Clarksville’s oldest professional theater is high-stepping into its 37th season of live entertainment with a concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition.

“A Chorus Line” opens at 8 tonight. In keeping with the theatre’s traditional pay-what-you-can opening night, all tickets not pre-sold at the regular price will go on sale at 7:30 p.m. for a $5 minimum donation.

Directed by Ryan Bowie and choreographed by Emily Rourke, “A Chorus Line” explores the inner lives and poignant ambitions of 17 professional Broadway dancers.

A complex fusion of song, dance and authentic 1970s drama, this Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning classic features songs like “What I Did for Love, “One,” “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror” and “I Hope I Get It.” 

The cast features Austin Peay State University theater professor Darren Michael as the director, Zach, and Melody Lieberman as his assistant, Laurie, along with 17 prospective cast members: Ryan Bowie, Shelby Brown, Jiovanni Daniel, Daniela Delahuerta, Maureen Duke, Ian Alexander Erbe, Bridgette Karl, Derik Lawson, Zach Letty, Riley McManus, Alexandra Milbrath, Caitie L. Moss, Emily Reeves, David Ridley, Emily Rourke, John Tupy and Elizabeth L. Worley.  

Performances run through Sept. 28, with shows at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, and at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

There will also be 2 p.m. matinees Sept. 21 and Sept. 28. 

Tickets are $30 (adults) and $15 (age 13 and younger) and may be reserved online at, by phone at 931-645-7699, or at the theater during regular box office hours (9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and one hour prior to curtain).

Military and Austin Peay State University students can receive two tickets for the price of one for Thursday performances.

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