The production of the musical Chicago at the Oamaru Opera House opened last night to a packed house and critical acclaim. The show is produced by the Oamaru Operatic Society, and the performers are almost all locals who have ‘regular’ jobs by day and who have been rehearsing their parts for the past several months. The star of the show, playing Velma Kelly, is a reporter for the Oamaru Mail newspaper, while other performers are school teachers, freezing works workers, and occupy other assorted positions in the area.
The Otago Daily Times in Dunedin reviewed the show after its opening night and pronounced it a “must-see” and “flawless”. But those of us who know the performers expected no less.
The show will be at the Opera House through 28 September, and a small number of tickets are still available.