Tibbits Professional Summer Theatre
Summer Season continues with, “A Chorus Line”
COLDWATER – One of the most honored musicals in history makes its Tibbits debut this summer when “A Chorus Line” takes to the stage July 10 through July 19 as part of Tibbits Summer Theatre.
With a cast of 25 it’s the largest professional production at the historic opera house in decades and according to executive director, Christine Delaney, “the show will knock your socks off.” She adds, “We have an outstanding groups of performers this year. The triple threat, they can dance, sing and act. They started rehearsals earlier because there are 24 dance numbers to master for this show.”
The story couldn’t be simpler: 17 dancers are asked by the director/choreographer to talk about themselves and why they dance. The stories they tell are as different as the individuals—funny, emotionally charged, nostalgic, crass, exuberant, wistful, joyous—but all share that common denominator, the love, the need to dance.
“A Chorus Line” provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. “And while on the surface it’s about dancers ‘getting the show,’ it really is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration,” says Artistic Director, Charles Burr.
With book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, audiences will enjoy several iconic numbers including, “I Can Do That,” “What I Did for Love” and “One.”
Tibbits is thrilled to host professional cast members from across the country including: Ryan Blackson, Wayne Davis, Allison Canning, Kyra Chistopher, Andrew Cuccaro, Lindsey Dakota, Ezekiel Edmonds, Devon Frieder, Isaac Jankowski, Liam Johnson, Nate Klingenberg, Jonah Kramer, Yurina Kutsukake, Christina Laschuk, Kelsey Peters, Charlotte Vaughn Raines, Nick Raynor, Nicholas Alexander Rodriguez, Catherine Skojec, Ashley Smith, Joshua Smith, Emily Swan, Nasia Thomas, Ricky Wenthen and Tyler Whiteman.
“A Chorus Line” opened in 1975 and played for 6,137 performances. It was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and won 9 of them, including Best Musical. It swept the Drama Desk Awards, winning all 7 for which it was nominated. “A Chorus Line” went on to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama—one of a handful of musicals to ever win that award.
The show is sponsored by Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C., Attorneys at Law. It opens with a 2 p.m. matinee on Thursday, July 10 at Tibbits Opera House, 14 South Hanchett Street, Coldwater, Mich. Tickets are $10-32 and can be purchased at the Tibbits Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the door or at www.Tibbits.org. More information can be obtained by calling 517.278.6029.
When you can see it …
2 p.m. on July 10 and July 16
8 p.m. on July 10-12 and July 16-19
Cutline: Nate Klingenberg as Zach Christina, Laschuk as Cassie Nicholas, Alexander Rodriguez as Paul, Devon Frieder as Val
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