SEACT's "Chicago" features WTVY anchor

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - It's been over twenty years since South East Alabama Community Theater tackled the cell block tango. Now, they have been taking the Dothan Opera House back to the roaring twenties all this week with the classic musical, "Chicago."

You may recognize Lisa Sacaccio from her day job, anchoring the morning show at WTVY, but every night this week, she's taken on a different role.

"Anchoring put more pressure on me; I want to say,” said Sacaccio. “People know me as being Lisa, and for people to come to the show and be like, 'Oh, that's not what we expected.' I didn't want that."

If that's the case, people better expect the unexpected, Sacaccio plays the 'merry murderous' Velma Kelly, who sent to prison after murdering her cheating husband.

Needless to say, the part of has been a bit of challenge for Lisa, but she's had some help pulling it off.

Her fellow cast member, Katherine Knight played Velma in SEACT's last rendition of Chicago in the 90's.

"Anytime I doubted myself, because like I said, this is all new to me, she's been there cheering me on and she's always encouraging me,” said Sacaccio. “I've even gone to her like, "How should I say this line? How did you say it?"

"We had to kind of get her out of not smiling quite so much because she's in a prison, but she took right to it and has done a wonderful job,” said Knight.

Ticket sales have gone pretty well for the first few nights of the show, they've sold about 87% in advance, and others are getting tickets when they arrive.

Lisa and her fellow cast mates and crew have been working hard for months, rehearsing four nights a week since January.

For Lisa, that meant anchoring in the morning, then waking back up at night for rehearsal.

As grueling as that may sound to most of us, for Lisa, it was just, 'all that jazz.'

"I got hyped,” said Sacaccio. “I got excited being there, and it was actually harder for me to fall asleep after rehearsal because I was so buzzed by it."

Tickets are $25 and the show runs every night at 7:00 p.m. through Saturday.

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