Whittlesea Secondary College students have begun performances of Chicago: High School Edition, with three more shows scheduled for this weekend. Pictured is Charli Allison, who plays Roxie Hart in the production.

Whittlesea Secondary College students delivered two performances of its production of ‘Chicago: High School Edition’ last week, with three more shows set to hit the stage before the show closes.

Chicago, which tells a tale of murder, greed and corruption with a ‘glittering score’ and jazzy performances, opened on Friday night before another instalment the next day.

Thirty-one students from years eight to 12 are involved in the production, with 21 on-stage and 10 behind-the-scenes.

Whittlesea Secondary College students are performing Chicago: High School Edition with two more shows set for this weekend. ​

Director Shaun Geerlings-Parker, who also directed Broadford Amateur Theatrical Society’s production of Nunsense in July, said the students had done a great job of getting the show ready for the stage in just nine weeks.

“The kids are really showing that they’re really getting professional in the way they act, coming to rehearsals knowing all their bits and pieces and just knowing what they’ve got to do,” he said.

“Everything in the whole show is student-operated, so there’s not one staff member that is creating the show when the audience comes and sees it.

“From stage management to lighting to sound – everything is student-driven.”

Mr Geerlings-Parker said the leading cast members were ‘really strong’, with the entire cast showing improvement in their skills from hard work at rehearsals.

With two shows finished and three to go, Mr Geerlings-Parker invited the people of the region to attend the production.

“Shows like this are impossible without the support of our community,” he said.

“The Whittlesea township has really got behind us to support and put this production on.

“Come and enjoy yourself and have a good night out.”

The production is being performed at Whittlesea Secondary College’s performing arts centre at 55 Laurel Street in Whittlesea.

To book tickets for the remaining shows on Friday and Saturday, people can visit bit.ly/3QSmEeS.