WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Playhouse has announced the cast for its production of the John Kander-Fred Ebb-Bob Fosse classic musical comedy, "Chicago," which will be presented 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and July18-19 and 2 p.m. Sunday and July 20.
Reservations are available by calling the playhouse at (304) 737-3344.
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, "Chicago" focuses on chorus girl Roxie Hart and flapper Velma Kelly, both accused of murders and both vying for the spotlight from an eager press corps. "Chicago" was the recipient of six Tony awards and six Drama Desk awards, including best revival of a musical from both presenters. According to director Nic Taylor of Wellsburg, "This is the 16th production I've directed, and this is the strongest ensemble cast I've ever had."
The cast includes Emily Hores of Wellsburg as Velma Kelly and Kacie Craig of Weirton as Roxie Hart. John Heiserman of Weirton will portray attorney Billy Flynn, for whose counsel the two defendants compete. Michelle Turner of Wintersville has the role of Matron "Mama" Morton, a corrupt corrections officer who rules the women's section of the Cook County Jail. Brent Kimball of Wellsburg is cast as Amos Hart, Roxie's estranged husband.
Other actors in "Chicago's" story of murder, sex and corruption include Caitlin Luck of Wellsburg as Mary Sunshine; John Ward of Weirton as the Judge and Harry; Hayden Heiserman of Weirton as Aaron; Grant VanCamp of Follansbee as Martin Harrison; and Zach Greenlief of Wellsburg as Fred Casely.
The cast also includes Lindsay Six of Follansbee as Mona; Sherry Rocchio of Colliers as Go-to-Hell Kitty; Kendra Wickham of Richmond as Annie; Kylie Fodor of Windsor Heights as June; Gretchen Carter of Weirton as Hunyak; and Courtney Shaffer of Colliers as Liz.
The ensemble of actor-singer-dancers consists of Gabby Bennett and Sydney Bennett of Follansbee; Emily Fournier, Sierra Mortimer and Alexis Hardrow of Weirton; Margaret Camilletti, Jennifer Luck and Hayleigh Sutak of Wellsburg; and Aaron Marinacci of Wintersville.
The playhouse's next production will be Eve Ensler's comedy-drama "The Vagina Monologues," to be presented at 8 p.m. July 25-26. Each of the monologues, alternating among three actors, deals with an aspect of the female experience, with recurring themes of female empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. Because of explicit content and language, the play is recommended for adults only.
"The Vagina Monologues," which won the 1997 Obie Award for best off-Broadway play, has been staged internationally, and a television version featuring Ensler was produced by HBO. In 1998, Ensler and others launched V-Day, a global non-profit movement that has raised more than $75 million for women's anti-violence groups.
The rest of the season includes Chris Grabenstein's adventure for young audiences, "Curiosity Cat," Aug. 1-3 and 8-10; "The Congressman," a comedy by W.C. Parker, adapted for readers' theater by Charles Calabrese, Aug. 15-17; and Ken Ludwig's comedy-mystery, "The Game's Afoot or, Holmes for the Holidays," Aug. 22-24 and 29-31.
As was the case last season, all Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8 p.m., and all Sunday performances will be 2 p.m. matinees.
Auditions for "The Game's Afoot" will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Brooke County Arts Council's downtown Wellsburg offices, 636 Charles St. The Arts Council is the parent organization for the playhouse.
"The Game's Afoot" is set in the home of legendary actor William Gillette, best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. When one of his holiday guests is stabbed to death, Gillette takes on the character of the great detective to solve the mystery.
The script calls for three men and five women of various ages. No preparation is necessary for auditions. Actors will be asked to read excerpts from the script. Anyone unable to audition at the scheduled time should call the playhouse, at (304) 737-3344 by Friday to make other arrangements.
For information, go to www.brookehillsplayhouse.com or visit the organization's Facebook page.