By Orelia Oiknine ’23, student journalist and incoming Crozier Editor-in-Chief
Set in Cook County, Chicago in the Jazz Age, Chicago is a sensual, satirical musical depicting the murders commited by several women and the trials that followed them. Bishop O’Dowd’s rendition stars Anna Challberg as Velma Kelly, Tessa Rosen as Roxie Hart, and Ethan Lupoff as Billy Flynn. Between the dynamic choreography, powerful vocals, and animated acting, O’Dowd students captivatingly told the stories of their characters.
The ensemble took on the roles of the buzzing reporters of the trials, dedicated to finding the redemption and beauty lying within these murduresses. Their interpretations provided insight into the story-hungry and invasive nature of the press in the 20’s.
Senior Diego Whitehill who plays Amos Hart, shares, “After being so far apart from each other because of Covid, I’m really happy I got to make a connection with underclassmen and my long-time friends. I’m grateful for the theater because of how it’s been able to bring us together after being apart for so long.”
Indeed, this unity and community was apparent to the audience. Jack Lauer, audience member, describes the play as, “An incredibly energetic and fun play to watch! The love that our students have for theater, this play, and each other is so obvious through Chicago. One of my favorite plays I’ve seen at O’Dowd.”
Chicago provided O’Dowd students with an immersive, exciting way to express themselves creatively. Each student, actor, stagehand, and technician alike, all contributed to the electrifying musical. Lindsey Ashlock, English teacher, tells The Crozier, “This play showcased remarkable talent and strong voices of so many O’Dowd students. The student actors brought humor, sass, and sparkle to the stage. I loved it and I loved seeing my students bring their gifts to the stage.”
Each student’s commitment to the story provided the audience with an enthralling story about corruption, scandal, and show-business. Steamy, gripping, and humorous, Chicago is definitely a must-see.