nov. 7, LOHS theater will perform "Chicago. The musical tells the story of Roxie Hart, who murders someone and convinces her husband to take the rap for it. He finds out he's being duped and turns on Roxie. She's convicted and sent to death row. She meets Velma Kelly and the two vie for the spotlight and headlines before eventually joining forces in search of the "American Dream."

COURTESY PHOTO: DAVID KINDER - Cast rehearses dance number.

The performance is a high school version of the original to ensure that it's family friendly.

Meet some of the cast and crew

Eric Seley, the stage manager, is a sophomore this year. "Chicago" is his debut as a stage manager.

Seley is responsible for gathering contact information, teaching lighting and generally making sure all is running smoothly. "I do a lot of bureaucratic stuff," he said.

Abigail Brown is a senior this year. She plays Velma Kelly, a vaudeville performer who may or may not be a murderer. Brown said of the part, "I wasn't expecting it but I was hoping that I would get it. I was very happy when I found out that I got it."

COURTESY PHOTO: DAVID KINDER - Cast duo rehearses dance number.

"I'm not very mean," Brown said. So stepping into the role of a potentially murderous character has been an exciting and growing experience for her. "It's fun to play someone completely different," she said.

She also has really enjoyed the dance element to the play. "It feels kinda like a team sport to be honest, just everyone working together and practicing," Brown said."We're all really close … It's an amazing bonding experience." This experience has allowed her to meet and make friends with people she never would have otherwise.

Andrew Huang, a freshman this year, plays Billy Flynn — who Huang described as sort of the Justin Beiber of the show.COURTESY PHOTO: DAVID KINDER - Andrew Huang (front) sings.

He's new to Lake Oswego and said being a part of the musical has been a great way to meet new people.

"The best part is piecing the show together and seeing it come to life," Huang said.

Ari Vest plays Matron Mama Morton, who is a warden-esque character. Vest is a senior this year and this will be her second official Lake Oswego production.

"This is kinda cheesy but I really like another chance to work with my friends," Vest said. "They have by far been the force that's been getting me back into theater. Ever since I was a freshman I wanted to be in a musical but it took me until junior year to be in a musical because I was that afraid of performance."

"Chicago" is, in a way, the epitome of what Vest has been striving towards. "It's been feeling really fulfilling," she said.

Sophia Suhler, a senior, plays bass in the pit for the musical. She plays in the LO Jazz band and "Chicago" will be her first time participating in a high school play.

"My band teacher actually asked me to play bass in it because I've been playing bass for so long," she said. "I've never really considered doing pit before — until now —so I was kind of excited to try it out because it's something new."

COURTESY PHOTO: DAVID KINDER - Full cast during rehearsal.

Get your tickets

The musical runs for two weekends, with performances held Nov. 7, 9, 14 and 16 at 7 p.m and Nov. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. All performances are held at LOHS auditorium. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can be bought at the door, although it's encouraged you buy them ahead of time.

Reserve your ticket at www.eticketexpress.com.


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