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West Fargo Summer Arts Intensive sets auditions for ‘Chicago’

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Cast and orchestra auditions for the Summer Arts Intensive 2013 musical, “Chicago,” will be held April 15 and 16 at the West Fargo High School. Auditions are open to all area performers and musicians ages 15-20. Interested artists are asked to schedule their audition time by contacting Summer Arts director, Adam Pankow, at apankow@west-fargo.k12.nd.us or 701-499-1834.

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Four performances of “Chicago” are scheduled for August 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and August 4 at 2:30 p.m. Cast rehearsals will be on a four-day schedule from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning July 8 and concluding August 4.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s,”Chicago” is the story of jazz-age chorine Roxie Hart who murders a faithless companion and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media, and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which could easily be ripped from today’s tabloid headlines.

With a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse and music by John Kander and Fred Ebb, “Chicago” is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Album, and the 2003 Academy Award as Best Picture of the Year. The original production, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, opened in 1975 and was nominated for nine Tony awards.

Led by local arts educators and professionals committed to quality, individualized training in a positive and supportive educational environment, Summer Arts Intensive is made possible through collaboration with the West Fargo Public Schools. Its mission is to further develop the personal and artistic talents of emerging young artists as they gain a comprehensive understanding of theatre production and performance. “Chicago” marks the third production for Summer Arts Intensive following previous productions of “Pippin” and “A Chorus Line.”

Additional information about Summer Arts Intensive and “Chicago” is available at www.WestFargoTheatre.com.

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