Tacoma Little Theatre continues its 103rd season with the much anticipated, A Chorus Line, conceived by Michael Bennett with direction and choreography by Eric Clausell, and musical direction by Jeff Bell.

From the pen of legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch, comes this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning singular sensation! Casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete, and for 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime and what they’ve worked their whole lives for. A Chorus Line brilliantly evokes both the glamour and grind of showbiz, and is the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line. The iconic score features such classics as “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Hope I Get It”, and more! With its celebration and true-to-life depiction of performers and their struggle to achieve greatness on the Broadway stage, A Chorus Line has earned unanimous praise as one of the true masterpieces of live theatre.

Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of A Chorus Line features: Heather Adams Arneson as Lara, Ian Bartlett as Mark, Haunz Stroschein as Gregory, Mallory Carbon as Judy, Richard Cubi as Mike, Loucas Curry as Richie, Roycen Daley as Paul, Emma Deloye as Maggie, Nick Fitzgerald as Bobby, Valentine Fry as Kristine, Melanie Gladstone as Val, Anna Herron as Vicky, Keola Holt as Diana, Devin Jackson as Ensemble, Danielle Locken as Sheila, Annelise Martin as Ensemble, Allen Melo as Ensemble, Derek Mesford as Don, Rebecca Nason as Ensemble, Micheal O’Hara as Zach, Alan Plaster as Ensemble, Whitney Shafer as Cassie, Natalie Silva as Bebe, Josh Wingerter as Al, and Thea Frances Yumang as Connie.

A Chorus Line will run Friday, March 11, through Sunday, April 3, 2022.  Friday and Saturday showings are at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.  A Chorus Line is recommended for ages 12 and up. 

Tickets are $29.00 (Adults), $27.00 (Seniors 60+/Students/Military), and $22.00 (Children 12 and under).  Tickets may be purchased online at www.tacomalittletheatre.com, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.  Group rates are available for 10 or more, and special FLEX passes for 6 are only $145.00.  TLT requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the door for all audience members and masks will also be required while inside the building.  For our full COVID-19 protocols please visit www.tacomalittletheatre.com/covid.

There will be a special “Pay What You Can” performance on Thursday, March 24, 2022.  Tickets for that performance are only available in person or over the phone.                                  

Scholarship awarded to Dance Theater NW Dancer

When she first started dancing, University Place’s Emma Young was just that, young.  Now, at age 18 and an honors graduate from both Curtis High School and Tacoma Community College, Emma has her sights set on Butler University’s prestigious dance program.

With a $20,000 a year renewing scholarship, Butler University in Indiana recognized the talent in Emma just as Melanie Kirk-Stauffer, Artistic Director of Dance Theater Northwest did nearly ten years ago.  According to Kirk-Stauffer, “I remember noticing how special Emma was when she was very young.  She came to the company warm up for a performance with a mature attitude, ready to work.  It didn’t seem to faze her that she was years younger and much smaller than the other dancers in the ensemble.”

Maybe when her mom, Paula Young, started her in dance classes at age 5 it was just something to keep her busy.  But that interest soon turned into passion.  When asked about her love of dance, Emma said “It’s hard to explain, but if things in my life get crazy, dance is always there.”  She added, “it is a constant in my life.”

As the oldest of three, Emma also taught youth classes at Dance Theater NW earning her Teaching Certification in 2019. Throughout her young life, Emma was the recipient of numerous ballet scholarships including several to the Joffrey ballet school in New York where she attended intense week-long programs.  Locally, Emma danced several leading roles including three seasons as Clara in the Nutcracker. 

During the four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at Butler, Emma will study ballet but also modern dance.  “I’m excited to keep dancing … and for a change of environment for my dancing,” Emma said. Emma aspires to dance with a company following her time at Butler.

Dance Theater NW is a 501c-3 non-profit that was founded in University Place, WA in 1987 with a mission to encourage and support young artists and everyone who has a passion for dance from age 4 to age 80.  To learn more about Dance Theater NW you can visit their website:  DTNW.org