The Musical Theatre Organization at SUNY Potsdam is excited to present “A Chorus Line,” running from Thursday, April 12 through Saturday, April 14 with performances each night at 8 p.m. in the College’s Dunn Dance Theater.
Developed in the 1970s, “A Chorus Line” was written to tell the story of those without a voice—the dancers on the line in any given Broadway show. Co-creator and original co-choreographer Michael Bennett facilitated a series of interviews with Broadway chorus dancing veterans to tell their life stories, the ups and the downs. These stories were “workshopped” for two years before 19 concrete characters were created, only eight of whom would be able to eventually perform “on the line.”
The production is entirely student-run, under the advisement of Dr. Lonel Woods. A dedicated staff of students includes: producer Audrey Saccone, a senior vocal music business and music theory major from Colonie, N.Y.; stage director Gina Bilardi, a junior theatre education major from Plainview, N.Y.; choreographer Jana Prager, a senior dance and English literature major from Valley Stream, N.Y.; music director Jamilla Fort, a senior vocal music education major from Cortland, N.Y., and stage manager Elizabeth Munz, a junior theatre major from Osceola, N.Y.
“This show is not about spectacle. It is about the audience getting to know, and fall in love with, these very real characters. This classic, timeless musical reminds us of what it means to believe in a dream and stop at nothing to achieve it,” said Gina Bilardi, the director.
The cast is made up of 28 students who major in subjects varying from sociology to history to secondary education, not just music, dance and theatre. All of the performers onstage have felt a piece of what the characters in “A Chorus Line” felt, having to work hard in the day to survive in order to be able to perform your art in the evening.
“A Chorus Line” features a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban. The conception, original direction and original choreography are credited to Bennett, with a co-choreographer credit to Bob Avian.
Tickets are free for SUNY Potsdam students, $7 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens and non-SUNY Potsdam students. Seating is general admission and tickets will be available at the door. For advanced reservations, please call the SUNY Potsdam Student Government Association at (315) 267-2588.
Additional information can be found online at www2.potsdam.edu/mto.
To learn more about the many arts immersion experiences available at SUNY Potsdam, visit http://www.potsdam.edu/about/artscampus.