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A Chorus Line: High School Edition

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 your school or organization mount the best possible production and to give your students an exciting and rewarding experience.

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. A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, the show was instantly recognized as a classic.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Backing Tracks, Drama

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Appropriate for all audiences

  • Performance Group:
  • High School/Secondary

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical (1976)
    Winner! 4 Drama Desk Awards (1976)
    Winner! 3 Obie Awards (1976)
    Winner! Theatre Theatre World - Special Award (1976)
    Winner! The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1976)
    Winner! Special Gold Tony Award in honor of becoming Broadway's longest-running musical (1984)
    Winner! 2 Tony Awards including Best Revival (2007)
A Chorus Line is a celebration of those unsung heroes of the American Musical Theatre: the chorus dancers -- those valiant, over dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers who back up the star or stars and often make them look even more talented than they are. It is also a celebration of the American Musical itself. A Chorus Line is also about competition, and competition might easily be the common denominator that grabs the audience and holds it by the collective heartstring until the final, ultimate choices are made. For everyone, at one time or another, puts his life on the line. We all compete, no matter what business we're in, for promotion, for attention, for approval and for love. Specifically, A Chorus Line takes the audience through the final grueling audition run by the director, Zach, for a new Broadway musical.

At the beginning of the show, Zach, a driven, compulsive worker, has assembled thirty semi-finalists and is putting them through a vigorous series of dance combinations, including ballet and jazz. Soon he thinks this group down to the final sixteen, eight boys and eight girls. They and the audience know that eventually this number will be cut in half and Zach will choose only four boys and four girls to be in his new musical. Instead of having them read a short audition scene, Zach wants to elicit a personal history from each one: how they got into show business, why they became dancers, what their hopes, fantasies and aspirations are. As he calls upon them individually, they react in every possible way, from bravado to reticence. From childhood on, their memories emerge, blending into a seamless series of musical numbers and monologues, some humorous (Dance: Ten; Looks: Three), some poignant (At the Ballet), some group reminiscences when they all share their adolescent experiences (Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love) and some intimate, as when he calls upon Cassie, his former lover who has returned from California to ask for a chorus job after having been a featured performer (The Music and the Mirror).

As their individual stories pour out in song (Nothing) and in spoken words (Paul's Monologue), interspersed by learning dance routines that reveal their ability to perform as a faceless drill team (One), the audience, as well as Zach, gets to know each one of these ambitious entertainers individually, so that by the show's end, they can identify and root for their favorites as well as empathize with all of them because they all need the job -- they all want to work at their craft.

A Chorus Line departs from the usual glossy backstage musical by presenting a true picture of what it's like to be in the theatre: glamorous, yes, at times, but also tough, heartbreaking and sometimes even tragic, in the case of Paul who is knocked out of the competition by an injury sustained during a dance number (The Tap Combination). After these brave dancers explain why they would go through a life filled with rejection and injury (What I Did for Love), Zach makes his selection, eliminating the last group who reluctantly leave the stage. The lights soon fade on the remaining eight ecstatic dancers as they are told to prepare for rehearsals of their new Broadway show. They fade only to come up as each performer, now dressed in full, shimmering finale costume, reappears to receive an individual bow before joining together to perform the brilliant dance finale (One) and showing exactly the talent it takes to make it into A Chorus Line

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 an race or ethnicity. The materials have been prepared -- with the authors' approval -- to help you school or organization mount the best possible production and to give your 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 no 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.
* The tap sequence is significantly shorter.
* Paul's monologue is also 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.

In addition to the Script/Vocal Parts and Piano-Vocal score, A Chorus Line: High School Edition includes a Director's Production Guide, a Choreography DVD to assist in the creation of dances, and a Rehearsal Sing-Along CD with professional vocalists singing all the music. You may also rent a performance CD with pre-recorded professional live accompaniment of the entire show, or rent a full orchestration for performance with a live orchestra.

