June 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 2020

 

Company
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by
George Furth

Directed by Preston Dodd

 

SYNOPSIS

A 1970 musical comedy revolving around Robert (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Company is a concept musical composed of short vignettes, presented in no particular chronological order, linked by a celebration for Robert's 35th birthday.

'Company'' is not a play with a story line as much as it is a bitter-sweet musical essay about marriage While ''Company'' is extremely romantic, it is not a fantasy. The show's power comes from the fact that the various marriages are shown with all of the pain, the compromises and the sheer hard work that it takes to keep them going. These are people who fight, who drink too much, who plan divorces and who struggle on a day-to-day basis. Yet, in spite of all the problems faced by the couples ''Company'' portrays, the show makes the statement that the end result of all the effort is worth it.

 

MEET THE DIRECTOR

Preston Dodd is a first-time director at Theatre in the Park.  He has directed for MASS MEDIA, local community company in Springfield, IL.  Preston has worked on production staff for numerous plays at Theatre in the Park.  He knows the process and we look forward to hosting his production.

 

PRODUCTION STAFF:

Assistant Director:  Amy Chase

Vocal Director:  Roy Lowery

Stage Manager:  Adam Reisch

Set Design & Construction:  Michael Chase

Costumes:  Katie Bulava

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS - Accepting actors over the age of 17 only - thank you.

Cast Size: Medium 20

Cast Type: Ensemble Cast

Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

 

Robert

The story's protagonist, he is a keen observer who appears happy but holds pain in his heart. He is the only one of his friends still single. Terrified of marriage and fears a lifelong loneliness.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 35

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: G3

 

Sarah

Harry's hyper critical wife. She is an avid learner of karate and tends to overeat. Open, accepting, and full of love.

Gender: Female

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Harry

Sarah's husband. He is a recovering alcoholic continually falling off the wagon. Believes the advantages of marriage outweigh the disadvantages.

Gender: Male

Age: 35 to 45

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Susan

A delicate southern belle. Peter's wife and ex-wife. Motherly in her affections towards Robert.

Gender: Female

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Peter

Susan's husband. The perfect husband and ex-husband. He is very liberal in his view of relationships.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: B3

 

Jenny

Quietly manipulative, simultaneously square and wise. Loves her husband, David, and will indulge him from time to time.

Gender: Female

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

David

Jenny's husband, he is relaxed and always in control. Believes a man should be married and that the sacrifice of freedom is worth what you get in return.

Gender: Male, Age: 30 to 40, Vocal Range Top: A5 Bottom: B3

 

Amy

A frantic neurotic engaged to Paul but terrified of marriage. After a mental breakdown, she finally realizes that Paul is, in fact, her soulmate.

Gender: Female

Age: 25 to 35

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: G3

 

Paul

Amy's fiancé. Mildly clingy, but patient to her neurotic nature. He is fully committed to the idea of marriage and encourages Robert to do the same.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: B3

 

Joanne

Acerbic, demanding, and blunt. Too old to be part of the young crowd, but not old enough to be part of the older crowd. Puts on a brassy front that melts when she is alone with her husband.

Gender: Female

Age: 40 to 50

Vocal range top: B5

Vocal range bottom: G3

 

Larry

Joanne's husband. He is stoic and centered, but has moments of goofiness. Indulges his wife's behavior but knows when to put his foot down.

Gender: Male

Age: 45 to 55

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: B3

 

Marta

A girlfriend of Robert's. Intensely modern, who is seeking adventure and excitement in the City.

Gender: Female

Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Kathy

An old girlfriend of Robert's, who is now considered a good friend. She plans to leave the City for a life of domesticity. Sweet and loving.

Gender: Female

Age: 25 to 35

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

April

A girlfriend of Robert's. She is a flight attendant who came to New York to live in Radio City. Ditzy and adorable.

Gender: Female

Age: 25 to 35

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Vocal Minority

An on stage SATB chorus that can fill parts that are normally doubled, and help move set pieces as needed.