Genesee Center for the Arts Presents: CHICAGO

The Genesee Center for the Arts and the Forum Players at Genesee Community College will conclude its 2009-2010 theatrical season with the musical great, Chicago , on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM.

The Genesee Center for the Arts and the Forum Players at Genesee Community College will conclude its 2009-2010 theatrical season with the musical great, Chicago, on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM. Subsequen t performances include Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 PM, as well as a matinee performance on Sunday, April 11 at 2:00PM.

Chicago is a Kander and Ebb musical set in prohibition era Chicago. The music is by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb and choreography by Bob Fosse. Murderesses Velma Kelly, a nightclub singer who killed her husband and sister after finding them in bed together and Roxie Hart, who killed her boyfriend when she discovered he wasn't going to make her a star, find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920’s Chicago. The story is a satire on corruption within the administration of the criminal justice system, and the concept of the "celebrity criminal." The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins, and involves actual criminals and crimes she reported on.

Consisting of Genesee Community College students and local community artists, the cast and crew of this production of Chicago includes K’la Barber (Bronx, NY), Aryn Bielski (Oakfield, NY), Alyssa Brunette (Brockport, NY), Karleigh Chatt (Batavia, NY), Kiley Conklin (Geneva, NY), Kiara Davis (New York, NY), Johnny Dow ( Rochester, NY), Angel Ebert (Albion, NY), Jessica Francis (Perry, NY), Leland Fuller (Byron, NY), Norm Gayford (Warsaw, NY), Alex Grayson (Oakfield, NY), Jamie Hicks (Sterling, NY), Jason Juliano (Batavia, NY), Joshua Lang (LeRoy, NY), Ben Liebrand (Rochester, NY), Nikole Marone (Batavia, NY), Tara Pocock (Batavia, NY), Crystal Ray (Bronx, NY), Robert Reiss (Elba, NY), Anjelica Sistruck (Syracuse, NY) and Richard Torres (Bronx, NY).

Chicago is directed by Maryanne Arena, director of Fine and Performing Arts at Genesee Community College, with technical direction by Ed Hallborg, technical director and technical theatre faculty member at the Genesee Center for the Arts. Music direction by Ann Reid, Musical Director and music faculty member at Genesee with Ian Gayford as assistant musical director, a 16-year-old student from Warsaw High School. Choreography is directed by Patti Simmons, a former faculty member of the Fine and Performing Arts department at Genesee with Victoria Riggel, a SUNY Brockport theater student, as the assistant choreographer.

“Chicago is full of amazingly powerful and popular musical numbers with incredible choreography for our audience members,” director Maryanne Arena said. “The actors and crew have worked very hard and are ready to show the community the talents and skills that they possess. This show is not to be missed!”

General admission ticket prices for Chicago are $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for non-Genesee students, seniors (55+) and Genesee faculty and staff, and $3.00 for Genesee students with a valid ID.

For ticket information or reservations, which are strongly recommended, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585-343-0055 x6814, or by email to The Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office accepts cash and checks only; credit cards are not accepted.

Genesee Community College is located in Batavia, NY, just 2 minutes from NYS Thruway Exit 48. Visit for door-to-door directions sent via email.

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Editor’s Note:
A photo opportunity with the cast of Chicago is scheduled for Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 6:30 PM in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee’s Batavia Campus.