Premiere Production:

Opening Off-Broadway at The Public Theater on April 15, 1975, A Chorus Line, originally starring Donna McKechnie, Sammy Williams, Robert LuPone and Carole Bishop, transferred to the Shubert Theatre on Broadway on July 25, 1975 and ran for 6,137 performance before closing on April 28, 1990.
On September 29, 1983, A Chorus Line became the longest-running show in Broadway history. In London it played 903 performances at the Theatre Royale, Drury Lane. It was revived at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway in 2006 and played for 759 performances.

  • Casting: 11M, 12F

  • ZACH - Director/Choreographer
    LORI - Zach's assistant

    Dancer's on the Line (audition numbers in parentheses)
    CASSIE (no number)
    SHEILA (152)
    VAL (179)
    DIANA (2)
    JUDY (23)
    KRISTINE (10)
    MAGGIE (9)
    BEBE (37)
    CONNIE (149)

    MIKE (81)
    RICHIE (44)
    DON (5)
    PAUL (45)
    MARK (63)
    GREG (67)
    BOBBY (84)
    AL (17)

    Named Dancers
    TRICIA
    ROY
    FRANK (boy in the headband)
    VICKI

    Ensemble
    CUT DANCERS / PIT SINGERS
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Piano-Vocal Score
    1 x Prompt Book/Vocal Part

    $24.00/pm
    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    22 x Prompt Book/Vocal Parts
    1 x Director's Production Guide
    1 x Piano-Vocal Score
    1 x Disc Set, consisting of:
     - 1 x Two-Disc Set of Sing-Along CD's
     - 1 x Choreography DVD

    PRODUCTION KIT DESCRIPTION

    Director's Production Guide: A complete director's script with background material, directional pointers, details on incorporating the show's production into the school curriculum and suggestions for involving your community at large.
    Prompt Book/Vocal Parts: Individual books containing the complete script and all vocal material.
    Piano-Vocal Score: Spiral-bound piano reduction with orchestral and dialogue cues, for use as an additional rehearsal tool.
    Sing-Along CD Set: 1-disc recording of professional vocalists singing the full score, to help your cast learn the songs.
    Choreography DVD: Video containing simple, effective dance steps and staging ideas for selected songs, with optional choreographer voice-over.

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    A Chorus Line: High School Edition is licenced EITHER with pre-recorded performance tracks, OR, if you prefer to use a live orchestra, you may rent the full orchestration below:

    1 x Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Alto Flute (or Clarinet), Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 x Reed II: Piccolo, Flute, Eb Clarinet (or Flute), Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 x Reed III: Oboe (or Clarinet), English Horn (or Clarinet), Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 x Reed IV: Flute (or Clarinet), Clarinet, Eb Contrabass Clarinet (or Bassoon), Bassoon & Baritone Saxophone

    2 x Trumpet I & II (both doubling Flugelhorn)
    1 x Trumpet III (doubling Flugelhorn)
    1 x Trombone I (tenor)
    1 x Trombone II (tenor)
    1 x Trombone III (bass)

    2 x Percussion I & II:
    (I) Mallet Instruments:
    Glockenspiel
    Vibraphone
    Xylophone
    Chimes
    Timpani (2 drums)
    Bongos (2)
    Congas (2)
    Triangle
    Small Triangle
    Wood Blocks (2)
    Gran Cassa
    Tom-Tom
    Tambourine
    Cowbell
    Maracas
    Cabasa
    Bell Plate
    Bell Tree

    (II) Trap Drums:
    Bass Drum
    Snare Drum
    Hi-Hat
    Cymbals
    Tom-Toms (3)
    Floor Tom
    Triangle
    Wood Block
    Cowbell

    1 x Keyboard I (multiple registrations; principally Piano)
    1 x Keyboard II (multiple registrations; principally Harp)
    1 x Keyboard III (multiple registrations; principally Strings)

    1 x Bass (Acoustic, Electric & Bass Guitar)

    Piano-Conductor's Score sent with rehearsal material.

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm
    Performance Tracks Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Two-Disc Set of Performance CD's

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm