Thursday, August 20, 2009

Chicago at the Soo Theatre Aug 28-30

Soo Theatre Project is pleased to welcome the EUP Fine Arts Council production of the Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical Chicago August 28, 29, and 30 following its successful run at their home theatre in DeTour. This is the fourth time EUP Fine Arts Council has brought their productions to the Soo Theatre stage. Chicago is directed by David Rhinard, produced by Cindy Verruso and Susie Rhinard, music director Karen Hughes, and choreographed by Sherry Bailey.

There are many familiar faces filling this performance of Chicago from all over the EUP and Ontario.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario resident Rachelle Deresti will be playing the piano for the Soo Theatre presentation of Chicago. Deresti is the music director at the Little Stone Church on Mackinac Island and teaches at the Algoma Conservatory in the winter months. Deresti was the pianist for Soo Theatre’s 2007 summer production of Annie. Rachelle earned her performance degree in piano from the University of Toronto.

Karen Hughes is Little Mary Sunshine who plays her role primarily from the bandstand where she does her news reporting as well as keyboard playing. Hughes originally prepared the singers in musical rehearsals and is excited to see the progress of so many of the performers in the cast.

Jesse Strieter, the amazing and talented 16-year old from Pickford leads the rhythm section of the band. Jesse is no stranger to the Soo Theatre having been in It's a Grand Night for Singing, Die Fledermaus, and Oliver.

Trisha Wells plays Mona, one of the murderesses on the cell block. Casey Strieter, the beloved Bet in Oliver, takes on her first stage managing role and keeps things organized backstage and onstage. Director Dave Rhinard appears as the debonair lawyer, Billy Flynn. He will 'razzle dazzle' you as he aids the girls in the pursuit of their innocence. Nick and Julia Meier, seen on the Soo Theatre stage in South Pacific, add strong performances to the cast with their portrayals of Amos Hart - "Cellophane" and Mama Morton - "When you're good to Mama".

Chicago at the Soo Theatre is Friday, August 28th and Saturday, August 29th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, August 30th at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $16.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors (62 and up), $8.00 for students (High School & College undergrads ID). Discounts for pre-paid groups are $1.00 off each for groups of 25 or more, $2.00 off each for groups of 50 or more, and $3.00 off each for 75 or more.

For further information contact the Soo Theatre Project at (906) 632-1930 or Soo Theatre Project 534 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Soo Theatre does advise that Chicago is not suitable for elementary students.

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