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Backstage ACCESS - Chicago the Musical
Backstage ACCESS - Chicago the Musical



This new initiative anticipates seven courses:  Adult Theatre Arts Workshop Classes for each of the Season’s seven (7) productions on both the Stark and Waxlax Stages: Taking a closer look at each work, while exploring theatre as an art form, and celebrating the magical relationship that exists between actors and audience within a shared space and time.

By examining a specific show, studying its past production history, and learning about Riverside’s interpretation through visits from guest artists and design displays, class members will discuss each play,  be introduced to various production elements, and, after attending a performance, analyze the choices made. 

Part lecture, part seminar, part participation, and part discussion, the Adult Theatre Arts Workshop Classes will seek to build a greater awareness of the many facets and collaborations involved in theatrical expression, as the questions “Why theatre?” and “What makes the live theatrical event different from all other art forms?” are explored. 

 Chicago--This course will examine the original production of Chicago, thehistorical context surrounding the show’s creation (from its inspired roots inthe 1920s to the urban lifesyles of the 1970s), and Bob Fosse’s goals andexplorations within the piece.  We will then explore some of the music andimagery spanning various productions both here and abroad, revivals, and filminterpretations.  Throughout our exploration of the musical’s history andmultiple interpretations, we will also focus on Riverside’s production and geta deeper understanding of the particular style of choreography and dancingconnected to the piece, the costume and scenic design elements, and the visionof the director. One of the questions to be examined is – “Why does a satireinspired by actual events in the 1920s and focusing, in essence, on corruption,media, and murder still resonate to this day?”


Course Dates: Meets Wednesdays 9:30 to 12noon (1/4, 1/11, & 1/18)*





  • Course Cost:   $70  (all four (4) dates)
  • Patron Producers:  NO CHARGE
  • Benefactor Members ($5,000 and Above):  NO CHARGE
  • Producers Circle ($2,500-$4,999), Director ($1,000-$2,499), Star ($500-$999):  One (1) FREE Course per Year;  then, 25% Discount on subsequent Courses
  • Other Member Levels:  $52.50  (25% Discount)

LOCATION:  Richardson Studio on the campus of Riverside Theatre.

TO REGISTER:  Please call the Box Office 772.231.6990 


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