‘A Chorus Line’ recieves big laughs and sells out every show

Abbey Brown

“Fifteen to places everyone.”


“Chocolate is very good for our voices. It’s going to coat our throats, and then we are going to sing like horses.”

The rows of tables are lined with mirrors and make-up kits. People are running around half-dressed in velvet, sparkles and spandex.

“Sold to the girl with the nice rack and the chick I’ve already banged.”

Hearty laughter.

It’s just another day for the cast of “A Chorus Line.” Backstage, they are preparing to perform to yet another sold out crowd in Russell H. Miller Theatre in the fine arts center.

“A Chorus Line” is a musical about a group of Broadway hopefuls auditioning to be part of the chorus in an upcoming musical.

In the plushy theater seats, the audience sits buzzing with anticipation, some holding flowers to give to loved ones performing, others just clutching their program.

In the lobby, parents of cast members are exchanging stories.

“He warned us that his character is very, very gay,” one mother says laughing.

“Our daughter explained to us that it was for a college audience,” another parent said. “Nothing is censored.”

The director in the play, Zach, decides that this audition is going to be unlike any other audition. He wants each person to tell a little about themselves – information he can’t find on their resum?s.

Real life director and choreographer Stephen Stone said directing “A Chorus Line” is a little different from most musicals.

“It does speak specifically about what we do,” Stone said. “Yet it speaks about those things in universal terms – things that every human can relate to.”

The musical opens with the full cast following the cues of the choreographer’s assistant, Lori. After the initial cut, the cast steps up to the “line.” The auditioners take their place on the masking tape line on the scuffed black stage, waiting and wondering what each would talk about.

Winchester junior Christopher Kirby, playing Bobby, talked about the his “idyllic” childhood filled with astroturf patios and spray painting a neighborhood child silver. Bobby was a tall, leather clad, white-haired auditioner with a dog collar.

“. To commit suicide in Buffalo is redundant,” Kirby said.

Connie, played by Allison Harnish, a freshman from Kettering, Ohio, said although she is in her 30s she has had to play adolescents because of her appearance – her whole four foot, nine inches in height – “peanut on point.”

Greg, played by Christopher Caldwell, a sophomore from Cordova, Tenn., added some spice to the musical with his addition to the performance – a surprise for Stone and Caldwell’s parents.

In his monologue he talks about sex and his discovery of his homosexuality. Greg said because he was gay he would always be expected to make a fashion statement. With this statement, he tore off his silver work-out pants to reveal a pair of purple sparkle hot-pants.

The shocked audience responded with lots of laughter.

Stone said each of the performances has been sold out and that Saturday’s matinee was added because of the show’s popularity.

Bowling Green junior Will Miller said doing “A Chorus Line” meant a little more to him than most musicals. He played Paul.

“As a performer this is one of those shows that represents life as a performer,” Miller said. “People think musicals are all about the glitz and the glamor. This allows them a glimpse of what it is really like.”