Revolving around universal issues (failure, judgment, and rejection), the young performers of the WTA are able to tackle and embrace the adult themes and characters of the musical head on. Emily MacIntyre, the Director of Education for the MACC, says, “Two major musical numbers deal with a look-back at adolescence from an adult’s perspective. These students are actively living and breathing these issues every day. Our students are able to embrace the emotional depth of the adult characters of this show through the lens of current adolescent.” Talented students ranging from 12 to 18 years old take to the stage to showcase their ability to tell the story of Broadway hopefuls with lofty dreams and achy hearts–and they do so brilliantly.
On top of the challenging themes, A Chorus Line successfully strips away the glitz and glam of Broadway life. The musical sheds light on, as Ms. MacIntyre says, “the fact that performers are real people, with real struggles, real broken hearts, and gigantic dreams that may never come to fruition.” While raw and transparent throughout, A Chorus Line manages to evoke a strong sense of hope and instills the timeless notion of love. Love for your friends and family, love for your career, and most importantly, love for yourself.