Playhouse on Park

Home » 2016 » June

Monthly Archives: June 2016

Rehearsing With The Cast of A Chorus Line

By Katie Gorsky, Hofstra ’18, Playhouse on Park Summer Intern

27558229522_57db87a281_z

In the days leading up to opening night of “A Chorus Line,” the cast was still hard at work putting on the final touches during their last few rehearsals.  Over the past few weeks, the group has spent long days and nights preparing for this massive production, and all of that work has paid off as the show’s run is well underway on the Playhouse stage.

A typical rehearsal usually begins with a thorough dance warm up by choreographer, Darlene Zoller, where cast members get their bodies ready to start the day with a series of stretches and strengthening exercises.  Next, dance material is reviewed in depth to ensure that everything from last rehearsal can be perfected, followed by a fresh batch of new choreography and scenes.

Even though rehearsing five days a week and eight hours a day sounds like plenty of time, when there’s only three weeks to get ready for the show, every minute must be used carefully.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a rehearsal when the cast was working on the show’s iconic finale scene, “One.”  When I walked into the studio space I was pleased to see everyone chatting and joking together like they had known each other for years. (Of course, considering they had been spending nearly every waking minute together, it wasn’t too surprising).   Despite having a good time together, when it was time to start rehearsing, everyone was able to successfully put their conversations aside and focus on the task ahead.

Being able to see a rehearsal in person really put into terms how much of a challenge putting on this show truly is.  I could tell that the biggest trial for the actors is how demanding and precise the choreography is for something that must be learned in a matter of weeks.  Not only must the cast be able to remember every step and formation, but they also must be aware of every leg angle, pointed toe, and hat movement.  In order to achieve those sought-after moments of impeccable synchronization, everything must be picture perfect.

Make sure you secure tickets for A Chorus Line (running ’til July 31) so you can see how this demanding rehearsal process translates into a phenomenal show!

Advertisements

Behind the Scenes: A Chorus Line

By Kaitlyn Gorsky, Hofstra ’18, Playhouse on Park Summer Intern

Get your jazz hands ready and your top hats on because we are less than two weeks away from Playhouse on Park’s summer premiere of “A Chorus Line!” With only two weeks of rehearsal time, twenty-five actors, and the challenge of putting on one of the most iconic musicals of the twentieth century, this performance will surely be one of the largest and most rewarding premieres that the Playhouse has ever seen.

DSC_0042 (2)

A portion of the cast during the meet and greet at the Playhouse.

Set in the 1970s, “A Chorus Line” follows the individual stories of Broadway hopefuls as they audition for parts in the chorus of an upcoming production. As cuts are made and only seventeen candidates remain, each begins to tell their stories of what brought them to audition in the first place. Featured in the production are many notable musical performances including, “I Hope I Get It,” “One,” “I Can Do That,” “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three,” “At The Ballet,” “The Music and The Mirror,” and many more.
However, before the actors can take the stage of this highly anticipated production, there is much to be done. And like those auditioning in “A Chorus Line,” we all have to start at the bottom to reach the top. That’s where I come in.

DSC_0052 (1)

Set Designer Christopher Hoyt and Darlene Zoller

This summer I will be interning with the Playhouse and documenting my experiences behind the scenes. Over the next few weeks, I will be attending rehearsals, speaking with actors and directors, and working behind the scenes to see just how this musical can go from songs on paper to an enormous live performance.
In the past I have attended a few of Playhouse on Park’s musical performances, and was absolutely blown away by the sheer talent of the actors and the genius that went into each show’s direction. Because of this, I have high expectations for what the Playhouse has in store for us in their rendition of this classic musical and am so excited to see what twist they put on it.

DSC_1646

Co-Director Sean Harris shares his vision for the show as Stage Manager Mollie Cook and Co-Director and Choreographer Darlene Zoller look on.

DSC_1638.JPG

L->R: Music Director Mike Morris, Playhouse Executive Director Tracy Flater, Co-Director Sean Harris, Music Director Emmett Drake, Stage Manager Mollie Cook.

Make sure to keep checking in for updates on the progress of the show, and I can’t wait to see you at the Playhouse when “A Chorus Line” premieres on June 17th!