Vail Valley Theatre Company holding auditions for ‘Chicago’ Tuesday, Wednesday in Edwards |

Vail Valley Theatre Company holding auditions for ‘Chicago’ Tuesday, Wednesday in Edwards

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What: Auditions for Vail Valley Theatre Company’s production of “Chicago the Musical.” Adults only.

When: Auditions take place from 6 to 9 p.m. today. Show set for Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25.

Where: Colorado Mountain College in Edwards.

More information: Have 24 to 32 bars of music prepared and be ready to learn a dance. Call 970-306-1086 or email for more information.

Do you love jazz music and the idea of being brought back in time to the prohibition and speakeasy time? Vail Valley Theatre Company is seeking men and women to fill the principal cast and ensemble of “Chicago the Musical.” No previous experience is necessary.

Being involved in a community theater production creates a camaraderie, which does not disappear when the curtain goes down. Auditions takes place Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Colorado Mountain College Edwards Campus.

Please prepare one song (preferably from a musical) for your audition. Bring sheet music in the right key if you wish to sing with an accompanist, or an iPod/music player with the backing track programmed. A music player will be provided. Backing tracks from the show will be provided as well. Come prepared to move. If you plan to audition for leading ladies Velma or Roxie, be prepared to dance.

“Chicago” is a musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal.” The Vail Valley Theatre Company production will be under the artistic direction of Beth Swearingen and musical direction of Dawn Poff.

Principal characters include:

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Roxie Hart – A wannabe vaudevillian and murderess who kills her lover after a spat and is sent to jail.

Velma Kelly – A vaudevillian and murderess who is on trial for killing her cheating husband and sister. She is represented by Billy Flynn and competes with Roxie Hart over him.

Billy Flynn – Velma and Roxie’s lawyer who has a perfect track record and makes celebrities of his clients to win sympathy and sway public opinion.

Amos Hart – Roxie’s faithful and good-natured but simple husband whom nobody pays attention to. He spends most of the play trying to make Roxie take interest in him or even just acknowledge his existence.

Matron “Mama” Morton – The matron of the Cook County Jail who believes that all favors she gives should be reciprocated.

Mary Sunshine – The newspaper reporter who follows the trials of both Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly. In most productions, Sunshine is revealed to be a male at the end of the show.

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