From Nicholas Hytner, the acclaimed director of ' 'The Madness of King George," "The Crucible" and "The Object of My Affection," and Academy Award®-nominated producer Laurence Mark ("Jerry Maguire," " As Good As It Gets"), comes "Center Stage," a drama with heart and energy that follows the hopes and dreams of a tight-knit group of young dance students as they try to make a name for themselves and become stars in the fiercely competitive world of professional dance.
Vibrant and supremely gifted, they are students who devote themselves to their art, sacrificing ordinary pleasures of life to train with the rigor of Olympic athletes. While experiencing the normal joys and, sorrows, loves and conflicts of youth, they vie for a place in an ultra-selective professional dance company. Featuring a diverse musical palette-from Tchaikovsky to Jamiroquai-"Center Stage" traces the story of these fresh-faced, talented friends as they strive to take their place center stage.
"Center Stage" is a Columbia Pictures presentation directed by Nicholas Hytner and produced by Laurence Mark. Ruth Myers, Academy Award® nominee for "Emma," is costume designer and Caroline Baron is co-producer. George Fenton, Oscar® nominee for "Gandhi" who has written the score for all of Hytner's films, is the composer; Tariq Anwar, an Academy Award® nominee for this year's hit" American Beauty," is editor. David Gropman (a 2000 Oscar® nominee for "The Cider House Rules") is production designer and Geoffrey Simpson ("Shine," "Little Women") is the director of photography.
The film introduces a talented ensemble of young performers, including Amanda Schull, Zoë Saldana, Susan May Pratt, Ethan Stiefel, Sascha Radetsky, Ilia Kulik, Eion Bailey and Shakiem Evans in addition to stage and screen veterans Peter Gallagher, Debra Monk and Donna Murphy.