• Expressive Arts
  • STEAM
  • Senior
  • Sixth Form

 

Welcome to the roaring twenties, where jazz, glitz, and crime collide in the sensational world of "Chicago." This iconic musical takes us on a journey through the gritty streets of 1920s Chicago, where the pursuit of fame, fortune, and the elusive American Dream becomes a deadly dance.

Roxie Hart (played by Abigail) murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos Hart (played by Kylie) to take the rap... until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie.

Convicted and sent to death Roxie and another "Merry Murderess" Velma Kelly (played by Anna) vie for the spotlight in the media frenzy surrounding crime and celebrity. As Roxie and Velma compete for attention, the audience is treated to a dazzling display of dance numbers and musical prowess. The Cell Block Tango becomes an anthem of murder and seduction, captivating audiences with its dark allure.

Chicago is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history! It first opened at the 46th Street Theatre in New York City on June 3, 1975. The production, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, ran for 936 performances. On Nov 14, 1996, a revival of the show opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. It was transferred to the Shubert Theatre, and then to the Ambassador Theatre, where, more than two decades later, it continues to run, logging nearly 10,000 performances.

The dedicated drama pupils performed the show of Chicago on two nights giving us a double dose of all that jazz! None of this would have been possible without the talented team behind the scenes too, A big mention must go out to the DT Department, Mrs Dege-Edy alongside Mrs Ganderton, the Year 10 Dt group and clever creators of the Dt club who not only created the set but added an extra special touch with their beautifully made centerpieces.

Mrs J Fisher - Head of Expressive Arts said:

"The enthusiasm and excitement that came from the school when we revealed that this year’s School Production was to be ‘Chicago’, instantly created a buzz. We auditioned for the performing roles, knowing we couldn’t do this show if we had a weak link and we were thrilled with the calibre of our company. We enlisted a school band, made up of our own girls alongside their teachers. We recruited crew members, creating an outstanding backstage team, with a costume and make-up department, lighting and sound technicians and formidable stage managers.

The performers have developed the characters and as they have learnt the lines, the music, the songs and the dances, their talent coming together to bring to life these exaggerated and self-indulgent people, with the pathos shining through when a character actually represents what we know to be the truth". 

EXPRESSIVE ARTS AT MSJ
We have been appointed as a Trinity Champion Centre 2023/24 by Trinity College London for the third year running. We were also thrilled to be awarded the Artsmark Gold Award for 2023, recognising our outstanding Arts provision. 100% of our pupils participate in Expressive Arts activities over the school year as creative, reviewer, audience member, and more. Across Art, Drama and Music, a wealth of activities and experiences support our girls in a creative and collaborative approach beyond the classroom. 

 Mrs Olivera Raraty - Headmistress said:

"Congratulations to everyone involved in the magnificent Chicago production which was an absolute triumph!! 

It was a truly fantastic night of theatre, brilliant dark humour delivered with impeccable comic timing, and so entertaining!!  I was so very delighted for you all as I know how much hard work you put into the rehearsals and production as a whole to make it such a success.

This was a hugely ambitious production given the many stylistic elements to the music, script and dance choreography but you were more than equal to the challenge and pulled it off with great aplomb! 

You should all be so proud of yourselves as the music and performances were all exceptional from start to finish with so many memorable moments. The staging and costumes were evocative and impactful so well done to the backstage crew too.  The wonderful art deco lanterns at the tables added an additional creative touch.

Well done to you all whether you were performing, singing, dancing, in the orchestra, supporting crew or directing. A huge thank you to your inspiring teachers led by Mrs J Fisher (Head of Drama) and Mrs L Miller (Head of Music) supported by Miss H Burton, Miss R Maxwell and Mrs K Rolfe (Head of DT) who made it all possible.You are all wonderful!! Thank you to the estates and hospitality teams too.

The beautiful program will be a special souvenir for me and all that amazing MSJ jazz!

One very proud and profoundly grateful Headmistress",