5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche Bios/Director’s Notes

Welcome to the Susan B. Anthony Society of the Sisters of Gertrude Stein

Julianna Boulter Blake-VERONICA “VERN” SCHULTZ

Julianna Boulter Blake is thrilled to be working with such a wonderful cast and crew, Julianna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Utah Valley University and has a love for singing, playing the piano, and composing. While music may be her first love, theatre also holds a special place in her heart. She has enjoyed acting for many years, and is heavily involved with The Echo Theatre in Provo–a venue she founded with her husband. Some of her recent acting roles include Susannah Cibber in Joyful Noise and The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods. When Julianna is not working on creative endeavors, she goes to her awesome day job at Property Solutions. Julianna is also blessed with wonderful friends and family, and she’d like to thank them for their support. She would especially like to thank her husband Jeff for encouraging her to continue to develop her talents.

Mandi Titcomb-GINNY CADBURY

Mandi Titcomb is a recent graduate of Westminster College with her BFA in Theatre Arts. She was last seen in the chorus of Salt Lake Greek Festival’s Hecuba. Some of her favorite roles include Signora Nacarelli (The Light in the Piazza), Emily Brent (And Then There Were None), Carmen Bernstein (Curtains), Poppy (Noises Off!), Mistress Page (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Theo (The Ride Down Mount Morgan), Henry (Henry V), and as Creator/Actor of Westminster’s verbatim theatre show, Speaking Your Piece: A Mosaic of Survival.

Michelle Linn Hall- WREN ROBIN

Michelle Linn Hall (Wren Robin) is thrilled to be working with Silver Summit Theatre for the first time. Theatre teacher by day and actress by night, Michelle has graced the stages of Utah for more than twenty years. Some of her favorite roles include ‘Jean’ in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, ‘Linda Swan’ in Cash on Delivery, ‘Crystal’ in Ghost of a Chance, and ‘Edna Louise’ in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. She is thrilled to be part of such an extraordinary production. Much thanks to the cast and crew, and to her endlessly supportive family.

Karli Rose Lowry- DALE PRIST

Karli is so happy to have her quiche on display along with all of these talented lesbians. She is a Salt Lake City native and studied musical theatre at the University of Utah, under the direction of Denny Berry. Some of her favorite roles include: Woman (35 MM/Good Company Theatre), Squeaky Fromme (Assassins/Dark Horse Theatre Co.), Maureen (Rent/Utah Rep), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd/U of U), Crissy (Hair/U of U) and Mazeppa (Gypsy/Dark Horse Theatre Co.). Karli would like to shout out to her main squeezes and her family that have supported her creative endeavors (#1). “The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.” – Emma Goldman

Julie Silvestro Waite- LULIE STANWYCK

Julie has a BA in Musical Theatre from Weber State University, and has worked as a director, music director, pit conductor, and performer for many theaters in Utah and in the DC area, where she is from. Favorite roles include Reno Sweeney, Dolly Levi, Aunt Abby, The Witch, Trix, Mrs. Gibbs, Rose, Hodel, Mrs. Baskin, Meg Boyd, Margery Pinchwife, and Cinderella. Can you name the shows?

Director’s Notes from Dave Hanson:

A great title is one that makes you immediately pass over twenty others with a newfound need to see what that short collection of words really has to offer. Regardless of anything else, you’re anxious to see who these lesbians are, and what that has to do with a tasty breakfast dish. You crack open the pages with a wide range of unrealized expectations to find that, unlike other great titles that have fooled you in the past, the content of this new treat is full and rich. The warm and delicious dialogue is equal to the golden title that makes up its crust. All of the ingredients are balanced with just the right complimentary flavors of humor, emotion and poignancy….OK, enough with the bad metaphor. It’s just making me hungry.

The story of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, though told through somewhat absurdist-colored glasses, is one of repeated social meaning. Our own story as a society has overflowed with those who, at times, lacked a fully recognized identity. Issues of discrimination in the name of race, religion, gender, class, sexual orientation, politics, or anything that engenders a poisonous “Us vs. Them” mentality, rest as blemishes in our societal makeup. But, even though they are blemishes, it’s worth looking back and seeing them as examples of human resilience and lessons to shape our current story. We fought through (and continue to fight with) racism, gender equality, LGBTQ rights and many other unnecessary differences. These ladies, wrapped in a post WWII era that sought to once again reduce their importance once the men came home from war, show us the fight to find their identity in a society that wants to limit it. In some respects, it’s the injustices of the past, and our victories in challenging them, that allow us to look back and remember that the fight is always worth fighting, and we should all be afforded a full and meaningful identity. In some small part, our five lesbians allow us a moment to do just that.

