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The Kent State School of Theatre and Dance Continues Season with A Chorus Line

Posted Oct. 6, 2011

Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance will continue its 2011/12 production season with 1975's box office smash, A Chorus Line. Directed by Terri Kent and choreographed by MaryAnn Black, the show will run from Nov. 4 through Nov. 13 in the E. Turner Stump Theatre located at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Music and Speech Center. To order tickets call 330-672-2497 or visit www. theatre.kent.edu/.

A Chorus LineThe Pulitzer Prize-winning production, originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, follows 17 Broadway dancers hoping to land a place in a chorus line. The dancers are asked to describe themselves to the director in order to get a role. This collection of background stories, hopes and dreams is told through 12 songs and 19 lead roles. The book is by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante, lyrics by Edward Kleban and music by Marvin Hamlisch.

"The audience will identify with the hopes and dreams of aspiring young professionals--those hopes and dreams transcend all careers even though this is specific to Musical Theatre," said Kent. "What is interesting about our production is that MaryAnn Black was in ACL on Broadway. She was with the show originally in California. She is recreating the original choreography."

Kent is the director of the musical theatre program, as well as serving as the artistic director of Porthouse Theatre, the professional summer theatre affiliated with the School of Theatre and Dance. Her local professional acting and directing credits include the following venues: The Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Cain Park, the Ensemble Theatre, the working Theatre and Weathervane Playhouse, among others.

Black received her Masters of Fine Arts in theatre from Kent State University and brings a professional resume to her dance instruction at Kent State and The University of Akron. Black offers an authentic point-of-view because she played the role of Maggie in the first national tour of A Chorus Line at the Schubert Theatre in Los Angeles and performed on Broadway when it became the longest running American show on Broadway.

Shows run Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The box office is open weekdays from noon-5 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. For tickets or more information call 330-672-2497. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and cash. Tickets are $8 Students, $14 Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association members, $12 Seniors (60+) and $16 Adults. Groups of 10 or more are $7 per person.

FOR KSU STUDENTS: On Weds., Nov. 9 students can receive 500 FLASHperks points by attending this performance.

The School of Theatre and Dance 2011/2012 season will feature The Crucible Oct. 7-16, A Chorus Line Nov. 4-13, Ragtime Feb. 17-26, the Student Theatre Festival Apr. 5-7, Dance '11 Parallel + Intersect Dec. 2-4, B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert Mar. 1-3, Student Dance Festival Mar. 4 and Kent Dance Ensemble: Break Out! Mar. 30- April 1.

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For more information contact:
Effie A. Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398

**Editors: Photos from A Chorus Line will be available after Oct. 26. Contact Effie Tsengas at etsengas@kent.edu.