LMC Summer Theatre presents Chicago

Article Published: Jun. 27, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 7, 2013

“Chicago” is coming to Banner Elk.

Lees-McRae College’s Summer Theatre will present the first of three summer productions starting Monday with the performance of “Chicago.”

Also in this summer’s lineup will be “The 39 Steps” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”

The season will run through Aug. 10.

“Starting off the season from July 1-7, ‘Chicago’ is sure to be a crowd favorite. This well-known production features everything a great performance should,” theater officials said.

“We’ve wanted to produce ‘Chicago’ for several years, and audiences have been asking for it for some time,” said Michael Hannah, director and costume designer for “Chicago.” “We were able to secure the rights for this year and we’re giving the audiences what they’ve been wanting.”

In Roaring Twenties Chicago, chorus girl Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap —until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie.

Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream” — fame, fortune and acquittal.

“Chicago is a dark musical satire that’s probably even more relevant today than it was when the show premiered in the mid-1970s or in the 1920s when the original story took place,” Hannah said. “Our society makes celebrities out of criminals and seems to reward bad behavior with media attention. TV shows focus on sensational crime trials, and we can’t get enough. ‘Chicago’ speaks directly to us and makes us question how far we’d all go to have our five minutes of fame.”

“Chicago” will be performed at 7 p.m. on July 1, 3, 5 and 6 and at 2 p.m. July 3, 6 and 7.

All shows are held in the Broyhill Theatre of Hayes Auditorium

For more information on Summer Theatre, call (828) 898-8709. Online ticket purchases are available at http://www.lmst.lmc.edu.

The box office is also open in Hayes Auditorium.

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