Local talent to be showcased in "A Chorus Line"

BURLINGTON Many Chittenden County residents will be involved onstage, and backstage, in Lyric Theatres upcoming production of A Chorus Line. The popular Bob Fosse dance vehicle is scheduled for a Nov. 13-16 run at the Flynn. It takes a lot of talent, drive and passion to successfully mount a complex musical such as A Chorus Line. Those elements have never been in short supply at the Lyric Theatre. Heres a list of just a few of the local actors (by characters), stage hands, prop makers, among others, who are volunteering their time and skills to entertain and dazzle local audiences: Appearing onstage are Tyler Baldor (Roy), Jane Burchard (Laurie), Lisa DeNatale (Ellen), Brad Enos (Don), Kate Godkin (Cassie), Suzanne Lunden (Prudie), Kim Nowlan (Val), Serena Magnan OConnell (Diana), Don Patrick OConnell (Zach), and Rebecca Raskin (Vicki). Behind-the-scenes are Pam Carter (stage manager), Vern Emerson (set engineer/production carpenter), Joann Stanfield (box office), Doug Viehmann and Ann Vivian (set designers), Becca Wells (make-up co-chairwoman), Kerry Whalen (program) and Elizabeth Wilkins (house). Opening on Broadway in 1975 for a record-breaking 15-year run, A Chorus Line changed the Broadway musical forever. Weaving together the personal stories of Broadway vagabonds dancers and singers who make a living in the Broadway chorus A Chorus Line won multiple Tony Awards including best musical book and best score. It also won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Even produced on a local level by Lyric Theatre, the personal stories of the characters in A Chorus Line will ring true for its all about diversity and being different. Whether that difference is a difficult home life, being gay or just not being pretty enough for these characters, dance has been their passion. In a sense, this musical blazed the trail for the many competition T.V. shows, like So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol (where we learn much about performers through real life competition well, maybe too much). Lyric Theatres production of A Chorus Line showcases amazing dance numbers and the incredible music of Marvin Hamlisch. The personal stories of the characters will leave you touched and inspired as you learn what it is like for them to put themselves on the line to prove they deserve their chance onstage. A Chorus Line runs Nov. 13-16 at the Flynn in Burlington,with evening performances Thursday-Sunday and matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices are $19-$30 with student and senior discounts for selected performances. The Saturday matinee performance will be audio-described. Tickets are available at the Flynn Box Office, by calling 86FLYNN or online at flynntix.org.

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