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Derek Gulley and Evan Hart, twoHomestead High School students, will starin the upcoming Civic Theatre production,Chicago. The show, set during the roaringtwenties during the age of prohibition,tells the story of the quest for fame andfortune. When the show opens on theevening of Oct. 29, Gulley, a senior andHart, a junior, will star as Fred Casely andHarry/Martin Harrison, respectively. Thetwo are also members of the show’schorus.Both students have backgrounds intheater.Hart is returning to the Civic stage afterparticipating in shows for the past threeyears. Gulley was already familiar withthe musical, Chicago, and “thought itwould be fun to be in the production,” hesaid.They went through auditions, whichrequired singing in small groups, as wellas learning a two minute dance. Call backswere next and both students were asked toreturn to read for a specific part.Hart has been involved with theatersince he was five years old.It is Gulley’s first Civic performance,but he has been performing since he was“five or six,” he said, although he tends todo more performances for Homestead. Heis also a member of the show choir andchamber ensemble.“I portray the role of Fred. I’m RoxieHart’s lover. I get murdered in the firstscene, but then I’m a chorus dancer for therest of the show,” Gulley said.Hart has an opposite role.“I start out as a dancer and as the showprogresses, I pick up minor characters,” hesaid.Toward the end of the performance,Hart plays Martin Harrison, a prosecutor.Although practices keep both studentsbusy during the week, Gulley saidmanaging school hasn’t been too much of an issue.“You come home from school and getyour work done,” he said, adding that afterthat, its rehearsal time. The rehearsalschedule is usually for three hours everyevening Monday through Friday, withoccasional Sunday times.Hart said keeping up with schoolusually includes working on homework ina study hall period, but said, “when I gethome from rehearsal, I go straight to bed.”Although doing the performance hasrequired many sacrifices from the twostudents, they enjoy it.Gulley has plans to “perform for the restof my life,” he said. He has also startedapplying to music programs.“It’s going to be a fantastic show,” Hartsaid. “Come and see this show, becauseeverything you hold near and dear to yourheart is in the show.”
Two Homestead students star in ‘Chicago’
Civicʼs opening night is Oct. 29