With the help of numerous volunteers, the Des Moines Community Playhouse brings to life their second main-stage production of the 2017-2018 season, A Chorus Line.
A Chorus Line, according to the Playhouse’ website, 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.”
A Chorus Line opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway, July 25, 1975, it was originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett. The musical received twelve Tony Award nominations and won nine, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The Des Moines Playhouse has been working on its version since mid-May. David Kilpatrick, the executive director of the Playhouse, said “Auditions for a Chorus Line were May 18” adding that “the quality is just so high.”
Kilpatrick went on to add “we actually have a very small staff. We have about 13 full-time staff. Everyone else involved in the production are amateurs. They’re doing it for the love…they’re all community members.”
In the following video, Kilpatrick expands more on why he believes the theater is important to the community.
John Viars, the Playhouse’s artistic director and producer of the A Chorus Line, added, “There is an identification with it. It’s just a great show and it endures for that reason. And there is a great deal of vulnerability when people just say how they really feel and that’s what you get in a Chorus Line.”
Later in the season, the Des Moines Community Playhouse will also produce the Kate Goldman Children’s theater production of A Little House Christmas, the monthly annual Friday Fun-day with September’s on the 29th with The Reluctant Dragon. And the next main-stage production will be Choices, running October 13 to the 29.