Chicago: The Musical

The Roaring 20s are Back!

In 2020, McHenry High School takes on Bob Fosse’s most famous work, Chicago: The Musical.

McHenry, IL: The students of McHenry West High school have been tirelessly dancing, singing, and acting their hearts out to bring Chicago to their West Campus stage! Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer, Billy Flynn, to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.

Talking of the production, professional choreographer Kara Posmer said “From what I understand from the students, they’re being challenged more than they have in the past, so they’re excited about the dancing, and I am too! It’s challenging choreography, and they’re meeting the challenge!” Producer Christine Purich says, “It is a completely student led performance, where students are doing things they’ve never done before. This is an across-the-board student-designed production.” Director of the production and choral teacher of MCHS, Derek Galvicius, said “Everyone is looking fantastic, it’s like they’re poised performers! The level of calm and peace I’ve had is not something I’m used to through a musical, but because of all the student leadership and how the students are owning this production, it’s made this a stressless project for me! I’m so very proud of everything that’s being accomplished, the space we’re in, and the help I’ve gotten from my assistant directors and adult leadership!”

McHenry High School is very excited to bring this production to the community! We would love for you to come and be a part of the fun! We’re planning on filling the house! Tickets are available at the door! Students and Seniors enter for $8, and regular tickets are $10. Showtimes are as follows:

  • February 28th at 7:00 PM
  • February 29th at 7:00 PM
  • March 1st at 2:00 PM
  • March 6th at 7:00 PM
  • March 7th at 7:00 PM

Get ready to be Razzle-Dazzled!

MCHS East – Fall Play 2019

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Thursday November 14, 2019 – 7:00 PM – Fall Campus Theatre

Friday November 15, 2019 – 7:00 PM – Fall Campus Theatre

Saturday November 16, 2019 – 2:00 PM – Fall Campus Theatre

Saturday November 16, 2019 – 7:00 PM – Fall Campus Theatre

We hope you will join us to celebrate the MCHS 2019 Fall Play season with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the East Campus Theatre. See below for a synopsis of the show and characters provided by our director Mr. Hillier.

We look forward to seeing you there!

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

MCHS West – Fall Play 2019

The Beaux Stratagem

Thursday October 3, 2019 – 7:00 PM – West Campus Theatre

Friday October 4, 2019 – 7:00 PM – West Campus Theatre

Saturday October 5, 2019 – 2:00 PM – West Campus Theatre

Saturday October 5, 2019 – 7:00 PM – West Campus Theatre

We hope you will join us to kick off the MCHS 2019 Fall Play season beginning with The Beaux Stratagem at the West Campus Theatre. See below for a synopsis of the show and characters provided by our director Mr. Hillier.

We Look Forward To Seeing You There!

The play tells the story of two young men who, having spent all their money by living too well, leave London and roam from town to town in search of love and fortune. In order to find a wealthy heiress for at least one of them, they pose as master and servant – exchanging roles from one town to the next. In Lichfield, Aimwell (Jonny Krug, W12) is the master and Archer (Nathan Bodecker, E12) the servant, and there they meet the lovely, wealthy Dorinda (McKenzie Scott, 11W) and her equally desirable sister-in-law, Mrs. Sullen (Kylee O’Brien, W12). They set their caps for these women, but problems abound. Mrs. Sullen is married to a drunken sot (David Henry, 11W) who despises her; the innkeeper (Chase Gray, 9E)’s saucy daughter, Cherry (Kennedi Lucas, 11W), has set her cap for Archer; Dorinda’s mother-in-law, Lady Bountiful (Anna Knecht, 12W), mistakenly believes herself to be a great healer of the sick, and she guards her son like a dragoness; and a band of brigands (Riley Butler, 9W, Carissa Hudson, 10W, and Megan Walsh 12E) plans to rob the house of Lady Bountiful that very night, putting all schemes in jeopardy. This is a play in the great tradition of Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer and Sheridan’s The Rivals and The School for Scandal. It is classic, formal, robust and hilarious.

Additional cast members include: Matt Taylor (11E), Orian Roman (11E), Vaughan McMillan (11W), Chad Norizan (11W), Irene Guirao (11E), and Kati Howk (12E).

National Concert Band Festival – 2020

A note from Mr. Hile regarding the incredible achievement of MCHS Symphonic Band:

Through a competitive audition process the McHenry HS Symphonic Band is one of sixteen bands from across the country to be invited to perform on the featured stage of the 2020 National Concert Band Festival. No bands from McHenry County have ever performed at this festival. Performing at the National Concert Band Festival is equivalent to a high school athletic team competing at a national level. This is a great achievement for the McHenry band program, and it is a prestigious honor for the McHenry community to be represented and recognized at a national level. Performing at the National Concert Band Festival is a large financial undertaking and requires significant fundraising in order to allow all of the fifty-five students in Symphonic Band to participate. Many of our students require financial support and we are currently trying to raise at least $15,000 to provide adequate financial support for our students. Thank you for your help in making this event a reality for our students and families! 

Spencer K Hile

Band Director

McHenry Community High School


Welcome to the 2019/2020 school year!  TEMPO is excited for another year of inspiring performances by the band, choir, and drama students of McHenry High School East and West.

Our Mission

TEMPO is the booster organization that supports the band, choral, color guard, and drama organizations at McHenry High School. Every dollar collected by TEMPO benefits our students.

Please come and join us at our meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the music room at West Campus located between the locker rooms at the South end of building.

If you have any questions, please contact the directors at either school or TEMPO at:

2019-2020 TEMPO Officers
Julie Lyon-Mink – President

Jennifer Hunt – Vice President

Jean Aguillar – Recording Secretary

Shannon Thennes – Corresponding Secretary

Kelly Henry – Treasurer


“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”

― Arthur O’Shaughnessy

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