NCHS drama program rehearses 'Sweet Charity'
Updated 12:40 pm, Saturday, January 28, 2012
New Canaan High School's drama program is working on its latest show, "Sweet Charity."
The group is working with a guest choreographer. Dancer, singer and actor Brian Knowlton is on hand to lead them through the rigorous dance moves of the musical.
Knowlton, a native of Portsmouth, N.H., brings a lot of experience to the NCHS team. He worked for a year and a half in the recent Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line" playing the part of Paul.
He was also in and out of national tours for "A Chorus Line" and was cast in National tours of "Oliver" as well. During his Broadway run in "A Chorus Line" he appeared with fellow actors on the 100th show special of "Dancing with the Stars."
Many of the drama students have worked with Knowlton since the Fall when he taught a number of Fosse workshops. Now with rehearsals in full swing for "Sweet Charity," the workshops are paying off. Bob Fosse was the choreographer of the original Broadway show and Knowlton helps them learn the magic of the Fosse style.
Knowlton said he hopes to teach them "the finesse and technique of the style that Fosse created" and get a feel for "Fosse's iconic moves." In his dance workshop he even taught the students some hip hop. Using a style familiar to the kids he felt he could show them that "Fosse, like hip hop, is really tight and small."
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The payoff for all the hard work is coming up in March.
"Sweet Charity" will run March 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.