Chicago The Musical

Chicago The Musical

  • Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
  • Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb

"Who says that murder's not an art?" The Cook County Jail gets turned on its ear when Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly vie for the attention of the slick, hot-shot lawyer, Billy Flynn in an all-in game of survival of the fittest. Which of these merry murderesses will come out on top in this sexy, dazzling, jazz-age musical? Another wonderful School of Theatre and Dance and Kirkland Fine Arts Center co-production. 

Performance Info

  1. Friday, November 15th at 7:30pm 
  2. Saturday, November 16th at 7:30pm
  3. Sunday, November 17th at 2:00pm
  • Location: Kirkland Fine Arts Center

Ticket Info 

Single ticket prices: $18 - $24
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Event Date

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 7:30pm to Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 2:00pm

Maura Beth Fawley – Roxie

Senior Musical Theatre  

Carbondale, CO  

Maura Fawley- Spent the summer as the historical figure, ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’, at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Colorado. Recent credits include Miss Me (Millikin University); Strangest Things: The Musical (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre); The Sound of Music (Riviera Supper Club); Beauty and The Beast (ACT Theater); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Shrek (Theatre Aspen School); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods, and How to Succeed...(Sol Theater). 


Hope Klessig – Velma  

Senior Musical Theatre  

Brillion, WI  

Hope Klessig was last seen performing as Jane McDowell in The Stephen Foster Story in Kentucky. Other credits include Cinderella in Into The Woods (The Prizery); Doralee in 9 to 5: The Musical (MU); Sue in Carrie (Pipe Dream Studio Theatre); Swing in Heathers: The Musical (MU); Velma in West Side Story (Fox Valley Theatre); The Addams Family (The Prizery); Chelsea Sunrise (MU); Joseph (Stephen Foster Story), and touring with The Kids From Wisconsin (‘15-’16).   


Piper Charlton – Mama Morton  

Junior Musical Theatre, Marketing Minor  

Philadelphia, PA  

Piper Charlton was most recently in Millikin University‘s Main Stage Production of Chelsea Sunrise as well as Sister Act and Blue Horses (The Children’s Show). She is also a performance intern with Broadway Dreams during the summer. Piper would like to thank her mom, her family, her fellow classmates, and SOTAD. Enjoy the show!  


Spencer Avery – Billy  

First-year Musical Theatre  

Bolingbrook, IL  

Spencer is super excited to make his Millikin debut as Billy Flynn in Chicago: The Musical! Spencer is a first year musical theater major at Millikin University. In addition to his role in this mainstage production, he also sings Tenor 1 for Dissonance Acapella and is a member of the inaugural cast of Puppet Camp. He would like to thank his family for their unwavering love and support. He'd also like to thank his girlfriend Rachel for being the one person that he can always turn to, no matter what.  


Michael Santos – Amos  

Senior Acting  

Chicago, IL  

Mike has been in two shows here at Millikin University. In his first main stage role he was an understudy in Wintertime and most recently he played the Soothsayer in Julius Caesar. A couple of his other favorite roles have been Leaf in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes. He wishes everyone a good show and break a leg! 


Colin McGonagle – Mary Sunshine  

Senior Musical Theatre  

Chicago, IL  

Colin is ecstatic to be making his Millikin Mainstage debut in Chicago! Recently, he was seen in Company at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Ragtime at Schaumburg Summer Theatre, and Strangest Things! The musical at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. Enjoy the show! 


Wil Barden – MC  

Junior Theatre  

Dubuque, Iowa  

Wil's credits include Johnny in Zombie Prom (Rising Star Theatre); Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Don Price in Big Fish (Wahlert Catholic High School). As well as Lumière in Beauty And The Beast (Bell Tower Theatre).  


Nathan Dahill – Fred Casely  

Sophomore Acting  

Dripping Springs, TX 

Nathan Dahill is making his Millikin mainstage debut as Fred Casely in Chicago. In Summer Stock Austin, Nathan was seen as Mayor Shinn in The Music Man. At Dripping Springs High School, Nathan's credits include Baylor in A Lie of the Mind, Gomez in The Addams Family, and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. 


Emily Bacino Althaus – Female Ensemble  

Sophomore Musical Theatre  

Mattoon, IL  

Emily Bacino Althaus is proud to be making her Millikin Mainstage debut. She has been seen in numerous productions at The Little Theatre on the Square including Mamma Mia (Sophie), Shrek (Gingy), Annie (Lily St. Regis), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), The Little Mermaid (Ariel), and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally). She most recently spent the summer as a part of Little Theatre on the Squares 2019 summer company where she appeared in Newsies, The Full Monty, and as Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma! 


