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CB West Harlequin Club presents ‘Chicago, High School Edition’

At first glance, “Chicago” appears to be a musical that is all about glitz, glamour and crime and one might question why a high school edition would even exist.

Central Bucks West Director Jessica Bostock explains that “Chicago” is actually a satire that criticizes how show business and the media glamourize crime and that it actually makes for a thought-provoking choice for high school students. 

In selecting shows for her high school students, Jessica is always looking for growth opportunities.

She explained that she likes “Chicago” not only because it makes a strong statement about society, but it is also a dance show featuring the choreography of the well-known Bob Fosse.

“Chicago” is the first show at CB West in which Jessica auditioned for a specialized dance ensemble. 

“Chicago” is set in the 1920s and is based on the true story of several high-profile cases in which female murderers were acquitted of their crimes.

The show tells the story of accused murderers Velma Kelly, played by junior Sierra Safran, and Roxie Hart, played by sophomore Emma Mitchell, told through a series of vaudeville acts opening with the perennial favorite All That Jazz.      

“Chicago High School Edition” is playing at CB West High School, 375 W. Court Street, Doylestown, and runs Thursday, November 14th through Saturday, November 16th.

Curtain time is 7:00pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday and there is also a 2:00pm matinee on Saturday.

Tickets can be ordered on www.purplepass.com/westchicago.

All tickets are $10. Cash or check only at the door.   

PHOTO CAP: Emma Mitchell (Roxie Hart) and Shane Hickey (Amos Hart). Photo courtesy ©Jessica Briggs Photography.