2019 Senior School Production - Chicago
Kristin’s Senior School was proud to be one of the first schools in Australasia to be granted the rights to a newly adapted High School Edition of the musical Chicago, transforming the award winning production into a show that was more appropriate for a wider audience. With an incredibly talented cohort of students comprising the cast, crew and band, the timing could not have been more perfect to bring Chicago to the Kristin stage.
With the show announcement in October of 2018, keen students immediately began preparing themselves for an intense audition and call back process, which culminated in the cast announcement in December. Students worked diligently over the summer break to familiarise themselves with the uplifting score, and famous script. Simultaneously, members of the Production Team began collaborations; designing and visualising how we could transform the Kristin Auditorium into a Vaudeville style theatre in the late 1920’s, and how we could cohesively match this with clever and era appropriate costuming.
Rehearsals officially began in Term 1, with students instantly diving into the memorable music and challenging choreography. Staging was developed with individual talents in mind – an onstage Violin player, circus tricks such as juggling and ribbon work, and characterisations that stayed true to the story but better reflected the unique style of our cast members. Noting how vital the music is to the piece, the decision was made to put the band on stage for the first time in over 10 years. Our band, including Kristin students, staff and community professionals, became part of the visual spectacular on stage, and added to the atmosphere of all the iconic production numbers. A student crew, ably led by talented staff members, rounded out the production through their contributions in Wardrobe, Set, Hair & Make-Up, Lighting, Sound, Props and Front of House.
Chicago was seen by over 1,800 audience members across the three night season, and was met with astoundingly positive feedback. Executive Principal, Tim Oughton 2015-2019, wrote this to the Cast and Crew: “It had all the hallmarks of professionalism and excellence… the guests I had with me were stunned by the quality. Performing Arts defines Kristin in many ways – it demonstrates exceptional quality, real commitment and a wonderful sense of togetherness and community”.
Collectively, as a Performing Arts community, we can be so proud of our 2019 Senior School Production – and I wish to thank everybody – students, staff, parents and community members – who contributed to make Chicago another flagship Kristin Production to be remembered for a long time.
Artistic Director of Major Productions