A Chorus Line
Start Date: February 24 7:30 PM
This event is open to the public
The Phillips Academy Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to present their winter musical, A Chorus Line. Director, Erin E Strong, and musical director, Abbey Siegfried invite you to experience the hardships and joys of pursing one’s passion in the environment of auditioning for a chorus dancer. Performances will be held on Friday, February 24th, Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th.
A Chorus Line opened in 1975 as a first of its kind, cutting edge concept musical. The script draws upon interviews with Broadway dancers where they share their personal stories of growing up, including following their passions, their losses, and their drive to succeed. As the show progresses through the audition process, the performer’s personal stories are exposed to the audience in a series of songs and heartfelt monologues. Each puts themselves on the line both literally and figuratively as the grueling, comic, and glamorous aspects of pursing passion unfold.
The show ends in the classic Chorus Line kick line where all the performers, regardless of their individual stories and differences, come together as one glorious entity shining head to toe in the gold rhinestone embellished costumes from the Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Revival.
The cast has engaged in a collaboration with student documentarian, Ethan Brown ’17, to examine who they are beyond their resume. An interactive installation, created by Brown, will be on display in the lobby to coincide with the performances. Spectators are asked to consider “What do they do for love?” and "Who are they anyway? Are they their resume?" Throughout the rehearsal process, we have discovered that the vulnerability with which each performer shares aspects of themselves beyond what is on their resume is timely given our current engagement on campus where students embark telling their stories through venues such as Out of the Blue.
The cast of A Chorus Line includes Araba Aidoo ‘20, Sabrina Appleby ’17, Emily Bachwich ’17, Marianne Bautista ’20, Ethan Brown ’17, Candy Chan ‘17, Emma Chatson ’18, Yishu Chen ’19, Michael Codrington ’18, Lucy Comer ’18, Henry Crater ’20, Jack Curtin ’19, Jackson Diodati ’20, Edward Elson ‘17, Lucy Grossbard ’19, Kiarah Hortance ’17, Jennifer Lawson ’19, Laura Mahaniah ’20, Annie McGovern ’18, John Moreland ’18, Jason O’Dwyer ’18, Lydia Paris ’17, Zach Ruffin ’17, Zora Stewart ’19, Jack Twomey ’17, and Natalie Warren ’18, and Chloe Webster ‘20. A Chorus Line is stage managed by Justice Robinson ’18, features set design by Technical Director Jake Josef, and costume and lighting designs by faculty member Billy W. Murray.
Performances of A Chorus Line are Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 26th at 2pm in Tang Theatre. Tickets are $5 each and may be reserved through the PA box office at 978-749-4433.
Box Office Info
The Theatre and Dance Box Office is located across the hall from Tang Theatre in George Washington Hall. Tickets may be reserved over the phone by calling 978-749-4433 or purchased at the box office. Hours of operation are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursdays. The Box Office also opens one hour prior to each show. Tickets must be purchased in person at that time. The Box Office phone is not answered one hour prior to shows.