GA Voice - - Out­spo­ken -

The show is a lot dif­fer­ent from the movie. It brings some high­lights from the film - you have your two or three big num­bers that peo­ple re­mem­ber - but it has more mu­sic and scenes. I think there are 20 ex­tra songs. It also opens up new re­la­tion­ships. We have a live band as well.

How does the time pe­riod play a role?

It deals with is­sues that were go­ing on dur­ing the time. The show takes place dur­ing the time Martin Luther King gave his speech. There is a mo­ment where the speech is go­ing on and some of the cast want to go see it. What I love is that we are all one and here to­gether. Hav­ing a di­verse cast here is

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so cru­cial to the show. The show is per­fect for re­mind­ing us what we don’t want to go back to. It’s im­por­tant to keep that di­ver­sity mov­ing for­ward.

It’s also about dirty danc­ing and not want­ing to be looked at as a rebel or out­cast. It can be hard to do your own thing, but even­tu­ally you have to live and en­joy your life

Chris, how did you be­come a part of the en­sem­ble?

For me, it was a long process. I started au­di­tion­ing for it six months ago and this is my fourth time. This style was right up my al­ley and after a while, here I am.

Why do you think the ma­te­rial is so iconic?

To brush up, I did watch the movie. It’s re­ally fun. I think it re­mains the force that it is be­cause it is so re­lat­able. Many peo­ple can re­late to Baby with peo­ple telling you “no” all the time and hav­ing to find the strength to per­se­vere.

Be­sides be­ing an en­sem­ble mem­ber, you go on some­times as the lead char­ac­ter Johnny. Tell us about him.

He is a tough guy but Baby touches him and he be­comes a more sen­si­tive and car­ing

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guy. He finds that there is more than be­ing a cool guy. Baby is dif­fer­ent than the women he has en­coun­tered. He tran­si­tions into a car­ing gen­tle­man. Johnny has to learn that not ev­ery­thing goes your way all the time. Some­times you have to roll with the punches.

“Dirty Danc­ing” is now a mu­si­cal and plays the Cobb En­ergy Cen­tre Nov. 25-27. (Cour­tesy pho­tos)

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