Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Sings Praises of the Musical

Musical gives a satirical view of law school
By Jerry Crimmins
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
January 15, 2010

Students at the University of Chicago Law School wrapped up auditions Friday for the 26th annual Law School Musical.

"No tradition is better loved by students and graciously tolerated by faculty than the annual Law School Musical,'' according to the official description.

The plot of each year's musical, which offers a satirical view of life at U of C Law, is supposed to be a secret until show time.

Tickets are expected to be about the same as last year, $15. But beer is free before the show and during the intermission, according to assistant director, Juliet Summers, 25, a 2L from Omaha, Neb.

Last year, "the kegs were up and running before the show started. That's one of our most hallowed traditions,'' she said.

This year's performances are 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, on the stage at the International House, 1414 East 59th St.

The show this year has 115 parts. With a cast of 30 to 40 expected, the actors play many roles.

Director Becky Moseley, 23, from Dallas, Tex., said if a student wants to be in the show, all she or he has to do is audition. Everybody who auditions gets in.

"They may come and say, 'Do we really have to sing?'" She tells them, "You can sing, 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.'"

Or sometimes, "Happy Birthday to You." "We're pretty casual about talent required.''

Nevertheless, Moseley said, "We have a bunch of very talented singers. ... Sometimes it's hard to find boys that want to audition, especially boys who can sing well. But I think we're going to be very happy this year.''

Summers agreed. "We've had a lot of men who can sing and dance and do great impressions."

The director and assistant director will cast The Law School Musical tonight. Rehearsals then are four nights a week for those who have big parts, once or twice a week for smaller parts. For the last week before opening night every cast member is expected to attend all rehearsals for the full two hours.