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March 26, 2012

VAPA presents "Chicago" at ULM March 29-31

The University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Visual and Performing Arts is proud to bring the celebrated musical "Chicago" to ULM's Brown Theatre March 29-31. Each evening's performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

The show is a song and dance extravaganza.

The story is based on actual murder trials of two women that took place in the 1920s that was played out in the newspapers and tabloids of that era.

The musical is well-known to American audiences from the Academy Award-winning film version that was adapted from it, which won "Best Picture" in 2002.

The cast features many ULM theatre veterans.

Melissa Champion and Alyssa Flowers play the two femme fatales, Velma and Roxie, and Caleb Wilkins plays the high-powered Chicago defense lawyer, Billy Flynn.

Allyson Wilson will appear in the part of big-voiced Mamma Morton, and newcomer Nathanael Medlin will appear as Amos, Roxie's long-suffering husband.

Orlandzeo Hennings will appear as Little Mary Sunshine, the news reporter.

ULM Division of Theatre and Dance Professor Robin Stephens will direct and choreograph the show, assisted by Tina Mullone as associate choreographer.

The show will benefit from the musical direction of Julian Jones and the conducting skills of Dr. Jason Rinehart. Margaret M. Hall will provide costumes of the era, and Dr. Mark Clark will serve as vocal coach for the production.

Allison Tugwell will serve as the production's stage manager.

This production contains adult language and themes.

Tickets for the show are $15 general admission; ULM faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $5.

ULM student tickets are free with ULM identification.

Discounts are available for special groups; call 318-342-1414 for information.

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