Scotch'n'Soda Presents: Chicago

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Taking place in Rangos Ballroom in the Cohon Center last week, Scotch’n’Soda’s Spring Carnival show Chicago was one of the most thrilling events of the year and stunned audience members with high energy dance numbers, wonderful singing, and an all-around entertaining show. Directed by junior and computational finance major Adam Lerner and first-year Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences student Maxine Ewing, this production was beautifully done with a simplistic set, high quality music, and great utilization of the space.

The set featured two black curved platforms on each side of the stage rimmed with bright light bulbs that entranced guests with lighting cues that matched each elaborate number. In the center, the instrumentalists sat on raked steps with black and white designed music stands. It was truly an immersive experience for audience members to witness.

The show, taking place in 1920s Chicago, features two similar women, Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, who have each murdered their lovers. They attempt to gain publicity through choice words and actions in front of Chicago judges and the public. Featuring some raunchy numbers and hilarious characters, this has to be one of the most beloved Broadway shows.

The numbers were all high energy with elaborately choreographed routines by senior biology and chemistry double major Sarah Deluty, sophomore music student Emmi Dolph, and sophomore and decision sciences and engineering and public policy major Molly Rohrer. With spectacular attention to detail in body movement, this choreography captured the 1920s essence that was very entertaining to watch.

The equally amazing musicianship of musical directors, junior music student Caleb Glickman and sophomore music student Emma McAlister, brought the sound of Roxie and Velma’s world to life for audiences. The harmonies, intonation, and quality of each singer in the production was very well done and allowed the audience to feel like they wanted to get up and sing as well.

The costuming was terrifically done as well with all characters in black and white with the exception of the leads. Roxie, played by electrical & computer engineering senior Tara Stentz, sported a fire truck red dress whereas Velma, played by junior psychology and decision sciences double major Heather Graci, had on a stunning gold and black dress. The costuming fit well with the show as to not distract from the singing and dancing but rather to add flavor and interest to the production.

In total, the production was a smash hit with lines out the door of people swaiting to get a glimpse of this wonderfully talented cast. All in all, it was a successful production of Chicago done by Carnegie Mellon’s Scotch’n’Soda at this year’s Spring Carnival.