Mackenzie Ellis Barnett – Female Ensemble  

Senior Musical Theatre, Dance Minor  

Spring Hill, TN  

Mackenzie Ellis Barnett- Credits include: Nikki - Chelsea Sunrise (Millikin University); Sister Act (Millikin University); Lizzie Borden - LIZZIE (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre); Fugitive Songs (Millikin’s New Musical Series); The Joint Is Jumpin (Six Flags St Louis);That’s Entertainment (Six Flags St Louis); A Musical: One Singular Sensation (Six Flags St. Louis); Legally Blonde The Musical (Columbia Center for the Arts) 


Paige Boomer – Female Ensemble  

Senior Musical Theatre  

Paducah, KY  

Paige is a Senior Musical Theatre major form Leawood Kansas. Recent credits include: Ensemble in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast, The Mermaid in Big Fish, and Corps De Ballet (Meg U/S) in The Phantom of the Opera here at Millikin University. She wants to thank her family and friends for their endless support.  


Katie Czajkowski – Female Ensemble  

Senior Musical Theatre, Dance Minor  

Glendale, AZ 

Katie recently appeared in Sister Act and Chelsea Sunrise here at Millikin University. At Spotlight Youth Theatre, she was seen in Bring It On and 42nd Street at Spotlight Youth Theater. At Theater Works she has been seen in Follies, Shifting Gears, Quiltmakers Gift and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. She wants to thank everyone for giving her this opportunity. 


Rebecca Jaffe – Female Ensemble  

Sophomore Musical Theatre, Dance Minor  

St. Louis, MO  

Rebecca Jaffe - Credits include "Sleeping Beauty" (Alabama Ballet); Cowriter of "A Dragon Photobombed My Selfie" (Millikin Children's Show); "Kooman and Dimond's Animated Voiceover Bootcamp" (Millikin’s New Musical Workshop); "Ragtime" and Velma in "West Side Story" (COCA STL); "Welcome to Paradise" (Millikin Burlesque Underground); and performances with her family bluegrass band, the "Missouri Tree Frogs," most recently at the Webster Arts Fair.  


Kyra Lamartine – Female Ensemble  

Senior Musical Theatre, Minor Spanish & Dance  

Donnellson, Iowa  

Kyra is thrilled to be making her Millikin debut with Chicago and is so thankful to the wonderful cast and crew for making the process so enjoyable. Previous credits include Nurse/ensemble in South Pacific (Dunes Summer Theatre) Alice Russell in LIZZIE (Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre), Wednesday Addams in Addams Family (Central Lee Performing Arts) and in various shows throughout the summer at Six Flags St Louis (Palace Theatre).  


Michellina McNaughton – Female Ensemble  

Sophomore Musical Theatre  


Michellina was most recently seen in Millikin’s Solstice: A Dance Concert and in A Night of New Works at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre as Roxanne in The Lost Hope. At The Barley Sheaf Players, her credits include Georgia Hendriks in Curtains and co-choreographer of Guys and Dolls. At Downingtown High School West, Michellina was last seen as Maria in Sound of Music and Alice Beineke in Addams Family. 


Olivia Tharp – Female Ensemble  

Senior Musical Theatre, Dance Minor  

Lafayette, Indiana  

Olivia is so excited to be a part of the cast of Chicago. Some of her past credits include Julius Caesar (Octavius Caesar), The Phantom of the Opera, and LIZZIE (Bridget) with Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre. She would like to thank the cast and crew of Chicago and her grandparents.  



Nathan Bonsall – Male Ensemble  

Sophomore Musical Theatre, Dance Minor  

Kearny, NE  

Regional: Newsies (Crane River Theater), Oklahoma!, Wizard of Oz, Joseph ATA Dreamcoat. Millikin: Sister Act (Mainstage), The Guide to Being Single, (PDST), Solstice. Other credits include Carnegie Hall, Minskoff Theatre, Orpheum Theatre. Classy shout outs to the cast & crew, directors, and technical team. 


