The glamour, glitz and jazz feel that surrounds ‘Chicago’ is coming to New Kent this week in a school production.
New Kent High School is pairing with Astor College to co-host the Broadway-style musical Oct. 26-28.
New Kent schools first formed a partnership with the England-based college in 2005, and the partnership has since blossomed, creating seven collaborative productions.
The partnership is pivotal because some actors role share.
“It’s about what students can do, one student may be a real strong as a dancer and not a real strong singer. However, another one may be a really strong singer. We can use each others’ skills to develop us as a performer on stage,” Astor College performing art student Natasha Palmer said.
Students illustrated their passion for their craft as they rehearsed and ran through the play for the first time together on Oct. 17 at New Kent High.
“We’re going through an audition process, prepare a script or song and the teachers could go ‘yeah I think you’re good at that part, or can I see you in this part as well.’ They ultimately decide,” Astor College performing art student Keyannah Isaacs said.
The students illustrated such camaraderie that, at times, it was unclear which students were from where. New Kent will have another showing for ‘Chicago,’ with the New Kent cast only from Nov. 9-11.
Later this year, 12 New Kent students will travel to the UK to perform.