The Rhodes 101 Stops and Commerce Bank Theatre and Dance Series at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus opens the 2016-2017 season with “A Chorus Line” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28-Oct. 1 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 2 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.
“A Chorus Line” examines one day in the lives of 17 dancers, all vying for a spot in the chorus line of a Broadway musical. The show opens in the middle of an audition for an upcoming Broadway production. After the first round of cuts, the director and choreographer Zach asks each dancer to speak about themselves.
Discomfort opens into revelation, confession leads to redemption, and within the bright, outwardly homogeneous chorus, the audience begins to see each dancer’s individuality. Based on real Broadway dancers’ stories, “A Chorus Line” is funny, heartbreaking and refreshingly honest.
“‘A Chorus Line,’ in the 1970s and 1980s, was the longest running show in the history of Broadway,” said Dr. Kenneth Stilson, chair of The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance. “It’s still one of the most popular shows in the world, and audiences will get a glimpse of what it’s like to audition and prepare for a hit Broadway production. Appropriately enough, ‘A Chorus Line’ was selected to launch our program into its next evolution as The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance.”
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampus.org.