Aligning Stars Theatre Group to perform "Chicago"

Star character “Roxie,” center in all gold, is played by Annika Hauser, who is a currently a student at McFarland High School. She is featured with most of the “Chicago” dance core.

The Stoughton Aligning Starts Theatre will bring “the Roaring Twenties, murderous tales and classic Broadway jazz” to the Oregon High School Performing Arts Center later this month.

Performances of “Chicago” will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, through Saturday, July 27, at 456 N. Perry Pkwy.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and will be available at the door the day of performances.

Advanced reserved seating is available at oregonperformingartscenter.com.

An Aligning Stars Theatre news release states that high school and college-age performers primarily from Stoughton and McFarland will put on its edition of “Chicago,” a Tony Award winning musical.

“This summer marks the first time (Aligning Stars Theatre group) will branch out and perform in a venue outside of those two communities,” publicist Andrea Novotny wrote in an email to the Hub.

“Chicago” is a satirical story about Chicago’s corrupt criminal justice system and “the rivalry of two murderesses as they vie for top celebrity status.” Set during the Roaring Twenties in the city, Roxie Hart murders a lover and persuades her husband to take the fall for the crime, at least until he finds out she’s tricked him and he turns on Roxie.

“Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another ‘Merry Murderess,’ Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the ‘American Dream:’ fame, fortune and acquittal,” the release states. “Audiences will deigned at famous songs such as ‘All That Jazz’ and will recognize the distinct style of the musical made famous by original Broadway creator and choreographer, Bob Fosse.”

According to the release, the production will feature 53 cast members.

For information, email Novotny at anovotny@charter.net or call 575-7739.