Must See: PVPA presents ‘A Chorus Line’

  • Brayden Stallman, front, who plays “Bobby” in Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School’s rendition of “A Chorus Line,” during a rehearsal. In the background, from left to right, are Carina Gravante-Gunnells, Tom Greto, Caroline Gurek and Esther Sokoloff-Rubin. PVPA kicks off their performances of the musicial this Friday. PHOTO COURTESY LISA CAPPELLO

For The Recorder
Friday, January 26, 2018

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School is setting the stage for its rendition of the groundbreaking musical “A Chorus Line.” The show will be presented as PVPA’s annual flagship musical for two weekends — Jan. 26 and 27, and February 2 and 3.

With more than 6,000 performances during a 25-year run, “A Chorus Line” is one of the most enduring and popular Broadway musicals of our time.

Director Michael Arquilla says the show is shaping up to be one of the most promising productions in the school’s history.

“Our students have spent four months mastering this piece and I couldn’t be more excited to open. I’ve never been a part of a production where dance, music and story has been so keenly integrated and polished,” he said. “‘A Chorus Line’ was the first musical I fell in love with, and I’m so grateful to be working with such a dedicated creative team and hard-working cast and crew for my first production of it.”

“A Chorus Line” is presented by arrangement with Tams-Whitmark Music Libraries Inc., with musical direction by Frank Newton and choreography restaged by Felice Santorelli

All shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door as well as online at: www.pvpa.org. $15 general admission, $10 seniors and military, $7 students and PVPA alumni.

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School is at 15 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley.