CPHS grads reunite on stage in ‘A Chorus Line’ at Mankato State

Champlin Park High School alums, Leigh Jacobson and Brandon Lund will reunite on stage as they appear together “A Chorus Line” presented by Mankato State University’s Theatre & Dance Department Oct. 4-14.

Jacobsen will be playing Connie MacKenzie and Lund will portray the role of Paul SanMarco.

“A Chorus Line” is a musical-verite about a chorus audition for a musical production.  It tells of the poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies to land a job, and is a powerful metaphor for human aspiration.  It earned 12 Tony Award nominations and won nine of them, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Memorable songs include “I Can Do That,” “What I did for Love,” “One (Singular Sensation)” and “I Hope I Get It.”  It is the only show this season that Minnesota State Mankato has presented, doing it in 1995.

Lund is a sophomore BFA Musical Theatre candidate from Dayton who made his Minnesota State Mankato debut as “Fop IV” in The Phantom of the Opera.  He appeared last winter as “Benny Bee” in the children’s theatre touring production of Buzz.  At Champlain Park High School he appeared as “Cosmo Brown” in Singing in the Rain and “Antipholus of Ephesus” in A Comedy of Errors.

Jacobson is a first-year BFA Musical Theatre candidate making her Mankato State debut. While at CPHS, Jacobson appeared “Singin’ in the Rain” (Lina Lamont); “Sweeney Todd” (Johanna); and The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van De Graaff). She is a recipient of a 2012-13 Theatre Freshman Talent Grant.

The production is sponsored by HickoryTech Corporation and has performances in the Ted Paul Theatre. Individual tickets for “A Chorus Line” go on sale Sept. 17 by calling or stopping by the Theatre Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday.  Call 507-389-6661; visit MSUTheatre.com for more information.  Season subscriptions are on sale through Oct. 14.

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