2015 - 2016
A Chorus Line
A Chorus Line is a celebration of those unsung heroes of Musical Theatre - the chorus dancers-- the valiant, over-dedicated, underpaid, and highly trained chorus dancers who back up the stars and often make them look even more talented than they are.
A Chorus Line is also about competition, and competition might easily be the common denominator that grabs the audience and holds it by the collective heartstring until the final choices are made.
Specifically, A Chorus Line takes the audience through the final gruelling audition run by the director, Zach, for a new Broadway musical. At the beginning of the show, Zach, a driven, compulsive worker, has assembled twenty-six semi-finalists and is putting them through a vigorous series of dance combinations, including ballet and jazz. Soon he whittles this group down to the final seventeen. They and the audience know that eventually this number will be cut to eight, four boys and four girls.
Instead of having them read a short audition scene, Zach wants to elicit a personal history from each one: how they got into "show business" and why they became dancers. As he calls upon them individually, they react in every possible way, from bravado to reticence. From childhood on, their memories emerge, blending into a seamless series of musical numbers and monologues. As their individual stories pour out in songs and in spoken words, we get to know each one of these ambitious entertainers individually, so that by the show's end, we can identify and cheer for our favourites.
A Chorus Line departs from the usual glossy backstage musical by presenting a true picture of what it's like to be in the theatre - glamorous at times, but also tough, heartbreaking and sometimes even tragic.
Artistic Director: Debbie Guilbeault
Musical Director: Wendy Berkelaar
Choreographer: Derek Eyamie