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New York choreographer sets the stage for production of Chicago

The theatre stage at Longwood this spring will feature a unique mix of pop-culture favorites — from an expertly choreographed “All That Jazz” number to a laughter-inducing Sherlock Holmes mystery.

The Longwood Theatre spring season kicks off with “Chicago,” directed by Lacy Klinger, assistant professor of acting and voice, and movement. Marisa Kirby, a New York City-based performer and choreographer, was on campus last week to choreograph the production.

The theatre department’s production of “Chicago” runs Feb. 20-23 in Jarman Hall. Evening shows Feb. 20-22 begin at 7 p.m., with matinee performances beginning at 2 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 23.

Bruce Speas, associate professor of theatre history and directing, will take the helm of the department’s April production –  Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. The play is a humorous adaption of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Hound of the Baskervilles,” infusing suspense with humor.

The play runs April 15-19 at the CSTAC Main Stage Theatre. Performances are at 7 p.m. April 15-18 and at 2 p.m. April 19. Tickets are available through the Longwood Theatre Box Office.

Meanwhile, the Longwood music department’s spring calendar of events once again provides a unique lineup of performances that will delight music lovers across the heart of Virginia.

Highlights of the music events on tap this spring include a special department recital Feb. 13 featuring African-American music in celebration of Black History Month and the Chamber Music Series performance by the Amernet String Quartet on March 23. The Amernet String Quartet is one of the most acclaimed ensembles of its generation and has been praised for its intelligence, expressivity, ravishing sound and commitment since its inception in 1991, when the founding members were students at the Juilliard School. Since 2004, the quartet has been Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami.

All concerts are held in the Molnar Recital Hall in Wygal Hall unless otherwise stated.

Times and concerts are subject to change, so please check www.longwood.edu/music for up-to-date performance information.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at (434) 395-2504.