A CHORUS LINE is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, the show features one powerhouse number after another. Memorable musical numbers include “What I Did for Love, “One,” “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” and “I Hope I Get It.” Join our Advanced Theatre Students for this brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama. We will be studying and presenting the High School Edition version, which is a full-length version adapted for performance by students with family audiences. See below for specifics.
Wednesday, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Auditions: Aug. 20 & 21; Call Backs, if necessary, and by invitation only, Aug. 22nd.
Auditions: Students who are registered will audition August 20 and 21. Once registered, we will contact you with instructions for setting up an audition date/time. See below for more information on auditioning and for cast descriptions.
Auditions (after Aug. 22): Students who wish to audition after the first round of auditions, must register. Once registered, we will contact you to arrange an audition date/time. Feel free to contact us to learn more about remaining parts.
4 Performances: March 27 @ 2 pm; March 28 @ 2 pm & 7 pm; March 29 @ 2pm
Tuition: See Tuition Rates. All students who register will be charged a registration fee of $30. The first monthly tuition payment will be charged on Aug. 1 or the date of registration (whichever comes first). Those accepted into the program will continue to be charged a monthly tuition amount through Feb. 2020. Please note that this class has a dance requirement. All students must be registered in dance or show proof of taking dance at another studio by Sept. 1st. If neither of those have happened, students will be automatically enrolled in a dance class that has openings and parents will be charged for the dance class along with the tuition for the Advanced Musical Theatre class. See the Tuition Rates page for examples.
Those not accepted into the program will be refunded any specific tuition paid towards the Advanced Musical Theatre class (only). Adjustments will be made to month tuition based on other registrations.
Performance Fee: A $130 performance fee will be assessed on Oct. 1, 2019. This fee includes a performance t-shirt, DVD, 2 tickets and costume cleaning/rental fees. Siblings fee is $100 and does not include a DVD.
Note: This program is for serious students. Therefore, all those cast are expected to be enrolled in dance classes (at Not Just Dance OR elsewhere) and be either enrolled in music classes at school or taking private voice lessons. More specific requirements may be placed on other roles. See casting for information.
A CHORUS LINE – HIGH SCHOOL EDITION is a full-length version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, adapted for performance by high school students with family audiences. Every aspect of the show has been developed specifically for high school performers: dialogue and content are age-appropriate, dance sequences are of a length befitting high school dancers, and allowances are made to feature actors of any race or ethnicity. The materials have been prepared – with the authors’ approval – to help us mount the best possible production and to give students an exciting and rewarding experience.
Though it remains a full-length musical, A CHORUS LINE – HIGH SCHOOL EDITION differs from the original version in several ways. Here are some examples of the changes:
- The character of “Larry” is now “Lori,” allowing for an additional female principal role.
- The open call portion of the audition (“I Hope I Get It”) requires fewer boys.
- No references to smoking or suicide.
- “Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love” no longer contains any explicit sexual content.
- “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three” now features the refrain “This and That,” and does not explicitly reference the character’s anatomy.
- The dance sequence in “The Music and the Mirror” is shortened.
- The first version of “One,” in which the actors learn the combination, is simplified.
- No “R-rated” profanity.
- Paul’s monologue is slightly reduced in length.
- Alternate dialogue is provided for more flexible casting of Connie, Richie and Judy, who can be played by actors of any race or height.
Class Meeting Dates:
Sept 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11, 18, Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
ALL classes are held from 6 pm – 9 pm EXCEPT as follows:
- Tuesday, March 24 (5:00 pm – 9:00pm)
- Wednesday, March 25 (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
- Possible Sunday Rehearsals:
- Feb 9 (1:00pm-6:00pm)
- March 1 (1:00pm-6:00pm)
Note: All rehearsals are important. Students/Parents will be asked to provide a conflict list at auditions. If students are excused, they are expected to learn any material they missed. Since this class moves quickly, all students are expected to memorize songs, lines, choreography and blocking by the due dates set by the Directors. The mandatory dress rehearsals are March 4, 11, 18, 24, 25
Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 pm; Friday, March 27 at 7:00pm; Saturday, March 28 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm; Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 pm
- A Performance Fee of $130 will be assessed on Oct 1, 2019. This fee includes a performance t-shirt, DVD, 2 tickets and costume cleaning/rental fees. Siblings fee is $100 and does not include a DVD.
- Monthly tuition payments will be processed on the first of the month August, 2019 – February, 2020. Please refer to the policies for additional information about tuition policies
- Since this is a performance based classed, the last date to drop this class is Nov. 30, 2019. After that point, parents will be responsible for all tuition through Feb 1, 2020. Please refer to the policy on dropping classes.
Make Up Classes:
Students who miss class (up to 6 classes, through January 31st), may make up their classes by taking dance classes. All make ups must be completed by January 31st.
The Not Just Dance Halloween Party will be on October 19th
The Not Just Dance Holiday Party will be on January 4th.
Last day of class / Cast party is March 29th after the performance
No Class Dates:
Nov 27, Dec 25, Jan 1, Feb 12 (Frozen Dress Rehearsal)
Note: The entire cast is trying out for the “chorus line”. Therefore, all actors must have dance skills. We will be looking for actors that have dance skills in different genres of dance: jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop and will feature those specific skills. Also, since there are “cut” dancers at the beginning of the show, we may decide to double cast – giving everyone an opportunity to be a part of the “chorus”. In addition we may cast a girl for a role that is traditionally done by a boy.
