Hoffman Estates High School Cast Gives 'Em the Old Razzle Dazzle

  • Grace Crowine, left, and Madelyn Crivlare, right, posing as the cover for Chicago the Musical.

    Grace Crowine, left, and Madelyn Crivlare, right, posing as the cover for Chicago the Musical. Courtesy of Parita Shah

Submitted by Parita Shah
Updated 2/11/2020 7:54 AM

Hoffman Estates High School's talented cast has been working hard to put on a show of "Chicago the Musical," perfecting a show filled with murder, excitement, and a whole lotta jazz. The musical highlights the talent present at Hoffman Estates, featuring strong female leads and dynamic performances from the entire ensemble. Set in the roaring 20's, we follow the story of two rival vaudevillian murderers locked up in Cook County Jail.

The musical is loosely based on the experiences of reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins and her interactions with criminals she reported on. A story filled with dark drama and suspense, set in the Jazz Age, Chicago transports you back in time when flappers roamed the streets and America was on the rise. Our story takes place during this exciting time and follows Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, two vaudevillians imprisoned for murdering their adulterous lovers. We meet the other inmates as well, all women who have been accused of murdering their husbands. Roxie Hart, accused of murdering her paramour, hires clever lawyer Billy Flynn who turns her case into a media spectacle, making Roxie Hart the most notorious celebrity in Chicago while Velma, a previous client of Flynn's, becomes jealous of Roxie's attention, causing tensions in the county jail. Chicago serves as a reminder that there's a little bit of good in everyone-- even in those you least expect it from. Come see Hoffman Estates High School's production of Chicago, a compelling tale of murder, anguish, deceit, and love to learn what happens to the women in the Cook County Jail.


The cast for this year's musical is exceptionally talented, with hard-hitters returning to the Hoffman stage in addition to impressive new actors.

When asked about her experience in the show, high school senior Grace Corwine said, "Being part of the musical for the past four years has given me the opportunity to meet so many people that share my passions. I would highly recommend trying out for the musical in high school, it's definitely worth it."

Andrew Luzwick says, "Playing Billy Flynn for my last musical has been an amazing opportunity and I've really enjoyed working with such a talented cast. Everyone brings something new to their roles."

Maddie Crivlare, playing the notorious Velma Kelly, emphasizes that "Playing Velma this year has helped me grow so much as a performer and as a person. I've gotten to continue working closely with my peers who I really respect, but beyond that it's just such a great experience to partake in." Director Jason Stevens perfectly describes this sentiment by adding, "We truly hope that the audience has just as much fun watching the show as we did creating it."

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If you're looking for a show filled with excitement, drama, mystery, and show stopping talent, buy tickets to see Chicago the Musical...it would be a crime to miss it!

Leave a voicemail at 847-755-5805 or visit https://forms.gle/iuRZpcsqyK4ik2CNA to purchase tickets! You can even buy tickets for $10 at the door.

Showtimes this year are Wednesday March 4th at 3 p.m., Thursday March 5th at 7 p.m., Friday March 6th at 7 p.m., and Saturday March 7th at 7 p.m.

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