‘Chicago!’: Mesabi Theatre performance June 26-29

The cast of Mesabi Musical Theatre's production of Chicago performs the opening dance during a recent rehearsal at the Mesabi Range College. The show runs from June 19-22 and from June 26-29.

VIRGINIA — Mesabi Musical Theatre, now in its eighth year, will present “Chicago” Thursday through Sunday and again June 26-29 at Mesabi Range College auditorium. Shows run at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday.

“Chicago,” directed by Jack Gritzmacher, English, speech and drama instructor in the Eveleth-Gilbert Schools, is a “tale of crime and punishment,” Gritzmacher said in an email. “It takes audiences on a jazzy trip to the Windy City during the height of Prohibition. When infamy goes to their heads, two murderesses fight for the attention of the sensationalist media, with assistance from a smooth-talking attorney and a crooked prison matron.” The book upon which “Chicago” is based was written by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, with music by Ebb and John Kander. “Chicago” debuted on Broadway in 1975, has been revived several times and was adapted into a 2002 Miramax film which won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Picture. The first production of Mesabi Musical Theatre was “Guys and Dolls” at Eveleth-Gilbert High School in 2002 starring high school actors. Now cast members of all ages participate.

The cast members and their parts are the following: Julie Jacobsma of Cloquet as Velma Kelly, Jennifer Bruemmer of Virginia as Roxie Hart, Matt Krage of Virginia as Billy Flynn, Cathy Larson of Eveleth as Matron “Mama” Morton, Abigail Fink of Virginia as Mary Sunshine and Brad Kishel of Virginia as Amos Hart.

The ensemble of men includes Christian Van Orsdel of Eveleth, Steve Tedman of Palo, Pete Klabechek of Eveleth, Samuel Saari of Virginia, Baker Felix of Virginia, Alex Adams Ranta of Virginia and Nick Sullivan of Hibbing.

The ensemble of women includes Kasie Saumer of Virginia, Josie Grabowski of Virginia, Kristen Carlsen of Virginia, Josie Moe of Eveleth, Emily Rannikar of Virginia, Juliann Perala of Virginia, Ashley Koivunen of Eveleth and Briona Currie of Gilbert.

The chorus and dancers includes Jose Baltazar of Biwabik, Lucas King of Virginia, Ben Harvey of Virginia, Megan Wallis of Chisholm, Kathryn Ostman of Virginia, Megan Vidas of Eveleth, Liz Porkkonen of Eveleth and Lauren Seaman of Virginia.

Tickets are on sale now and can be reserved online at: MesabiMusicalTheatre.com or by calling Matt Krage at 218-749-5437, extension 1249. Prices are $15 for the general public and $13 for students and senior citizens. Special seating accommodations can be made. Any additional questions can be sent via e-mail to MesabiMusical@gmail.com.

The production staff includes the following: Music director, Matthew Krage; conductor, Tara Grubbe; choreographer, Amber Johnson; technical director/stage manager, Jeremy Liimatta; lighting designer, Ben Frey; lighting technician, Sarah Hopkins; costume designer, Mary Creighton; poster, program design and publicity, Kathryn Gritzmacher; scenic artist, Rebecca Moore; sound technician/stage hand, Nathan Krause; sound technician, Jon Kwiatkowski; publicity/assistant stage manager, Tucker Nelson; assistant stage manager, Paul Carland; rehearsal pianist, Kris Weikum; assistant to the director/spotlight operator, Becky Boudreau; spotlight operator, Angel Imberg; box office manager, Susan Muermann Nelson; assistant box office/properties, Linda Currie; and dance captain, Kristen Carlsen.

The crew includes Demitri Johnson, Christian Maki, Shelby Persons, Alec Gritzmacher, Quinn Muhich and Alex Adams Ranta.

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