Posted: Thursday Feb 9, 2012
February 9, 2012
Saint Vincent College Players will present Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy, “Company,” at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College.
Colleen Reilly is the director, Thomas Octave is the music director, and Renata Marino is the choreographer.
“The show is a series of vignettes with some of the characters reappearing in various scenes,” Ms. Reilly explained. “The story centers on a character named Robert, or Bobby, who is a single, professional man living in New York City. The show begins with his 35th birthday and we meet ten of his friends, all married couples.”
“The story focuses on Bobby observing his friends’ marriages, interacting with them and trying to figure out why he himself isn’t married and what it would take for him to get married,” Ms. Reilly continued. “In addition to his married friends, we meet three of Bobby’s girlfriends. We see his relationships with them – the good, the bad and the problematic. I think that the show is very funny and very insightful about human relationships. Its underlying message is a really lovely one about the importance of commitment and self-sacrifice – being willing to get outside yourself and serve somebody else – the key to a good relationship, a happy marriage and a happy life in general.”
“The funny and poignant vignettes are tied together with some of the greatest songs Stephen Sondheim ever wrote,” Ms. Reilly noted. “These include Another Hundred People, The Ladies Who Lunch, and the show’s opening theme, Company.”
Written in the early 1970s, Company has never been performed on the Saint Vincent stage. “We’re setting it in the early 1970s but I think that, like many shows that deal with a specific time and place, it actually has universal implications,” she said.
Ms. Reilly commented that the show has a strong cast of 14 student actors and actresses, all of whom have large featured parts that allow them an opportunity to sing solo.
“Zac Rumski, who plays Robert, carries the heaviest load,” Ms. Reilly observed. “I have known him for nearly three years and it has been really wonderful to see him develop as an actor and singer. He is very talented and works very hard to develop that talent. He is doing a beautiful job in a challenging and stressful role.”
Mr. Rumski, a senior arts administration major from Pittsburgh (15210), is joined by Amanda Slowey, a freshman undecided major from Bethel Park, as Sarah; Brandon Snyder, a freshman biology major from Laughlintown, as Harry; Rona Gehring, a freshman music major from Robinson, as Susan; Alex Policicchio, a senior studio arts major from Johnstown, as Peter; Josh Gongaware, a junior psychology major from North Huntingdon, as Paul; Anna Steighner, a senior psychology major from Kittanning, as Amy; Danielle Byrne, a sophomore music performance major from Williamsport, as Jenny; Mark Harris, a freshman arts administration major from Belle Vernon, as David; Courtney Tolner, a senior art history major from Monessen, as Joanne; Bo Tokarski, a freshman natural science major from Pittsburgh (15216), as Larry; Lydia Gibson, a junior music performance major from Saint Marys, as Marta; Marla Crawford, a junior biology major from Valencia, as April; and Kara Laus, a freshman music major from Carnegie, as Kathy.
The director advised prospective theatre patrons that the show may not be suitable for young children because of the story’s adult themes and relationships.
General admission reservations are available in advance by contacting the box office at 724 805-2229. Tickets ($10) will also be available at the door on the day of performance.
Photo: Four Saint Vincent College Players rehearsing for Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy, Company, which opens at Saint Vincent on February 17 are, from left, Bo Tokarski, Brandon Snyder, Danielle Byrne and Lydia Gibson.
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