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'Chicago: Teen Edition' opens at the Alexandria Area High School Thursday, Nov. 17

The show will run through Sunday, Nov. 20.

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Rehearsing for their upcoming performance of "Chicago: Teen Edition" are, left to right, Hannah Skillings, Chloe Roed, Savannah Auran, Brynn Kosters, Sydnee Byrne and Sailor Peterson. The show opens Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Alexandria Area High School.
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ALEXANDRIA — The Alexandria Area High School Theatre Department will present "Chicago: Teen Edition" Nov. 17-20 at the Performing Arts Center.

In the Roaring Twenties Chicago, this musical satire follows felon jazz stars, Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, as they vie for fame and attention in search of their "American Dream" – fame, fortune and acquittal. Featuring iconic songs such as "Cell Block Tango" and "All That Jazz," Chicago has amassed more than 10,000 Broadway performances, making it one of the longest-running Broadway musicals of all time.

“I am proud of the product. The process and work has created a gratifying show and I am excited to show the community,” said AAHS senior Tai Auran, who plays Billy Flynn.

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The cast from "Chicago: Teen Edition," including Leah Zenner and Tai Auran, front, rehearse for their upcoming performance. The show will be performed at the Alexandria Area High School Nov. 17 through Nov. 20.
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Alexandria Area High School's production also features senior Parker Zwach as Roxie Hart and junior Chloe Roed as Velma Kelly, junior Breck Hocum as Amos, and senior Naneisha Vargas as Mama Morton.

"Chicago: Teen Edition" is directed by Jessica Chipman with vocal coaching by Kayla Noble, pit direction by Colt Lien and choreography by Jackson Grove.

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Reserve seating is recommended. Suggested audience is for ages 12 and older. The show will run Thursday, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and also on Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased on the high school's website or by calling 320-762-2141.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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