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Company, Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical about love and friendships, will be performed at Colby College February 6 through 8 and 12 through 14. The musical is part of the college’s 2003-04 Theater and Dance season. Performances will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Strider Theater of Runnals Building on the Waterville campus. Admission is charged.
Company, with music and lyrics by Sondheim and book by George Furth, revolutionized Broadway in 1970 by introducing the “concept musical.” Its plot centers on Robert (Canaan Morse ’07 of Manchester, Maine) who has a problem with commitment. He’s dating a lot of nice people–New York is full of them–but all his married friends want to see him march to the altar. Company reveals Robert’s inner thoughts as he tries to make sense of the friendships and romances in his life. The musical contains such classic Sondheim compositions as “Side by Side by Side,” “Ladies Who Lunch,” “Sorry-Grateful” and “Company.”
The production is a collaboration between Colby’s Department of Theater and Dance and Department of Music. Colby’s cast of 20 includes Maine seniors Aimée Jack (Lewiston), Chrissy Jones (Freeport), Greg Cary (Cumberland) and Rachel Tobie (Mount Vernon) and an orchestra of 10 student instrumentalists, with Colby alumnus Eric Laurits ’02 on baritone saxophone.
Laura Chakravarty Box, assistant professor of theater and dance, directs Company and Paul Machlin, the Arnold Bernhard Professor of Arts and Humanities, provides musical direction. Actors, orchestra members, student designers and crew members developed the production in an intensive four-week workshop during Colby’s January Program. Company is intended for teen and adult audiences.
General admission is $3; students and seniors are $2. For ticket information call the box office at 207-872-3358 between 5 and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Or call 207-872-3388 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on upcoming productions visit the Theater and Dance Web site at www.colby.edu/theater.