URBANA — Illinois Public Media will sponsor on Tuesday evening an online screening and discussion of a documentary made by a Champaign Central High School student about his school's controversial production of "A Chorus Line" in 2011.
The screening, open to everyone, will be at 7 p.m. To watch and/or participate in the discussion, visit will.illinois.edu and look for the link to the screening.
Anyone may watch the documentary, but those who want to chat about it afterward must sign in through Facebook or sign up at the screening link.
Molly Delaney, educational outreach coordinator at Illinois Public Media, said in a news release that WILL is eager to offer the documentary to the public via the new online screening tool OVEE. WILL-TV is one of two dozen PBS stations nationwide testing the tool.
For more information on the new social screening platform for PBS and local public TV programs, visit https://ovee.itvs.org/.
The online screening of the documentary gives WILL an opportunity to test the effectiveness of OVEE as well as the response of a high school audience to using OVEE, she said.
Matthew Brooks, a recent Central graduate, started making the documentary as an independent study project under the guidance of LaDonna Wilson, the school's theater director.
He filmed the production of "A Chorus Line," which she directed, from the first summer dance clinics for the cast to the theater troupe's performances of the musical at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival.
Brooks continued to work on the documentary after the independent study ended and created a 94-minute piece titled "Dance: Ten; Film, Three." He showed it in May during a public screening at the school.
After the WILL online screening, Brooks will answer questions online.
"It will be great to make the film available to a wider audience online," he said.
The school's production of "A Chorus Line" caused a flurry of letters to the editor in The News-Gazette, both for and against. Letter writers against basically thought the musical was too racy for high school.