FROM READERS: Fayette Area Community Theatre to present 'Company'

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 | 10:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:22 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Stephen Sondheim’s musical ‘Company’ will be presented by the Fayette Area Community Theater July 26-28.

Elisha Wells is is the vice president of Fayette Area Community Theatre.

Stephen Sondheim’s musical ‘Company’ will be presented by the Fayette Area Community Theater July 26-28.

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Director: John Wiggans lives in Paris, MO, and is a graduate of CMU in Fayette.

April: Lacey Eaton lives in Fayette, Adjunct professor of voice at CMU and voice teacher at Columbia Academy of Music, also performed in Into the Woods, The Mikado, and The Marriage of Figaro.

Paul: Craig Michael Cooper lives in Columbia, originally from Thayer, MO, an attorney at Faber and Brand, LLC, other productions - She Loves Me and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Marta: Samantha Williams lives in Fayette, will be a freshman at Stetson University in Florida, performed in the Diary of Anne Frank, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Gypsy.

Sarah: Brittany Losh lives in Fayette, attend CMU, performed in The Pirates of Penzance, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Larry: Dakota Gladbach lives in Fayette, recent CMU grad, performed in Present Laughter, Almost, Maine, The Foreigner.

Jenny: Lou Thompson lives in Fayette, retired, performed in Nunsense, Bye, Bye, Birdie, and Wizard of Oz.

Susan: Robin Henke lives in Boonville, works at Mizzou, performed in Love Notes, Middle of the Road.

Peter: Tom Arnold currently lives in Columbia, CMU grad, performed in The Mikado, Patience, and Trial by Jury.

David: Cord Harper lives in Fayette, works for Endeavor Agency, performed in Loves Anatomy, Starstruck Diner, and Gypsy.

Kathy: Susan Bishop lives in Fayette, attends CMU, performed in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Seussical the Musical and Bye, Bye Birdie.

Harry: Feyd Carr lives in Fayette.

Bobby: Steve Jones lives in Rocheport, grad of CMU, works in Columbia, lawyer.

Amy: Tracy Crowe-Jones lives in Rocheport, grad of CMU.

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The Tony Award winning musical presenting adult themes about marriage and relationships will be directed by John Wiggans. The unmarried main character, Bobby, played by Steve Jones, ponders the idea of marriage as he witnesses scenes from the relationships of his close friends.

Those couples are Larry and Joanne, played by Dakota Wayne Gladbach and Sheri Williams, Harry and Sarah, played by Feyd Carr and Brittany Losh, Peter and Susan, played by Tom Arnold and Robin Henke, David and Jenny, played by Cord Harper and Lou Thompson, and Paul and Amy, played by Craig M. Cooper and Tracy Crowe Jones.

As these couples give him advice and try to set him up throughout the play, Bobby also meets up with his previous girlfriends, Marta (Samantha Williams), April (Lacey Eaton), and Kathy (Susan Bishop), as he analyzes each woman and relationship.

'Company' opened on Broadway in April of 1970. When the musical opened the critics claimed it didn't look like any other show or it didn't feel like any other show.

The term “concept musical” was initiated with Harold Prince's direction. Forty years later, it has become a landmark musical with Sondheim's brilliant music and lyrics and the book by George Furth. Many musicals have followed in its footsteps but its seemingly plotless plot, its abstract set, and its vaudevillian format made it one of a kind in breaking new ground.

Sondheim went on the give us a series of wondrous musicals for the rest of the century, but 'Company' remained his break through musical in his rise to the top in musical theatre.

The musical will open in the Assembly Hall at Central Methodist University on Friday, July 26 at 7:30 P.M., a second performance on Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 P.M., and a matinee on Sunday, July 28 at 2:00 P.M.

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