Contemplate having a singular event in your life where you were under the microscope and having to make a life-altering decision. Consider auditioning for the role of a lifetime. That’s where Cassie, played by Pamela Gold, and Paul, played by David Rossetti, find themselves in Aurora Theatre’s production of A Chorus Line.
A curious paradigm has evolved with these two key performers. Over the years, both players have shared many of the same attitudes, insights and experiences as their characters.
Gold and Rossetti have extensive backgrounds in song and dance and significant acting experience. Both actors have paid the price of success and have earned recognition in their respective careers.
The synergy of these two provides insights into two actors struggling with their careers. As an audience, we get the opportunity to get inside the heads of Cassie and Paul as they prepare for that one big audition.
Gold emphasizes that her role “requires a multi-faceted approach to the role of Cassie to include dance, singing and the acting role itself.” She continues that this is “expected in the New York stage productions and often ‘pigeonholes’ promising actors due to the ‘taken for granted’ expectations of the New York producers.” These expectations often limit the acting abilities of these multi-faceted dancers and singers. “Opportunities in movies and television are almost blocked out by the ‘formula’ producers in New York theater,” she states.
For Gold, her greatest challenge isn’t the role she plays on stage, but the one she plays in real life. “Becoming a wife and mother gave me an eye-opening reality about stage life and the physical and mental demands of a wife and mother. I have tried to keep a balance between my acting careers,” she replies.
Gold goes on to mention that she is departing from acting to become a more involved mother and wife after years on the stage, and that this production is her last time to play the role of Cassie. She indicates that the next role would be “wife and mother of three” as she will be taking some time off to work in her children’s schools.
While Rossetti relates to his character Paul, he says “the great divide between my character and me is that I am far more outgoing and put myself out there for all to see.” He looks forward to the future while “Paul remains in the past.” Look for him to strut his stuff while on stage, not hesitating to show off his dancing and acting skills.
In addition, Rossetti has the responsibility of being the Dance Captain for the cast; which places double demand on his energy as he must not only monitor his dancing but also his cast mates.
After completing A Chorus Line, Rossetti mentions that he “would be taking on a choreography role at Brenau University near Gainesville, Ga.” He is proud of the Atlanta’s acting venues and hopeful that the love of theater will grow as Atlanta grows.
Gold agrees with his opinion of Atlanta theater, stating, “Atlanta theatre offers a broader range of roles than New York.” She goes on to comment, “acting to smaller audiences, like in the Atlanta area, brings a sense of closeness to the audience versus the often impersonal larger crowds of New York.”
This production should accomplish this atmosphere well. Anthony Rodriguez, Producing Artistic Director of Aurora Theatre, states, “I want the audience to feel what it is like to be a part of an actual audition.” He goes on to mention the scope of the production, “With a company of actors that is 10% of the capacity of your audience; this would be like seeing a show at the Fox Theatre with a cast of over 500.”
A Chorus Line plays at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville through September 4. For more information, please visit Aurora Theatre’s website or call 678-226-6222.
By Jim McGraw