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A Singular Sensation: Staples Players Performs A Chorus Line


I saw A Chorus Line on Broadway sometime before I was ten. All I can remember was that the girl that kept screaming “tits” had grown up in Westport, and that the production was pretty good.

When watching the Staples Players production of A Chorus Line, I can honestly say that I felt as if I was once again in a seat at a Broadway stage.

Maybe this is because I am a sucker for well choreographed and performed group dances, but the crowd’s immediate standing ovation during “One Singular Sensation” can confirm that I was not alone in my awe.

“The audience clearly loved the show with the never ending applause after every number…specifically the ‘Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love’ montage,” added former Staples Player Greg Langstine ’12.

Many of my peers have never exhibited such complex dancing skills, and watching them take on this new role was intriguing, to say the least. This performance used the choreography from the original show, yet the students did not fail to master it. Two days later and I am still reminiscing on the high kicks, dozens of twirls, and great leaps.

Some may have been skeptical coming into the show – how could these teenage kids sound believable when telling complex and foreign life stories? Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the acting in the show was the “realness” of the characters. Each and every character down the line was a real person.

“It wasn’t something that came in the first rehearsal,” said Maddy Rozynek ’14, who plays Bebe Benzenheimer. “Something that Mr. Roth and Kerry really pushed us to do was to incorporate aspects of ourselves into our characters.”

Well, whatever they did, worked because I nearly cried upon hearing many of their heartfelt stories.

Many performers confirmed that they had been running the entire show everyday for over two weeks, but the thrill of performing the show in front of a live audience changes everything. I can imagine that the long pauses for overwhelming applause and the constant roar of laughter would change how the actors felt.

“We were able to feed off of the audiences energy and it brought the show to a whole new level,” said Will Haskell ’14 who plays Mark Anthony.

Although it may be cheesy, just as Diana Morales sings, “the gift was ours to borrow,” the audience’s borrowed gift was watching such organic characters sing, dance, act, and come to life in a beautiful two hour long beautiful chaos.

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Rachel Labarre, Managing Editor
She trades her pointe shoes in for her spiral notebook.  Her dance classes for journalism classes.  Her spot at the front of the stage for her position on the Inklings staff. Rachel Labarre '14 has the unique ability to allow the creativity and passion she has in the dance studio to influence her writing style and work ethic. This work ethic is what gives Labarre the edge it takes to hold one of the most prestigious spots on the Inklings staff: Managing Editor. But what got her there? Labarre’s first claim to fame was her dance career, but there was one thing holding her back. “On top of the problems with my feet that I already had, I broke my foot during dress rehearsal for our big recital,” Labarre said. This forced Labarre to cut back on dance classes the following year.  All the energy and creativity that was once put into nailing a routine needed an outlet.  She found this outlet through writing for Inklings. Labarre landed a job as an editor her sophomore year.  She then went from Editor of Arts and Entertainment to Features Editor.  Labarre’s inventiveness has allowed her to climb the steps to the top of Inklings. “When you write there’s a certain part that requires creativity; whether it’s getting a good angle or keeping your readers engaged.  You have to do the same in dance; whether it’s perfecting the choreography or figuring out what will look the most atheistically pleasing” Labarre  said.  She was able to prove this ability in her article on the Sandy Hook shooting, which got over 50,000 hits.  This passion for the arts and creativity has not only led LaBarre to success on the stage, but in the classroom as well.  

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