Zanesville Community Theatre's production of "Chicago" opens Friday, April 15. (photo provided)
Zanesville Community Theatre's production of "Chicago" opens Friday, April 15. (photo provided)

Zanesville Community Theatre Presents “Chicago” April 15-24

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Zanesville Community Theatre will present the musical Chicago, opening April 15 and continuing through April 24.  The show is sponsored by Imlay Florist, Inc.

One of the longest-running productions on Broadway, the current revival of Chicago has received six Tony awards. The Zanesville Community Theatre production is being directed by veteran director Eric Blake, with Tom Tompkins as musical director.

Many of the production numbers will be familiar, including “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle.” The story takes place during Prohibition-era Chicago, where women murderers are the huge media stars of the day.

New to this scene is Roxie Hart, played by Jillian Von Gunten, who is charged with the murder of Fred Casely, played by Scott Robison. Chad Stemm appears as Roxie’s hapless husband, Amos. When Roxie goes to prison to await her trial, she is met by Velma Kelly (Dorlesia Jordan), who is the current reigning tabloid queen on murders’ row.

Jodi Mock Wolfe, as Mama Morton, is the matron whose patronage can make or break a girl’s stay in the prison. The other “merry murderesses” are played by Kristen Blodgett, Sarah Gantzer, Rachel Smith Tiffany Miller and Cary Underwood. They are later joined by Go to Hell Kitty, played by Allison Kreis. The attorney who makes his living from defending these women is Billy Flynn, played by Jared Gantzer.

The rest of the ensemble includes Philip Sakal, William Harris, Jordan Coots, Philip Palmer, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Willingham and Michelle Robison as Mary Sunshine. The stage crew, also included as members of the ensemble, are Monica Van Nort, Sally Goins and Phoenix Palmer.

Curtain time is 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees on April 17 and April 24. For reservations, or more information, call 740-455-6487 or visit