Blackfriars Theatre, 795 E. Main St., Rochester, will present its 2018-19 Blackfriars Theatre Summer Intensive production, “A Chorus Line,” on July 6-15.
This musical captures the spirit and tension of a professional Broadway audition as it explores the inner lives and ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies. “A Chorus Line” received nine Tony awards, four Drama Desk awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
“Each summer, our goal is to raise the bar to challenge and train the next generation of theater artists,” said Danny Hoskins, artistic and managing director. “As we enter our third summer of our BTSI program, what better title to inspire a higher standard than the Pulitzer Prize-winning, iconic musical ‘A Chorus Line’?
“Each character in ‘A Chorus Line’ is hustling and struggling to make their Broadway dream a reality, and it’s a wonderful parallel as these young artists are maturing, training and yearning, day in and day out, to achieve the same level of prominence and success. It’s an exciting process to watch their personal development as young dancers and singers, coalesce with the heart-warming, hopeful and true-to-life stories of their dramatic counterparts.”
BTSI launched in 2016 with the goal to provide professional level actor training to the next generation of artists. Focused on rising juniors in high school through newly graduated seniors in college, BTSI offers continued training for students who are interested in or are currently studying to pursue a career in the field.
BTSI offers students a six-week program that ends in a musical theater performance. Students focus on ensemble building, actor training and the performance process including acting, voice and dance. The program starts at the end of May, and runs through the middle of July.
The “A Chorus Line” cast includes Demetrio Alomar (Paul), Evan Balasubramaniam (Richie), Avery Carlson (Val), Abby DeWitte (Bebe), Sophia Foti (ensemble), Sam Guida (ensemble), Becca Hammack (ensemble), Abigail Hazlett (Judy), Nash Johns (ensemble), Nathan Kelly (Greg), Melanie McBride (Sheila), Liana Monaco (Laura), Eli Owens (Mike), Allie Perine (Maggie), Ariana Rivera (Cassie), Tommy Rector (Bobby), Adriana Scalice (Diana), Georgia VanRy (ensemble), Bridget Welch (Kristine) and Ian Yates (Al). The production is directed by Hoskins, with musical direction by Andy Pratt and choreography by Lani Toyama Hoskins and Cordelia Kwon.
Show times are 8 p.m. on July 6-7 and July 13-14, 2 p.m. on July 8 and July 15 and 7:30 p.m. on July 10-12. A panel discussion follows the July 8 performance. Tickets cost $29.50-$34.50, and are available at blackfriars.org or (585) 454-1260.