1920s Chicago comes to the Wollongong stage this May: video

ALL THAT JAZZ: Allegra Wilson leads the pack as Velma in the So Popera production of Chicago. Cast also includes Anastasia Feneri, Stefanie Nerino, Ann-Maree Hickman, Ameila Kentwell, Lauren Thrift and Brittany Doyle. Picture: Georgia Matts
ALL THAT JAZZ: Allegra Wilson leads the pack as Velma in the So Popera production of Chicago. Cast also includes Anastasia Feneri, Stefanie Nerino, Ann-Maree Hickman, Ameila Kentwell, Lauren Thrift and Brittany Doyle. Picture: Georgia Matts

The thrill of standing on stage has been renewed in performing arts teacher Allegra Wilson who’s taken one of the lead roles in the So Popera production of Chicago.

Wilson, 26, will play Velma Kelly, a role made famous by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the hollywood film version.

“It was acutally the first musical I ever went to,” she said.

“It’s the number one role I’d ever wished to get so it’s a dream come true.”

The competitive nature of the industry forced Wilson to rethink her career and go down the path of teaching instead, though rehearsing for this show has changed her mind.

“The show has reignited my passion for musical theatre and I’m going to start auditioning professionally again,” she said.

The cabaret production explores the themes of celebrity, scandal and corruption in Chicago during the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

It also stars Anastasia Feneri, Scott Radburn, Anee-Marie Fanning, Justin Huntsdale and John Reynolds.

It comes after a successful season of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for So Popera, a theatre company run by Albion Park family the Copelands.

“They work really, really hard as a unit and as a family and they do a brilliant job,” Wilson said.

“It’s a really loving and humane, genuine kind of atmosphere.”

Chicago runs at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre from May 19 to 27. For tickets and more information visit: www.merrigong.com.au 

Audiences are advised of Strong language, sexual references, loud noises, strobe lighting and smoke/fog effects.

Chicago @ IPAC May 19 - 27