Ferazzi said she is grateful that the Annisquam Village Players provide an outlet for people like her who have a genuine love of the theater arts.
“Everyone involved in the process is a true friend of the arts,” she said. “The show ‘Chicago’ features strong characters so unlike ourselves in their deviousness that it is a real treat as an actor to explore such parts.”
Sands is the obvious choice for the role of the judge during the trial scene, which is a large part of the second act. Other notable actors who appear on stage include City Council Vice President Sefatia Romeo, who has more than a cameo — as is tradition with the local politicians who always appear — when she takes on the role of Go-to-Hell-Kitty, a woman who murders her lover and is thrown in jail with Roxie and Velma. State Sen. Bruce Tarr will be the arresting officer.
As Sands worked on this show, he said he couldn’t help but be reminded of the daily news headlines regarding four-high profile cases, three of which were in Boston — the Whitey Bulger trial, murder suspect and former Patriot Aaron Hernandez, and the marathon bombing suspect, in addition to the George Zimmerman trial in Florida.
“All of them involve murder, and the press went crazy covering all these cases,” said Sands. “And the Bulger trial has been called a three-ring circus, and I am reminded of this when we do our courtroom scene.”
If you go Who and what: The Annisquam Village Players presents "Chicago." When: Tuesday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 11; All performances at 7:30 p.m. Where: Annisquam Village Hall at 36 Leonard St. in Gloucester. How much: Reserved seating is $32, and general admission is $16. For more information and tickets, visit www.annisquamvillageplayers.com. General admission tickets may be purchased at the Annisquam Exchange and The Bookstore, both in Gloucester, and at Lula's Pantry in Rockport. WHO'S WHO IN THE CAST Rebecca Blomberg (Mona); David Cluett (Fred Casely, Harry, "Cell Block Tango" male dancer, Roxie boy, news reporter); Emily Corrao (newsie); Rachael Corrao (newsie); Rachel Denney (fan dancer and reporter); Denise Ferazzi (Liz); Denby Fortune (newspaper kid); Talman Fortune (reporter, dancer, chorus); Victoria Fortune (Roxie Hart); Elizabeth Jelinek (Velma Kelly); Ashley Kaner (Annie); Marisa Kobus (Hunyak); John Merrill (Billy Flynn). Deborah Michel (June); Tom Moriarty (one of Roxie's boys); Carly Moulton (fan dancer, reporter); Keith McCarthy (Amos); Liam McCarthy (ensemble); Greg Neal (Sergeant Fogarty, Aaron); Charlie Rousmaniere (newsie); Julia Rousmaniere (newsie); Will Rousmaniere (Roxie boy); Rob Russell (MC, band leader); Julia Silveira (fan dancer, reporter); Maida Soehl (Matron Momma Morton); Evy Stewart (reporter, clerk, bailiff); Molly Twombly (fan dancer, acrobat, newsie); Deirdre White (Mary Sunshine) and Anna Zerilli (newsie). BEHIND THE SCENES Mary Curtis, co-director; Jane Deering, Linette French, Kathryn "Chicki" Hollett, set designers; Christopher Lawnsby, music director; Gloria St.Hilaire Martin, costume chairwoman; Kristina Martin, choral director; Seania McCarthy, production manager; Shaun McNiff, Stevie Neal, John Newcomer, Lia Parisi, stage managers; Alexander "Terry" H. Sands III, director; Donna "Deej" Viau, choreographer; and Sarah Wilkins, tickets.