Richfield High School students are in the midst of 12 weeks of rehearsals in preparation for live performances of the musical “A Chorus Line.”
Rehearsals began in September and will continue up to the live performances in the RHS auditorium, scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 20-22, at 7 p.m. There will be two additional performances Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 and 7 p.m. The final performance will take place Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. Admission will be $6 per person for all shows.
The cast consists of 26 RHS students with 17 being on-stage leads. The group rehearses four times per week, with each rehearsal lasting some three hours.
The musical has been adapted to be a family friendly production for all ages, according to Lani Baker, language art and theatre teacher at RHS as well as a 32-year director of theatre performances. However, the majority of the Broadway choreography was retained in effort to keep the quality of the production top-notch, Baker said.
Baker is at the helm of bringing the classic to RHS’s stage.
“It is my desire and hope to bring shows to the community local residents might not see otherwise,” said Baker. The version RHS is putting on has been adapted and the more controversial aspects of the original production have been removed.
“Trust us – come enjoy the live performances and bring your families,” Baker said.
“A Chorus Line” is a concept musical centered on 17 Broadway dancers in the middle of auditioning for spots on the chorus line of an upcoming Broadway musical. It is set on a bare stage and provides a glimpse into the personalities of those auditioning and the events that shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.
The original Broadway production opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway July 25, 1975. It ran for 6,137 performances, making it the longest-running production in Broadway history until “Cats” surpassed it 22 years later in 1997. It remains the seventh longest-running Broadway show ever.