“Chicago” Tops the Bill at Hyde School

IMG_7470On Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 Drama students at Hyde School performed Samuel French’s Chicago  in the Hyde School Cultural Center in Woodstock, Connecticut.

Chicago is a Samuel French, Inc. production that originally premiered in 1975. It has since won six Tony Awards, including Best Revival and later the Academy Award as Best Picture of the Year.

Set in roaring twenties Chicago, chorus girl Roxie Hart, played by Angie Guidera de Groot ’14, murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos, played by Evan Berger ’14, to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly, played by Destin Oliveira ’14, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of fortune, fame, and acquittal.

Directed by Laura Renard, Steven Bertozzi, and Tracy Shih, the production featured the following Hyde School students: seniors Evan Berger, Angie Guidera de Groot, Destin Oliveira, and Lucas Richards; junior Maya Markowicz; and sophomore Hannah Goldman.

Laura Renard, the head director of Chicago, shared her excitement before the show: “Chicago is a very challenging production that the students have taken on with determination and solid effort. We are honored to have the opportunity to perform this hit Broadway show in February.”

Audience reaction to the show was overwhelmingly enthusiastic: Woodstock resident Louise Meade commented, “I was blown away by the performance …truly a spectacular show….orchestra, cast and crew! Talk about reaching your potential!! WOW!!!

Click HERE for photos from ACT 1 and ACT 2 of Chicago.