Daniel A. Cozzens ’03, president of the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club, said such high expectations for ticket sales were entirely unprecedented but was nonetheless optimistic about its success.
“I would say that it probably could be done, and, if they pull it off, it would be really cool,” he said.
Rubins, who produced the Freshman Musical last year, said the new theater group aims to establish a strong link between the arts and public service.
She said the groups intends to donate the proceeds from the musical to a Boston charity whose focus is helping disadvantaged youth.
“The idea behind this group is that theater can and should be a force for positive change in society and that musicals in particular have a unique power to inspire people to reconnect with their communities,” Rubins said.
Rubins claimed inspiration from participating in both theater and public service programs last year.
“I saw a New England Conservatory production of Chicago and I fell in love with [the musical] and I resolved to put on a production of [it] at Harvard,” she said. “Then...I saw [Governor] Jane Swift speak about public service and it just hit me that I could combine the two.”
Rubins said STAGE intends to seek corporate funding and grants in order to support the project and hire professional consultants who could properly publicize the event throughout the Boston area.
“I feel that a lot of Harvard shows are disadvantaged in that they limit their audience to the walls of the Yard,” she said.
Currently Rubins said she envisions the stage being set up past the endzone of the football field. Seating would be limited to the U-shaped bend at the closed end of the Stadium.
E. Peyton Sherwood ’04, an experienced member of the technical theater community, reserved judgement on the feasibility of the project.
“There are all sorts of technical problems concerning acoustics and lighting, among other things, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done,” he said.
Matthew J. Corriel ’05, Chicago’s music director, expressed some trepidation about the success of the show but said he was determined to treat it no differently than any other show.
“It’s just a standard show in an exciting new space,” he said.
Assuming the success of this year’s production, the group plans to put on one major musical every spring.
—Staff writer Steven N. Jacobs can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.