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“A Chorus Line,” April 12-14.
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Contact: Audrey Saccone, Producer
The Musical Theatre Organization at SUNY Potsdam is excited to present “A Chorus Line,” running Thursday, April 12 through Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 PM in Dunn Dance Theatre. The production is free for SUNY Potsdam students, $7 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens and non-SUNY Potsdam students.
Developed in the 1970’s, “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 8 of whom would be able to eventually perform “on the line.”
“A Chorus Line” features a book by James Kirkwood & 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.
The production is entirely student-run under the advisement of Dr. Lonel Woods. A dedicated staff of students include Producer Audrey Saccone (a senior Vocal Music Business and Musical Studies: Theory/History major from Colonie, NY), Stage Director Gina Bilardi (a junior Theater Education major from Plainview, NY), Choreographer Jana Prager (a senior Dance and English Literature & Writing major from Valley Stream, NY), Music Director Jamilla Fort (a senior vocal Music Education major from Cortland, NY), Stage Manager Elizabeth Munz (a junior Theater major from Osceola NY).
Says Director, Gina Bilardi, “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.”
The cast of characters is made up of 28 students who major in subjects varying from sociology to history to secondary education, not just music, dance, and theater. 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” will be presented for only three performances: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 12-14 at 7:30 in Dunn Dance Theatre. 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 SUNY Potsdam Student Government Association at (315) 267-2588. Additional information can be found online at www2.potsdam.edu/mto.