CHICAGO Tickets Go on Sale on November 5

Tickets for Holy Redeemer’s production of Chicago: High School Edition go on sale on Tuesday, November 5th. And if the past few years have been any indication of what to expect, it is a crazy experience trying to buy tickets.

“Two years ago we sold out all of our shows in less than 90 minutes,” says Drama Teacher Peter Taylor.  “Last year, we sold out in less than 30 minutes. This is a good problem to have, but it is still a problem; and something we want to fix.”

Tickets will go on sale at 8:00 am on the 5th. There will be tickets available for all of the public performances, which will run nightly at 7 pm from December 4th to 7th, plus two matinees on the 7th at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. “We have to make sure the cast and crew have tickets for their families. This will be done ahead of time. From there, we will make sure each show has tickets available for the public,” says Taylor. 

Over 45 grade 7 to 12 students will be taking part in the production, which tells the story of Roxie Hart (Katie Blue and Morgan Steffler), a young lady in 1920’s Chicago who dreams of becoming a star. After murdering her ex-boyfriend, she becomes a sensational star in the media’s eyes, thanks to her lawyer, Billy Flynn (Thomas Pennings). The book was written by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

The production will see a number of returning actors that audiences may remember from previous shows. Joining Blue, Pennings, and Steffler on stage in some of the major roles will be Jayna Fedorak and Ava Simmons as Velma Kelly, Carissa Simmons as Matron Mama Morton, and Jesse Cesario as Amos Hart.

“This show is certainly a lot of work compared to past years,” says Blue, who is also a recent Festival award winner for Best Actress. “There is so much singing and dancing. But at the same time, it is so much fun!”

There are a number of newcomers to the world of drama who will be making their HRH theatrical debuts in December. This includes grade 7 students Gabe Baleja, Denelle Broderson, Kaytlynn Comeau, Camryn Leslie, Hayden Roth, and Nevaeh Severson; grade 8 students Emilee Bradet, Bria Sabourin, and Dylan Watson; grade 9 students Josslyn Miller, Alyse Mitchell, and Rayna Matthews; grade 10 students Blare Benson and Skylar Hansen; and one of the school’s exchange students Mia Cattanach. “Ask any one of our veteran actors and they will always remember their first roles,” says Taylor. “And these students will forever remember theirs as well.”

On top of having a high calibre cast, the show’s crew is also top notch. Led by Stage Manager Mekha George, the team is made up of Assistant Stage Managers Danielle Bittner, Josina Kennedy, and Kirsten Landry, and Sound Technician Haley Squire.

The HRH Drama Department is currently looking for local businesses to help sponsor the show. Thus far Bannister GM has stepped forward to be a major sponsor. “So many businesses help sponsor our play each and every year,” says Taylor. “Some businesses, such as Smitty’s, McDonald’s, Thymes Two and Trail Printing have sponsored our show every year since our school opened in 2003.” Companies interested in sponsoring the production are encouraged to contact the school for more information.

So be sure to circle November 5th in your calendar, and set your alarm nice and early. This show is still expected to sell out fast.