Colin Bradley – Male Ensemble  

Sophomore Musical Theatre, Dance Minor  

Pingree Grove, IL  

Collin is a sophomore Musical Theatre Major, and is pursuing his Dance Minor as well. He recently performed in Godspell where he played Jesus, and just finished up a production of Newsies. Other credits include Les Miserables (Marius) and Hunchback of Notre Dame (Phoebus).  


Trey DeLuna – Male Ensemble  

Senior Musical Theatre  

Munster, IN  

Trey recently returned from a summer in Holland, Michigan performing as the King in Cinderella, Chino in West Side Story, and the ensemble of Shakespeare in Love at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. Last fall he studied abroad in London, England training at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. He appeared in Millikin’s Mainstage productions of The Phantom of the Opera as Raoul on the Kirkland Stage and Intimate Apparel as Mr. Marks in Albert Taylor Theatre. His other Millikin Mainstage credits include Reg in Chelsea Sunrise, Duke Mahoney in Nice Work If You Can Get It and a swing in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Previously, Trey has performed in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella as Prince Christopher and the musical Working as Mike LeFevre in the Munster Theatre Company.  


Cortez Emerson – Male Ensemble  

Senior Musical Theatre, Dance Minor  

Hannibal, MO 

Cortez has been a part of the ensemble in Millikin's Nice Work If You Can Get It, Hair, 9 to 5; TJ in Sister Act; and ensemble in Disaster! the musical and Sweeney Todd at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. 


Jake Fargalli – Male Ensemble  

First-year Musical Theatre  

Erial, NJ  

Jake is thrilled to be making his Millikin University debut in Chicago! Past credits include Off Broadway: A Midsummers Night Dream with Julie Taymor (Elemental, Vocal Soloist), Elf at Paper Mill Playhouse (Michael). Favorite regional roles: A Stoop On Orchard Street, regional tour (Benny), Oliver (Oliver), He has been attending musical theatre intensives and performing with the Broadway Dreams Foundation 7 years. Jake also trained at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet where he had the opportunity to perform in several ballet productions with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Jake would like his family, friends, teachers, Broadway Dreams Foundation, and Clear Talent Group for their never-ending support. 


Geovanny Tapia – Male Ensemble  

Sophomore Musical Theatre  

La Porte, IN 

Geovanny is a sophomore Musical Theater major and is ecstatic to be performing in the ensemble of his first Millikin Mainstage show. His other credits include Swing in Hand to God at Pipedreams Studio Theater, Stewpot in Southpacific at the La Porte County Civic Auditorium, and James in Jesus Christ Superstar at Dunes Summer Theater. 



JJ Pierce – Swing  

First-year Theatre, Arts Administration 

Davenport, IA 

JJ Pierce recently appeared in Davenport North High School’s production of Mary Poppins as Bert, Les Miserables as Grantire, and Assistant Director for A Year With Frog and Toad. He was also involved in Matilda and theatre summer camps at the Spotlight Theatre in Moline, Illinois. He would like to thank his family and friends for always supporting him and the arts. 


Darcy Reimler – Swing  

First-year Musical Theatre  

La Crosse, WI  

Darcy Reimler recently appeared in Onalaska High Schools production of Throughly Modern Millie as Millie Dillmount, Romeo and Juliet as Juliet, Little Women as Jo March, and Shrek as Fiona. Performing with LaCrosse Dance Centre, Reimler has performed roles such as Maria, Sugar Plum Fairy, and Snow Queen in their production of The Nutcracker. At the Weber Center for the Performing Arts, Reimler was seen as Debbie Wilkinson in Billy Elliot.  


Greer Tornquist – Swing  

Sophomore Musical Theatre  

Phoenix, AZ  

Greer Tornquist made her Millikin Mainstage debut in Sister Act in the ensemble/understudy Sister Mary Robert last fall. Other credits include- Maureen in Rent (Stagebrush Theatre), Jackie in a new works play: Polyphemus (Stagebrush Theatre), Ariel in The Little Mermaid (Xavier College Prep), and Heather Duke in Heathers: The Musical (Greasepaint Youtheatre).  


Brigham Williams – Swing  

Sophomore Theatre, Dance Minor 

Paducah, KY 

Brigham is thrilled to be in his first Mainstage production at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. This is his second show at Millikin, his first role in the fall of last year, performing in Carrie: The musical (Tommy) at Pipedreams studio Theater. This is his first time swinging a show, and he is very happy to have had this experience and opportunity to grow with such a talented cast. He is insanely proud of all the hard work of the cast and creative team,  and hopes to be in many more shows at Millikin!