The Pauper Players are bringing the unique stories of these singers and dancers to the stage of Playmakers Theatre with their production of "A Chorus Line," the famous, dance-intensive musical by choreographer Michael Bennett.
Director Paul Hudson, a senior dramatic art major, pitched the show last spring for consideration for production this fall. "I just loved it since I was a child," Hudson said. "I grew up dancing, and it's just a show that I really connected to and I thought could be really interesting to bring to a college campus because it's all about diversity and acceptance."
The show begins at a typical dance audition with the jittery participants voicing their nervousness through song. After an initial cut, the director decides to test them to determine who will act in the show and who will merely dance.
The 17 remaining characters tell their stories, which are based on real dancers' experiences, and in a truly democratic way, none dominate over the others.
To the show's choreographer, Spanish and dramatic art major Sofia Vallila, this displays the show's true spirit. "The finale is a dance with all of the characters," she said. "The chorus line is supposed to be completely uniform, and they aren't supposed to have any kind of individual characteristic, but essentially the audience now knows they each have their own story."