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Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department opens Sondheim's Company Friday October 13

Published September 25, 2017

The Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department and Theatre League are pleased to present Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company. Join the cast of Company in simply "being alive" at Nazareth College October 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and October 15 and 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the Studio Theater A48 of the Nazareth College Arts Center.

Set in 1970, the musical centers on perpetual bachelor, Bobby, on the eve of his 35th birthday. With three "girlfriends," he is seemingly unable to commit in his romantic relationships, and spends the show examining, not only his own relationships, but the relationships of five married couples, all of whom happen to be his best friends. Differing from traditional "book" musicals, Company is considered the first "concept" musical, composed of a series of short vignettes with no apparent order.

Having directed the concert version of Carousel in 2016, Trey Compton returns to Nazareth College as director and choreographer of Company. Compton's numerous off-Broadway and regional credits include Yank! (associate director), White's Lies (associate director), City of Angels (director), and the New York premiere of Christopher Durang's Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge (director). Corrine Aquilina, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Musical Theatre at Nazareth College serves as Music Director.

"In this production we have set our lead protagonist, Bobby, as a photographer; an analogy for the activity as a constant observer," says Compton. "He's always behind the lens looking in and never in the foreground."

Debuting on Broadway in April 1970 with Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and Book by George Furth, Company earned a record-setting 14 Tony nominations, winning six, including Best Musical and Best Score. The 2006 Broadway revival took home the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.

Sondheim's groundbreaking musical continues to prove its relevance today, examining the intricacies of relationships, the institution of marriage, and how individuals continue to search for and discover themselves everyday.

TICKETS

General admission tickets to Company are $15, Seniors: $13 Students: $7.50 at the door with I.D. For tickets call - or visit - the Box Office: 585-389-2170 or order online: naz.edu/artscenter.

The Nazareth College Arts Center Box Office is located on campus at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm and 11am until curtain time on performance days.

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM

The musical's cast features Justin Smith (Bobby), Sara Hayward (Sarah), Demetrio Alomar (Harry), Abby Voss (Susan), Vinny Capluzzi (Peter), Abby Prem (Jenny), Maya Scheutz (David), Kaitie Buckert (Amy), Dylan Kastel (Paul), Isabella Bertoni (Joanne), Ian Patterson (Larry), Anna Kostakis (Marta), Cassidy Halpin (April, Dance Captain), and Regan Stacey (Kathy).

The Company design team consists of Allen Wright Shannon (scenic designer), Ted Shawe (sound designer), Emily Stork (lighting designer), Alex Anthony (technical director), and Yuanting Zhao (costume designer). Student creative team members are Janna Kozloski (associate director), Cassidy Halpin (dance captain), Nolan Todd (stage manager), Abby Swanson (assistant stage manager), Cassidy Smith (props master), and Lauren DePoint (assistant sound designer).

For More Information

Rita Mannelli: 585-389-2147 or rmannel5@naz.edu

Nazareth College's academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y. challenges and supports 2,000 undergrads and 800 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life's work.