SAF Young People’s Theater: “Chicago the Musical,” 2/3-2/5!

SAF Young People’s Theater: “Chicago the Musical,” 2/3-2/5!

Telluride’s Sheridan Arts Foundation’s Young People’s Theater continues its 24th season with the dazzling high school production of “Chicago the Musical.” The show is live at the historic Sheridan Opera House Friday, February 3 through Sunday, February 5, 2023. Show times are 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Doors open at 30 minutes prior.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for children 18 and under. Lap children are free. (Tickets are $1 more at the door to encourage people to buy in advance.) For tickets and more information visit or call 970-728-6363 ext. 4.

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Directed by Young People’s Theater Artistic Director Leah Heidenreich, “Chicago the Musical” stars 23 high schoolers in grades 9-12. The event is sponsored in part by the Wild Animal Sanctuary and Steamies.

“Chicago is such a spectacular show, and it’s so iconic. The choreography and the music are both some of the most known and loved musical theater of all time. Additionally, I think this production is more poignant than ever, and it’s been really fun to explore its themes with the kids. ‘Chicago’ is a commentary on humanity’s obsession with fame, attention, money, and the extremes people go to obtain that. In a world overrun with Tik Tok and Instagram likes, kids can relate to ‘Chicago’ now more than ever,” shares Heidenreich.

The story goes that in Roaring Twenties Chicago, chorus girl Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap…until Amos finds out he’s been duped and turns on her. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune, and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.

Heidenreich adds: “Chicago has some of the most iconic music of all time. Everyone will know and love “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango,” “Razzle Dazzle” and more!”

Cast Of Characters:

Master Of Ceremonies/Harry/Ensemble 1: Hollis Andrew

Liz/Ensemble: Kassidy Atherton

Mary Sunshine/Ensemble: Grace Aumiller

Mona/Ensemble: Savannah Baize

Third Reporter/Ensemble 7: Cece Chaffin

June/Ensemble: Pippa Gorraiz

Juror One/ Ensemble 11: Lori Gleria

Kitty/ Ensemble 12: Charlotte Guest

Velma Kelly: Olivia Hatcher

Fred Casely/ Ensemble 3: Hugh Hatcher

Roxie Hart: Calista Hattler

Harrison/ Ensemble 9: Livija Kramer

Ensemble 2: Sydney Martin

Annie/Ensemble: Macy McRoberts

Judge/Ensemble 8: Liv Mennehan

Billy Flynn: Emmett Murphy

Clerk/Ensemble 10: Lila Mueffelman

Fogarty/ Ensemble 4: Vanessa Ramirez

Reporter/Ensemble 5: Sonja Rikkers

Hunyak/Ensemble: Ryann Singer

Amos Hart: Jack Spencer

Ensemble 6: Annabelle Starr

Matron “Mama” Morton: Kiara Warren

Joining Heidenreich behind the scenes are choreographers Nicole Hatler and Ryan Heidenreich; Amy Bolte on set design; Tommy Wince on lighting design; Colin Casanova on sound design; and Traci Baize on costume design.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the CCAASE, Colorado Creative Industries, the Telluride Foundation, Johnson Family Foundation and an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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