But let’s not forget that tonight is also about humor, innuendo and the absurd. Relax, and enjoy the company. You may find yourself laughing, crying and feeling the comradery. Embrace it. After all, you are the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. You are just as much a part of our story as anything else. Tonight we are all one. Tonight we stand together for justice and hilarity. Tonight, you may just find that there’s a lesbian inside each and every one of you!

There’s really not a good way to say that, is there? Welcome to the 1956 Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein Quiche Breakfast!

Meet the COMPANY- Cast & Crew Bios

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Natalie Easter – headshot

Natalie Easter is an active performer and musician throughout the United States and Italy. Her vocal prowess covers opera, art song, oratorio, and musical theater. She holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the University of Kansas, where she was fortunate to work with mezzo-soprano, Joyce Castle. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance, as well as a Theatre minor from the University of Utah. Performance highlights include: Hänsel in Hänsel & Gretel (Utah Lyric Opera), Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music(Pine Mountain Music Festival), Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Seagle Music Colony, University of Kansas), Charlotte in Werther (University of Kansas), Meg in Little Women (University of Utah), April in The Cabaret Girl (Ohio Light Opera), Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor (La Musica Lirica), and Lady Larken in Once Upon A Mattress (Sugar Factory Playhouse). She is thrilled to perform the role of Jenny in Silver Summer Theatre’s production of Company.

Lindsay Bateman (SUSAN)

Lindsay is thrilled to be working, for her first time, with Silver Summit Theatre Company! She is so pleased to be working with such a talented cast of individuals. Lindsay graduated with her AFA degree in Musical Theatre from Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs. She has been involved in theatre her whole life, first appearing onstage in a dance concert at 3 months old. However, she never gained her passion for it until high school. Some of her favorite roles include the Title role in Elton John’s Aida, Muriel in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Sonia in Godspell. She has also appeared as part of the Octet twice in Hale Centre Theatre’s A Christmas Carol. When she is not on stage she loves hanging around with her husband watching copious amounts of movies, playing with their cats, and most importantly building a legacy for their future family. “This has been one of the most fantastic journeys through life. Theatre gives anyone the ability to learn so much about the world around them, but most importantly, themselves. I couldn’t have started this journey without my mother. I also want to thank Joseph, for carrying my heart and always being there for me.

Eve Speer (SARAH)

Eve Speer (Sarah) is an avid karate master. She is currently working towards her paisley belt and can shred a piece of paper with her bare hands. Favorite roles include: Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Be the Bard; Philotisin �?Tis Pity She’s a Whore at the American Shakespeare Center; Lady Macbeth, Hermione in The Winter’s Tale with Maryland Shakespeare Festival; Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at Midvale Main Street Theatre, Mandy in Not the Messiah at The Grand, and Mae in Reefer Madness at the Egyptian with Darkhorse Company Theatre. She holds an MFA in Shakespeare and Renaissance Lit in Performance and a BFA in Acting. She is currently directingTwelfth Night at the Echo Theatre in Provo. As a 30 something single lady with a slew of crazy married friends, this show kinda sorta speaks to her. She is working with Mr. Sondheim on a sequel to Company entitled Is Being Alive Really Worth Giving Up My Valuable Netflix Time? or Isn’t Having a Dog Enough?

Brandon Rufener (HARRY)

Brandon most recently appeared in a stunning evening gown as Mrs. Betty Parkinson in Monty Python’s Not the Messiah at the Grand Theater. Other favorite roles include Poor Husband in A Christmas Carol, Albert in Bye Bye Birdie, Professor Bhaer in Little Women and JP Morgan in Ragtime. Thank you to MDGGBASLMC for all your support, and thank you especially to K and S for being the best reason ever for hurrying home after rehearsal

Ali Bennett (AMY)

Ali Bennett (Amy) is excited to be a part of one of her favorite shows. Ali is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She has been seen at many theatres in the area including: Egyptian Theatre Co., Salt Lake Acting Co., Pioneer Co., Hale Center Theatre Orem, Hale Center Theatre WVC, and The Grand Theatre. Some of her favorite credits include: Into the Woods (Little Red), The Wedding Singer (Julia), Brigadoon (Meg), Ragtime (Evelyn), Xanadu (Calliope), and The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou). She would like to thank Jon and the Girls for all their love and support and all of the babysitters that took care of our new addition Ben

