Dr. Phillips Center Presents


Summer Stock Production Supported by AdventHealth
July 15–17, 2022 | Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater | 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.


July 15–17, 2022 | Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater | 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Come support the talented pre-professional college actors putting on this full-length summer stock production.

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the American Dream: fame, fortune and acquittal.

This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse. Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. Music by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Grab great seats today for one of five performances in Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater.

Chicago Summer Stock Production

Ryan Simpson — Director

Ryan Simpson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University and went on to perform professionally across the country. Ryan joined the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in 2019 and currently holds the position of Director of Education. He's thrilled to call Orlando home, after previously living for a year in Sarasota working for the Florida Studio Theatre, and prior to that hailing from the Chicago suburbs.

Ryan is responsible for leading the dynamic Education team and overseeing all of the education programming including outreach initiatives, artistic residencies, Broadway masterclasses and engagements, and youth theater productions that occur at the Dr. Philips Center. Ryan has over 8 years of professional experience in leadership and management in non-profit theater organizations and educational-based theater training companies. Since moving to Orlando and joining the DPC Education Team, he has directed the youth theater productions of Schoolhouse Rock Live, Les Misérables, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame; summerstock production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; and music directed Ragtime. He is also very excited to direct the upcoming 2022 summerstock production of Chicago.

Lauren Langa — Vocal Director

Lauren Langa has been performing and teaching voice for over 20 years. She attended Florida State University for her undergraduate studies where she majored in both vocal performance and choral music education, and she holds a master’s degree in vocal pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Each year, her high school students consistently earn spots in the country’s leading top music theatre, classical voice, and commercial music programs such as Carnegie Mellon University, Florida State University, Penn State University, Shenandoah University, University of Michigan, and many more! Additionally, many of her students have been selected as the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts’ Applause Awards representatives for the Jimmy Awards, including Sofia Deler who was named the national winner in 2017.

In addition to her high school students, her professional students can be seen on Broadway and in tv and film in projects like The Prom (movie), Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC, Sing Street (Broadway), and MJ: The Musical (Broadway), among many others. Lauren specializes not only in voice science and vocal pedagogy, but also in contemporary styles and extended techniques. Her expertise in current industry standards and trends, in addition to music theatre and commercial music repertoire, give her the tools necessary in guiding her students’ paths through both college and professional music theatre auditions. She is proud to consult her professional students on their current projects while also guiding her high school students on their college audition journey. Lauren’s philosophy of student-centered education, belief in evidence-based vocal pedagogy, and passion for aligning students with the necessary tools for a successful path in meeting industry standards, while also staying rooted in authenticity, have yielded significant successes for her students.

Alec Lacher — Asst. Director/Asst. Stage Manager

Alec Lacher grew up in the Central Florida area but currently attends Rowan University in New Jersey as a Theatre major with concentrations in musical theatre and theatre education, a minor in creative writing, and a CUGS in Shakespearean Studies. He has worked with the Dr. Phillips Center on projects such as Les Miserables where he played Marius, West Side Story playing Snowboy, and was the Assistant Stage Manager for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

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