Bethany College Presents Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical ‘A Chorus Line’
BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College Theatre, Dance and Music have teamed up to present the internationally acclaimed Broadway musical “A Chorus Line,” winner of nine Tony Awards and the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Performances will be held in Wailes Theatre on the College’s campus from March 31 to April 2 at 8 p.m. An April 3 performance will be held at 2 p.m.
“A Chorus Line” explores the lives of a group of dancers auditioning for a Broadway musical. In response to the director’s request that they introduce themselves, the dancers — all desperate for a job — reveal their pasts, the meaning they have found in dance, and the sacrifices they have made in hopes of creating a successful dancing career for themselves. As the potential cast is culled, the audition highlights the uniqueness of each performer, providing compelling insights into human nature as well as the competitive world of dance.
Directed by Luke Hardt — Associate Professor of Theatre, Director of the Bethany College Theatre and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts — the production features choreography by Cheryl Pompeo, head of the Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance. Twelve-year-old St. Clairsville resident Kalista J'lyse Kafana, a student of Pompeo’s and a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, choreographed a solo dance number. Peter Lim, St. Clairsville resident and staff member at Ohio University Eastern, will perform the role of Larry, dance captain. Lim has also stepped into the offstage role of assistant director.
Pandel Collaros, Assistant Professor of Music at Bethany, is serving as musical director. The production’s pit band features Collaros on guitar, sophomore Zach Gordon on piano, Amanda McCoy ‘09 on bass; Brandon Barnes on drums and J. Matt White, Bethany Instructor of Music, on percussion.
Bethany’s production of “A Chorus Line” will feature the following cast and crew:
Sophomore Richard Oliver, Zak; Junior Joey Albus, Mark-Richie; Junior Kaitlyn Black, Cassie; Senior Sara Drews, Company/Vicki; Adelaide Estep, Company; Sophomore Andrew Ferguson, Bobby; freshman Carlie Fisher, Kristine; Sophomore Ariel Harris, Company/Tricia; Junior Katie Horneffer, Company; Sophomore Mari Kolanko, Connie; Senior Remington Kyes, Company; Freshman Alix Lilly, Judy; Peter Lim, Larry (Dance Captain)/Offstage Assistant Director; Freshman Amanda Madurski, Bebe; Morgan McCool, Company/Lois; Junior Patrick McGregor II, Paul; Freshman Brandon Miller, Mike; Michael Morris, Al DeLuca; Senior April O'Brien, Diana Morales; Senior Evan Oslund, Don; Sophomore Tori Rhoads, Val; Freshman Caitlyn Rorke, Company; Sophomore Alex Tamsula, Company; Senior Ally Tylka, Maggie; Freshman Katie Woeckener, Company; Senior Chelsea Wright-Saus, Sheila
Freshman Emerald Cavoto, Assistant Stage Manager; Bethany Assistant Professor of Music Pandel Collaros, Musical Director; Sophomore Alina Cross, Makeup Designer; Bethany Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of Technical Theatre Tracie Duncan, Technical Designer/Director; Associate Professor of Theatre Luke Hardt, Director; Junior JD Lanzy, Assistant Technical Director; Sophomore Shawn Holmes, Stage Manager; Senior Anastasia Kydonieus, Publicity; Cheryl Pompeo, Choreographer
The show is being produced with permission by Tams-Whitmark Music Library, Inc. It was conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban. The story is based on a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante.
Parents are advised that the show contains explicit content that may not be suitable for children. Tickets are $7/each or $5 with a Bethany ID. Call 304.829.7124 to make reservations or for more information.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.