Three women and a man stand in the middle of an array of purple feathers

Theatre Quadra staging its most ambitious production ever: Chicago, The Musical

By Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from

Over 70 people are involved in Theatre Quadra’s staging of Chicago, The Musical this spring, according to producer, director and choreographer Heidi Ridgeway.

The play, described as a dark comedy, was adapted from its original 1926 production into a musical in 1975, Ridgeway says, by her favourite writer/choreographer Bob Fosse, who turned it into a Broadway hit.

Linda Lolacher is the chair and treasurer of the Quadra Island Recreation Society’s Steering Committee, which gave Ridgeway the go ahead to stage Chicago, The Musical. Lolacher is a co-producer and says she’s also helping out with costumes.

Despite legal restrictions, forbidding the use of paid advertising for the production, Ridgeway says the three performances are nearly all sold out.

Lolacher adds that since Theatre Quadra began as an amateur theatre group in 2011, it has staged 29 productions, making Chicago its 30th show.

The play will be performed at the Quadra Island Community Centre on May 5, 6, and 7.

Top image credit: Theatre Quadra cast members rehearse Chicago, The Musical. Photo supplied by Heidi Ridgeway courtesy of Theatre Quadra.