An Entrancing Start to the Brentwood Musical

Saturday, October 02, 2021 - By: Neve M, Hope ‘23

Every arts afternoon, in first block, the Brentwood musical program assembles. Exhilarating sounds of music fill the campus as students dance, sing, and act. A joyful group enters the dance studio and the Killy Theatre to work on their musical numbers, dance, and act. The atmosphere is electric and everyone is eager to learn. This year the musical program takes on an exciting and impressive new musical, Chicago, set in the Jazz Age.

Watching musical theatre from the sidelines is enticing; the yearning to join in on the fun is overpowering. “Musical is a really fun and bubbly environment. It’s a great place to meet people in different houses and grades while doing something you love” states Clare R, Hope ‘24.

The musical is practicing diligently and already there are mentions of dress rehearsals and the big final show. Everyone is excited for the big premiere later in February.

Chicago is an American musical featuring strong female leads and a gripping plot as Roxie Hart, a wannabe burlesque star, murders her lover and is arrested. Throughout the musical, we meet the other endearing leads, Velma Kelly and Amos Hart.

Auditions got off to a wonderful start. Callbacks are currently taking place and roles will soon be finalized. Everything is quite confidential, as the musical society is keeping everything on the down low, but one thing can be said about the roles: “I’m really happy that Chicago was chosen as the musical this year. The roles are all so interesting and great” enthused Ty D, Whittall ‘23.

I’m definitely looking forward to the 2021-2022 musical. Ms Amy Staples’ amazing choreography, Mrs Edna Widenmaier’s directing, Mr Phil Newn’s music and Ms Kim Plough’s stage management will produce another absolutely breathtaking show.  

Neve M, Hope ‘23

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