Mountain Views News     Logo: MVNews     Saturday, April 9, 2011

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 Mountain Views News Saturday, April 9, 2011 

Alverno Presents Razzle 
Dazzle Production of 

 Instant celebrity, shady lawyers, 
a gunshot, a trial, and all that jazz. 
Prohibition-era Chicago came to life in 
all its seedy glamour in Alverno High 
School’s production of Chicago at the 
Duarte Performing Arts Center. 

 The John Kander and Fred Ebb 
vaudeville-style musical is based on two 
headline-grabbing murders of the early 
1920’s. “All you have to do it turn on the 
television or open the paper to see that 
the themes of Chicago are still relevant,” 
commented director Cynthia Cales. “The 
appetite for sensational news is just as 
strong today if not stronger.”

 Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, 
the two bad girls battling to see whose 
murder trial would get the most press 
coverage, were played by Annela Flores 
and Monauar Lutfi. Also in the large 
and talented case were Matt De La Peza 
as the sleazy attorney Billy Flynn and 
Jessica Hamilton as jail matron Mama. 
Reagan Dowd, Ashley Lopez, Nicole 
Tellez, Alessia Paciulli, Liza Pattison, 
Alora Barrera, Michael Wheelock, Tira 
Murray-Hopkins, Hana Lemseffer, 
Haylee Ladesich, Tracey Janzen, 
Amanda Parlee, Alisa Unell, Aric Ponce, 
Lindsay Fisher, Ryan Bautista, Mandie 
Lira, Lauren Moore-Sanchez, Mikaela 
McCarthy, Brett Richey, Liliana Jacobs, 
Victor Lapaz, and Kevin Mendizabal 
rounded out the strong ensemble cast.

Music director Lisa Edwards lead a jazzy 
combo that fit the score’s razz-ma-taz like 
a silk stocking. Alverno senior Karisha 
Quioque choreographed the talented 
dancers with verve and style. Fellow 
senior Maryanne Householder designed 
the set and served as stage manager, with 
help from lights manager Clara Caraveo.

Alverno High School is the independent, 
Catholic college-prep high school for 
girls in Sierra Madre. Its college-prep 
curriculum and emphasis on leadership 
attracts students from public and private 
schools throughout the San Gabriel 
Valley. The school is celebrating the 50th 
anniversary of preparing young women 
for the future with a series of events 
during the 2010-2011 school year.


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