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Chicago Debut Brings Large Crowds

Picture Taken by Ron Cullums


July 23, 2012


Lancaster – The Lancaster Festival debut of the Ohio University Lancaster Theatre production of "Chicago: The Musical" was a huge success. There was a large turnout for both the afternoon and evening showings.


"Chicago is the most attended show since the revival of theatre at OUL," said A. Victor Jones, theatre director. "And there are four more shows to go."


The Ohio University Lancaster Theatre Department is doing one of only 23 licensed productions of Chicago in the United States this year. The actors and dancers are primarily from Fairfield, Hocking and Franklin Counties.


Linda Kauffman attended the performance on Sunday. She works for the Fairfield County Economic Development Office and says this was something she couldn't wait to see.


"I have seen this show performed twice before and seen the movie. I was amazed at the quality of the OUL production. The actor's voices fit their characters, diction was impeccable, the orchestra was right on and the set changes were made with precision," said Kauffman. "It was and is an event not to be missed. It's a high energy show. The effort to bring theater back to OUL is in high gear."


The cast is made up of more than 30 people from the region with various educational backgrounds and theatre experience. Nine of the cast members are Ohio University Lancaster students and 14 are from Lancaster. In addition to the cast, there are 12 musicians in the orchestra and a crew of 20 backstage.


"The cast of Chicago delivered a knock out performance during our Lancaster Festival premiere," said Jones.


The play will be shown again after the Lancaster Festival during the first week of August. There will be showings on August 2 at 7 p.m., August 3 at 7 p.m. and August 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will be reserved seating for the show. Tickets are $12, $10 and $8 each.