In addition to being good dancers, most cast members (with the exception of a couple non-singing soloist parts), have solos sprinkled throughout the show.
Male/Baritone OR Female/Alto
Al is married to Kristine. He is aggressive yet humorous, and very protective of his wife. Needs to have good comic timing and ability with Bronx accent. Must be a strong actor and singer. If we go with a female actress, they will be Kristine’s friend.
Bebe is a Jewish modern dancer, down to earth, quiet and strong in will. Lacks self esteem, Mother always told her she was unattractive. Must be a strong actress and singer. A plus if actress can do ballet.
Songs: At the Ballet and Montage, Part 1: Hello Twelve
Bobby is a flamboyant, extremely funny and clever. Picked on at school for being different and gay. Describes himself as strange. Classed as weird in school. Tells his story as humorous vignettes. Smooth with dialogue. Must be a strong actor who can pantomime.
Cassie is an outstanding dancer with star quality who has experienced great disappointments. She used to have an affair with Zach. Was a chorus dancer moved on to major roles and now can’t get work. Needs to be a strong character actress with great emotion that is also a strong singer and dancer.
Song: The Music and the Mirror
Connie a bright happy outgoing girl. Asian woman, but can be played by another race or Caucasian person. Must be short and a strong actress/singer.
Song: Montage Part 1: Hello Twelve
Diana is an energetic, humourous Puerto Rican woman who speaks from the heart. Quite a forceful personality. She is a friend of Paul. Needs to be good with accents and emotion in song. Need a strong actress/singer.
Songs: Montage, Part 2: Nothing AND Kiss Today Goodbye
Male/Baritone OR Female/Alto
Don is a classic all-American young man (or woman), a jock. He/She is married and been in the business for years.
Greg is a gay man who is quite arrogant and overly confident. He is confident in his sexuality. Strong presence speaks with clarity and polished grammar reflecting his upbringing.
Song: Montage, Part 4
Judy is nervous, scatterbrained, gawky, warm and hopeful. Could be played as a slight “dumb blonde”. Not a baby voiced way though. Must be a strong actress/singer.
Songs: …And…; Montage Part 3: Mother; and Montage Part 4
Female/Non-Singing (sort of – has a large song about not being able to Sing)
Kristine is married to Al. She is happy, well adjusted, and sexy – but she apparently can’t sing. Needs to have great comic timing and will need to match Al. She needs to be able to pull off “not being able to sing” (So – either someone who really isn’t a strong singer or someone who can play at being a bad singer.)
Lori is Zach’s assistant. She is an authoritative no-nonsense leader. She will need to be able to move well and show some steps to the cast. Will need a good understanding of music to vocally time dance steps to music. Must be a strong actress and preferably a strong dancer. Note: Lori will still participate in the songs – just no solos.
Maggie is an attractive sweet dreamer, with some old family issues that still affect her life. Unhappy family upbringing. Must move gracefully and be quite feminine. Must play a non-aggressive likeable character. Must be a strong singer and dancer, preferably with ballet skills.
Song: At the Ballet
Mike is an Italian tap dancer, who used to get teased. He is very straight and a bundle of energy. Needs to be very confident performer with big stage presence. Must be a strong singer and be able to tap dance along with being a strong actor.
Song: I Can Do That
Paul is shy, introverted and Puerto Rican. He is a friend of Diana. He has a HUGE monologue about his parents discovering he is gay. Very emotional role. Extremely good character actor who is not afraid to put themselves wholly in to the role. Must be a very strong actor.
Richie is a high energy, proud, good natured young man. Must be a strong actor and singer.
Songs: …And… and Montage Part 4
Sheila is a gorgeous somewhat older, been-around-the-block dancer and comic actress. Uses sarcasm very well and is quite sassy with Zach. Needs to be a strong actress/singer/dancer (preferably ballet).
Song: At the Ballet
Val is a sexy, sassy, funny, foul mothed woman with a big belt voice and a persona to match. Needs to meet physical criteria of having a well put together body. Very physically confident performer comfortable drawing attention to the body. Needs to be a strong actress/singer.
Songs: … And … and Dance 10, Looks 3
Male/Non-singing (but must be a commanding voice!)
Zach is an ex dancer who is the Director of the show. He is a perfectionist. He used to have an affair with Cassie. He speaks instructions from the darkness of the audience, seems quite business like and to the point, at times being rude. Needs to have a strong, commanding voice. Must believe he has dance skills (or actually does have dance skills). Strong actor. Preference to a strong actor AND dancer.
Named parts: Tricia, Vicki, Frank, Roy
Must be able to sing and act and be “ok” dancers. Will also sing backstage during the “all” parts. Strongly considering double casting.
August 20, 21, 22 2019
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Students who register will be provided with more information about how to register for an audition slot.
All those auditioning, must register for the class. Casting will be decided based on the auditions. All those registered will be notified of decisions by late Aug 26.
Note: If you have a conflict with the audition dates/times, please let us know at the time of registration. We will set up a separate audition for you.
- Prepare 32 bars of music. Please pick from a musical (no pop music or rock music). A CD and ipod player will be available. No accompanist will be available. Acapella is acceptable, however, not recommended.
- Prepare a 1 minute monologue
- Come to the audition prepared for movement. (A bit of choreography will be taught at the audition)
- Fill out the Audition Form. Bring it, along with a small photo. (If a resume/headshot is available, please bring that along with the Audition Form). The audition form will be provided to registered students.