VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre continues its season with Broadway’s “A Chorus Line,” Feb. 26-27 and March 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance on Sunday, Feb.28 at 2 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.
Under the leadership of director/choreographer Patricia Downey and musical director Nanette Hofer, “A Chorus Line” showcases students from The U’s acting and musical theatre programs. Playing Zach, the director within the show, is senior Dylan Jost of Custer, S.D. Zach, who wants to know those auditioning by more than just a casting headshot, asks the 17 remaining dancers to introduce themselves so he can judge them as unique individuals and not as faceless masses.
Principal actors forming this audition “line” include: Jessie Atkinson of Sioux City, Iowa, Rebecca Barczak of Clarksville, Ind., Devin Basart of Sioux Falls, S.D., Patrick Beasley of Lincoln, Neb., Maggie Conley of Des Moines, Iowa, Gabrielle Cross of Brewster, Minn., Zach Drane of Amana, S.D., Krysta Dziak of Helena, Mont., Kevin Earlywine of Rockford, Ill., Mary Fitzgibbons of Sioux Falls, S.D., David Hernandez III of Huron, S.D., Phil Johnson of Yankton, S.D., Nichole Jorgensen of Tea, S.D., Avalon Kann of McGregor, Iowa, Kevin Kelly from Aberdeen, S.D., Aaron Kuchta of Hartington, Neb., Adam Larson from Chamberlain, S.D., Natalie Polisson of Crown Point, Ind., Tarryn Rouse of Doniphan, Neb., Brianna Wetrosky from Brandon, S.D., and Elizabeth Wright of Yankton, S.D. Members of the ensemble include Will Cornay, Hannah Lambertz and Sara Otteman of Yankton, Angelica Elwell of Hill City, S.D., Chris Johnson of Crown Point, Ind., Stephanie Maddox of Orlando, Fla., Danny Marandola of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, and Ebony Shanklin of Sioux Falls. The pit singers are Samantha Brewer of Fargo, N.D., Kristen Edwards of Aberdeen, S.D., and Cody Perk of Yankton.
Professors Tim Case, Anthony Pellecchia and Linda Wigley Scribner design the set, lighting and costumes, respectively.
This beloved musical follows 17 dancers as they audition for eight coveted spots in a chorus line. With book and lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban, the story is a moving tribute to the hopes, heartache and trials of these characters expressed through a brilliant fusion of song, dance and drama. Notable songs include “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three,” “The Music and the Mirror,” “What I Did for Love” and “One (Singular Sensation).”
Tickets to “A Chorus Line,” which contains mature themes and adult language, are $12 for adults, $8 for K-12 and non-USD students and $5 for USD students with ID. For reservations call the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400 beginning Friday, Feb. 19 or reserve online at www.usd.edu/theatre.