Take in Chicago this August in Tasmania

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Theatre lovers and musical fans who are planning a trip to Tasmania next month will not want to miss out on a performance of the much-loved show Chicago in Burnie.

The Encore Performance Arts Studio is hosting the production at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre, which is directed by Helenmarie and choreographed by Carolyn Hasenkam, from August 5 to 13.

Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical is a regular feature on the Broadway and West End stages and was made into a 2002 Oscar-winning film starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs and Queen Latifah.

The musical tells the tale of a pair of murderesses – Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly – who meet while they are on death row together. The pair team up as a musical act in an effort to become famous – and therefore avoid a grisly fate.

Popular songs from the production include And All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango, When You’re Good to Mama, Roxie and Razzle Dazzle, among many others.

Six performances have been scheduled, with all set to get underway at 20:00 local time. Dates are August 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13.

Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone (03 6430 5850) or in person from the Burnie Arts and Function Centre, which is located at 77-79 Wilmot Street. Full-price adult tickets are available for $28 and reduced entry is available for pensioners, full-time students and groups of ten or more people.

Anyone interested in the local arts scene will not want to miss out on a trip to the Makers’ Workshop during your time in Burnie. You’ll be able to see how boutique paper is made by hand, sample the wares at the cheese tasting centre and take in the smells and tastes of the whisky distilled here.

During your visit to Burnie, you may also wish to explore the city’s beautiful waterfront – evening penguin tours are available and you may even spot a platypus at Fernglade.

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