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Glenelg High delivers 'Chicago' with plenty of 'Razzle Dazzle'

Performers in Glenelg High School's "Chicago the Musical."
Performers in Glenelg High School's "Chicago the Musical." (Courtesy photo/Kassidy Sharp)

At the end of March, you can journey to Chicago’s past during the Roaring Twenties, when Glenelg High School’s Theatre Arts Department presents “Chicago the Musical (High School Edition).

The story is a satire about corruption and celebrity as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly compete for headlines in search of fame, fortune and acquittal for their crimes. The High School Edition changes some language and a few of the songs, but otherwise keeps the original musical, which is currently the second longest running show in Broadway history (intact.)

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Kassidy Sharp, the theatre arts director at Glenelg, is thrilled to “Razzle Dazzle you with this killer show.”

Performances will be Thursday, March 28, Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, at 7 p.m. There will also be matinees on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31, at 2 p.m.

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Tickets are $10 per person and will be sold at the door. Tickets can also be purchased in the front office or online at ghs.hcpss.org. Once on that page, go to the Online Payments link.

With a cast of 68 students, 15 band members in the orchestra pit and three students in the stage crew, this is a large and talented group of students. Student cast members include Mary Mae Robinson, Delaney Smith, Collin Finnan, Raj Ukondwa, Sierra Suarez, Hassan Malik, Nikki Wildy, Kiersten King, Sydney Repole, Mili Jovanovic, Anna Hintz, Carson Payne, Jake Miu, Kelsey Flavin, Tony Suarez, Matt Leavitt, Clay Capenos, Cameron Denny, Jasmine Daniel, Nicole Zhang, Bella Galgano, Charlotte Benfer, Jenna Shaughness, Angela Vaysman, Evan Williams, Graham Dilworth, Sam Pippenger and Toyosi Abu.

According to Maddy Rothfield, a junior member of the ensemble, Glenelg High School’s “Chicago” is “A gripping tale of love and murder that will have you on the edge of your seat until the curtain closes.”

Make your plans to see “All That Jazz” in this cynical and witty performance.

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Sori Meredith, volunteer chair of Scouting for Food in Howard County wants everyone to know that it’s time for Scouting for Food. Don't forget to leave your non-perishable food donation out after 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, for the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturing Crew members and Girl Scouts to pick up. Help the Scouts restock the shelves at the local food pantries. The food will be delivered to one of 25 food pantries in Howard County, where it will be available for our neighbors in need.

The Gladiator Casino Night will be Saturday, April 27 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Salandra’s Barn in Woodbine. Support the Glenelg High School Booster Club and help raise funds to support the academic and athletic programs at Glenelg. Tickets will cost $65 per person and include heavy appetizers, beer and wine, desserts, starter chips for gambling games including poker, roulette, black jack and money wheel and lots of other great prizes. Go to glenelgboosters.com to purchase your tickets.

The Literature Lock-in at Glenwood Middle School was a great success, with over 70 readers taking part. Mary Powers, the advisor for the Leo Club at Glenwood, expressed thanks to Erin Matthews of Books with a Past and Lori Conforti, the teen instructor at the Glenwood Branch of the Howard County Library.

Matthews donated books for the students to take home, while Conforti spent the evening at Literature Lock-in talking with the students about books available at the library. Tickets for the Lock-in were purchased with a donation of used books to Glenwood Middle. Over 3,000 books were collected, and subsequently donated to Highlandtown Elementary, Oakland Mills Middle and Wilde Lake High schools. Students at Glenwood Middle had fun while they helped other students around the area.

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