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Behind the Scenes: A Chorus Line

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!


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