The music rang out along the street as the sun began to set. As dark lined clouds rolled in to set the ominous mood it was as if they knew "murder and mayhem" were about to take place in this otherwise quiet, sleepy little town of Momence. Everyone was bundled in fleece jackets and cuddled together under blankets trying to stay warm on this unusually cold July evening. The cold quickly left you as you were mesmerized by the clear, crisp, lyrical song opening the show. As the sun sank further into the night sky, the corruption equalled the darkness falling as Mama belted out her number. Strong,
CHICAGO's music about murder and acquittal is exceptionally upbeat and fun; contrary to what one would think given the topic! Acting Out Theatre's lead roles of Velma Kelly played by the stunningly gorgeous Angela Chinn and Roxie Hart played by the striking and talented Kendra DeMarah exhibited a calibre of performance equivalent to a musical performance in our nearby city of Chicago. Both Kendra and Angela hit each and every note with the perfection of a seasoned veteran. Not missing a beat, acting and dancing along with their powerful singing, the two portrayed perfectly their characters' sweet, egotistical, and murderous souls. Amos Hart, played by none other than the infamous Pat Skelly, couldn't have been cast any better. His sweet, trusting personality and kind heart was pleasantly painted upon his character. Amos' sadness poured out onto the stage for all as it elicited sympathy. Then we had Billy Flynn played by Kyle Cassady who seized you auditorily and pulled you along his character's self-absorbed, womanizing journey. The entire cast embodied such deft abilities as the audience was captured by song, dance, music, and story.
This level of success isn't accomplished alone. It takes a skilled director to have a vision of completion and to communicate with the cast. Director
Next year, the theater group will entertain us with LES MISERABLES. For more information, go to actingouttheatre.org. Also, don't forget that A NIGHT IN SLEEPY HOLLOW will be October 11,12, 18, and 19 at the Perry Farm and IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE a radio play will be live at the Majestic Theater on December 13, 14, and 15th this year.
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Behind the Scenes of CHICAGO