Pioneer Players to present musical comedy 'Company'

April 2, 2015
Company Cast

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Department of Performing and Visual Arts-Theatre and Pioneer Players will continue its 2014-15 production season with Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”

Performances are Wednesday, April 8 at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 9 through Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall.

According to the production’s director, Dr. Ann Dillon Farrelly, associate professor of theatre at UW-Platteville, the story in this musical comedy revolves around Bobby – a single man with commitment issues – the five married couples who are his best friends and his three girlfriends. Unlike most book musicals, which follow a clearly delineated plot, “Company” is a concept musical composed of short vignettes, linked by a celebration for Bobby’s 35th birthday. This adult-themed musical includes hits, such as “Being Alive,” “Ladies Who Lunch,” and “Side by Side by Side.”

“Sondheim always provides us all with a challenge, but it is always worth the effort,” said Farrelly. “This musical is fun and funny, but it is also poignant and thoughtful. Ultimately, it’s about opening yourself to love’s possibilities, which can be both terrifying and wonderful at the same time.”

The cast includes Kyle James as Robert; Cody Wisman and Sarah McCraw as Harry and Sarah; Noah Thomas and Sara Mueller as Larry and Joanne; Elliott Frieden and Chirissa Zirbel as David and Jenny; Gwendolyn Haag and Ross Spadaro as Amy and Paul; Joshua Rudesill and Hailey Bradshaw as Peter and Susan; and Savannah Bettin, Megan King and Sandra Polakowski as April, Marta and Kathy. Joining Farrelly are UW-Platteville’s Dr. Susan Savage Day, musical direction; Connie SaLoutos Furlan, choreography; Jeffrey Strange, scenic design; Sarah Strange, costume design; and Danny McMullen, a theatre major graduating in May, lighting design. 

Tickets for the production are $11 for general admission, $10 for faculty/staff/seniors, and $6 for students. For tickets and information, contact the University Box Office at 608-342-1298 or online at tickets.uwplatt.edu.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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