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The Charleston originated in the early 20's in illegal drinking places during the time of prohibition.
The combination of a particular type of jazz music and the highly polished, slippery floors
of the Speakeasies gave rise to an in and out flicking of the feet which essentially
characterized the dance. Follow this link to learn how to Dance the Charleston.
A speakeasy is an establishment that sells alcoholic beverages illegally. The term "speakeasy" derived from
the idea that people patronizing a speakeasy needed to stay quiet or "speak easy" to avoid detection.
In addition to offering alcohol, some speakeasies operated as night clubs with music, dance, gambling
and other entertainments for guests. In order to avoid detection, you often had to enter a speakeasy by
the back door and provide a password to enter. These restrictions were designed to admit only select elite
clientele and used to keep government agents out.
Flapper in the 1920s was a term applied to a "new breed" of young Western women who wore short
skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered
acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating
sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms.
Rosie Marie—Juice Joint Owner. As the widow to Louie Marie, the original Juice Joint owner, Rosie not only inherited a gold mine but the power that comes with it. It is hard to say, is Rosie out to avenge her husband's death or capitalize on it?
Notorious Nick Nemetz—North Side Mob Boss. Since the rise of organized crime, Nick's operation has done nothing but prosper. With Nick having so much power, he seems to have a lot going for (and against) him.
Natalie Nemetz—Notorious Nick's Sister. Annoyed by her brother's over-protective nature, Natalie has kept more than secrets from Nick.
Mugsy Malone—North Side Henchman. As Nick's right-hand man, Mugsy has worked hard to gain his position in the operation and will stop at nothing to keep it.
Cy Ramsey—Juice Joint Bouncer and North Side Gang Member. Cy's success in Nick's operation could be considered a threat to those in the operation….and to those opposing it.
Kitty Cocktail—Cocktail Waitress. As Cy's main squeeze, Kitty will do anything to help advance her boyfriend in his chosen career.
Southside Sal—South Side Mob Boss. It is no secret that Sal has been making a push to expand his territory. The real secret may be who is working with him
Flora Nemetz-Gadora— Notorious Nick's Ex-wife. Caught cheating, Nick divorced Flora immediately a month ago. Left without anything, Flora's romantic interest has shifted from one mob boss to another.
Hal Hollywood—Movie Director. Hal is in town to cast for his next project—the first talking picture. Since this project will be one that makes history, Hal is taking his time in casting his lead lady, for he knows his decision will have a lasting impact.
Molly Moll— Notorious Nick's Girlfriend. One of the most popular women in town, Molly had no interest in Nick until she realized what he could do for her movie career.
Dina Diva—Juice Joint Singer. Dina's voice and stage presence seem to be exactly what Hal is looking for. Dina won't let anyone come between her and her dreams of starring on the big screen.
Mayor Biggs—Mayor. As the head of the city, the Mayor's power is what many seek. However, is it the Mayor who is really calling the shots or are the decisions coming from someone else?
Mabel Biggs—Mayor's Wife. Mabel considers herself the brains behind the Mayor and she will not let him do anything that could ruin his political career.
Chief Cameron—Police Chief. As the city's main law enforcement officer, Cameron enforces the Mayor's decisions…but whose side are they really on?
Cindy Butt— Cigarette Girl. Responsible for ruining many lives, Cindy doesn't stop at spreading rumors to get her way.
Bernie Booze— Bootlegger. Bernie had one of the most successful bootlegging businesses in town before Notorious Nick had them blacklisted. Will Bernie's business end up dying for their mistake or will someone else?
Gino Gin—Bartender. As the eyes & ears of The Juice Joint, Gino may know more than they let on.
Flirty Flapper—Juice Joint Patron. It is no secret that Flirty desires a man with power and she will stop at nothing to get it.
Anna Marie—Rosie's daughter. Still mourning the loss of her father, Louie Marie, Anna is ready to seek revenge at whatever cost.
P.I. Pinkerton—Investigator. As the private detective on the scene, P.I.'s job will be to take charge and decipher the clues and reveal the truth.