Caption: L-R: Emily Chrzanowski, Laney McNamar, Alyssa Boldt and Luke Vreeman July 2019 Writer \/\/ Janelle Morrison Photography \/\/ Staff Rehearsals have been underway, and the cast and crew are preparing for opening night of \u201cA Chorus Line,\u201d presented by Civic Theatre\u2019s Young Artist Program (YAP), directed by the distinguished Emily Tzucker and choreographed by award-winning choreographer Anne Beck. \u201cA Chorus Line,\u201d an award-winning musical, was first produced in 1975. Set in NYC in the 1970s, \u201cA Chorus Line\u201d examines one day in the lives of a group of passionate dancers who are vying for a spot in the chorus line of a Broadway musical. YAP\u2019S production of \u201cA Chorus Line\u201d celebrates the \u201cunsung heroes of American Musical Theatre\u201d and is a celebration of the classic American musical itself. Rehearsal for "A Chorus Line" Carmel resident Emily Tzucker is on faculty at Ball State University in the Theater and Dance Department, where she teaches acting. She directed the Civic Theatre\u2019s production of \u201cTo Kill A Mockingbird\u201d at the beginning of the year. Tzucker shared what some of the challenges are directing this particular show. \u201cIt\u2019s a really famous show, so a lot of times you can have preconceived ideas about what it should be like,\u201d she said. \u201cSo, getting all of these guys to make the roles their own and not make them feel like they have to live up to anyone's expectations but do their best work I think for me is one of the biggest challenges.\u201d Tzucker added, \u201cIf you want to see a great production of \u201cA Chorus Line,\u201d then come and see this show. These kids are doing excellent, professional-level work, and I couldn\u2019t be prouder of them.\u201d Luke Vreeman will be a senior at CHS and is playing \u201cZach.\u201d He recently performed in CHS\u2019s production of \u201cAladdin and the Wonderful Lamp\u201d and YAP\u2019s production of \u201cRevue!\u201d He plans on pursuing a college degree in acting after graduation. \u201c\u2018Zach\u2019 likes to get his way, and he works a lot, but there are definitely some things with this character that I found easier than others to connect with,\u201d Vreeman shared. \u201cSome of the underlying negative parts of his character really anyone could relate to because they\u2019re things that we all do\u2014only they\u2019re amplified in this role. I like the softer moments that are part of his character too.\u201d The role of \u201cConnie Wong\u201d is played by Alyssa Boldt, an incoming senior at CHS. \u201c\u2018Connie\u2019 is a short Asian woman, and I feel that being an actor, I think it\u2019s really awesome that I am able to bring that ethnicity into the role. She is also an \u2018older\u2019 character, so it\u2019s been really interesting to be able to play this character who\u2019s in her 30s. It\u2019s allowed me to really jump outside of my comfort zone.\u201d CHS graduate Laney McNamar is playing \u201cCassie Ferguson.\u201d She will be attending Otterbein University, where she will pursue a BFA in musical theater, minoring in dance. \u201c\u2018Cassie\u2019 has been probably my most special role to date,\u201d McNamar shared. \u201cThe first time I ever saw \u2018A Chorus Line,\u2019 I instantly connected with Cassie. Just to see this woman in all bright red pouring her heart out on stage and this big dance number really inspired my passion. It has been a dream to play this role, and I never expected to be doing it now, but it\u2019s been an amazing experience, and it has been so awesome working with Anne learning this iconic dance number that I\u2019ve always wanted to do.\u201d Incoming junior at CHS Emily Chrzanowski shared what it\u2019s been like learning the role of Diana Morales. \u201cI feel very connected with this character because she just does not give up,\u201d Chrzanowski expressed. \u201cShe's a beautiful character that had a rough childhood, but no matter what, she followed her passion, and musical theater has been such an escape for me in everyday life. It truly is my passion. Most of my performances have been here at Civic. I was just in \u2018Newsies\u2019 as \u2018Les,\u2019 and I played \u2018Arvida\u2019 in the YAP\u2019s production of \u2018Guys and Dolls.\u2019 I\u2019ve played a wide range of ages, which has really expanded my mind and my abilities.\u201d Zionsville Community High School graduate Katelyn Soards is playing \u201cSheila Bryant.\u201d Soards will be attending Butler University this fall, majoring in arts administration. L-R: Hayden Elefante and Katelyn Soards \u201cI couldn't be more excited to be playing \u2018Sheila,\u2019 which I am thoroughly enjoying because I am nothing like the character,\u201d Soards exclaimed. \u201cSo, it's been fun to step outside of my comfort zone and kind of \u2018sass\u2019 it up on stage. The coolest part about the YAP experience is that it brings kids that love theater from all the local high schools together to put on a show, which makes for a really enjoyable process but a really enjoyable show as well. This is my fourth and last YAP production. Hayden and I were fortunate to have had Anne help direct our high school musical last fall, and we were both members of Zionsville\u2019s Royalaires.\u201d Playing the character who loves to make an entrance, \u201cBobby Mills\u201d is incoming senior at ZCHS Hayden Elefante. \u201cI am playing \u2018Bobby,\u2019 and the thing that makes me laugh about \u2018Bobby\u2019 is that he always likes to make an entrance and likes to entertain,\u201d Elefante said. \u201cHe's also the kind of a character who likes to reserve his heart because of all the experiences that he's had in past. He doesn't want to expose himself that much because he feels like he would be too vulnerable.\u201d When asked why he feels people should purchase tickets and come see \u201cA Chorus Line,\u201d Elefante thoughtfully replied, \u201cI think it's really important to support the YAP program in general because some students may not be as fortunate to have big sets and all that kind of stuff at their high school. It\u2019s kind of cool to have access to these luxuries and work with a preprofessional program where we can interact with other students from other schools, have fun and learn throughout the process.\u201d Purchase your tickets for \u201cA Chorus Line,\u201d which runs July 25\u201328, 2019, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m., by visiting thecenterpresents.org.