Whippany Park High School Theatre presented Chicago: High School Edition, by Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse, John Kander, and Maurine Dallas Watkins., February 28- March 2, in the Whippany Park High School Theatre located at 165 Whippany Road, Whippany.
Chicago: High School Edition, directed by WPHS English teacher, Jaquelynne Radcliff, is a story of “murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery…all the things we hold near and dear to our heart”. When wannabe Vaudeville performer, Roxie Hart, kills her lying lover, she finds herself amongst six other “merry murderesses”, including well-known performer, Velma Kelly, who are vying for the help of Mr. Billy Flynn, to help save their
“The show, while dark at points, is witty and fun. The dancing merges classic Fosse movement, with fun Vaudeville dances,” says Radcliff. This well-known Broadway classic finds its new home, on the high school stage with this new edition from Samuel French. As one of the first high schools to perform it, Radcliff states, “our students felt so honored to bring such an award-winning production to life on our stage and they absolutely ‘razzle dazzle’ you”.
About Whippany Park High School Theatre:
Whippany Park High School Theatre has been putting on performances for 51 years, celebrating their 50th anniversary last year, with a tribute performance to past shows and casts in June. They are proud participants of the Montclair Theatre Awards program and The Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Awards program. They put on two big performances a year- a fall drama and a spring musical. Throughout the years, many other events have taken place, as new directors have come in with inspiring ideas for the program.