Bryan Mikele Daley (DAVID)

Meet Bryan Dayley! He plays the role of David in COMPANY. Bryan is a man of few words when it comes to talking about himself, his experience, and his accomplishments. Favorite roles include “Charlie” in The Foreigner (Hale Centre Theatre), and “Dr. Einstein” in Arsenic and Old Lace (Hale Centre Theare). He can also be seen on GeekTyrant.com where he works as a writer for Geek Tyrant VS. He is very excited to be working with SSTC for the first time and he wishes to express a sincere thank you to all of his friends, family, and future acquaintances (you know who you are…or will)

Mason Holmstead (PAUL

Mason is very excited to be performing in one of his favorite shows of all time! Mason is a Musical Theatre major at the University of Utah (Class of 2017), and brings a ton of energy and enthusiasm to his role. Some of his favorite roles include Judge Turpin from SWEENY TODD and Young Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Hale Centre Theater. When he isn’t onstage, he is spending time with his friends and family, directing at Lehi High School, and living life to the fullest. Mason would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank his family and Mindy for their never ending support as he pursues his passion.

Rick Rea (ROBERT/BOBBY)

Rick has worked in Utah theater for several years as a director, choreographer, music director, and actor. He holds a B.A. from Weber State University in Musical Theatre and is the Artistic Director of Ziegfeld Theater Company in Ogden. Recent directing credits: Avenue Q (regional premiere), Road Show (regional premiere), The Producers, Next to Normal, Into the Woods. Recent acting credits: Anything Goes (Moonface), Xanadu (Danny), Tartuffe (Orgon). Rick shared with us how grateful he is to his family, the Ziggy’s (you know who you are), and most of all to my teachers: Neal, for inspiring me; Tracy, for challenging me; and Jim, for crafting me. Come see Rick as Robert. We think you’ll appreciate his “Marry Me a Little” and his “Being Alive” quite a lot. We’ll try to get a snippet of that posted soon.

Ricky Parkinson (PETER)

Ricky has performed in musicals at Centerpoint Legacy Theater, Hale Centre Theater in West Valley and Orem, Egyptian Theater in Park City. other recent eclectic performances include soloist for the Faure Requiem at St. Paul’s Episcopal church, performances with Utopia Early Music, and co-director of Consortium Men’s Ensemble. he also plays architect during the day.

Brian Gardner (LARRY)

Brian is thrilled to be in this beautiful show. Past credits include Shrek in “Shrek: The Musical”, Leaf Coneybear in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast”, Barksdale in “The Civil War”, Ozzy in “The Scarlet Pimpernel”, Mr. Green in “Clue” and Pharoah in “Joseph…..”. Music and theatre have been a huge influence in Brian‘s life, playing violin, viola, and piano from age 7. “Love and thanks to my amazing parents, as well as my fiancé, Derek for letting me jump into this show. Je t’aime!”

Natalia Noble (MARTA)

This is Natalia’s first show with Silver Summit Theater; she has loved every minute. A Graduate of Westminster College who is still trying to figure-out exactly “What do you do with a BA in English?”, her prior favorites shows include: “Into the Woods” (Jack’s Mom) “Reefer Madness” (Mary Lane) “Avenue Q” (Kate Monster) “Taming of the Shrew” (Tranio) “Victor/Victoria” (Victoria) “Macbeth” (Lady Macbeth) “Thoroughly Modern Mille” (Millie) “Dancing at Lughnasa” (Rose) “Steel Magnolias” (Shelby) “Urine Town” (Hope) “Annie Get Your Gun” (Annie) “Peter Pan” (Peter) “Annie” (Annie). She sincerely thanks all who have come today for your support of Silver Summit Theater – enjoy the show!

Rachel Shull (KATHY)

Rachel is finishing up a spree of the most theater she’s crammed into one year than she’s ever done. She’s been doing Light in the Piazza in Ogden, My Fair Lady in Park City, and She Loves Me in West Valley to name a few. She misses her native land of Montana, but stays in UT for all the opportunities Big Sky Country just doesn’t have. If you’re still reading here’s a joke: What’s red and smells like blue paint?….Red paint. Enjoy the Show.

Heather Walsh Shelley (APRIL)

Heather is pleased to work with such a great cast. This is her first show with Silver Summit, but you may have seen her elsewhere as she has appeared in a number of local theaters including Hale West Valley, Capitol Theater, Utah Opera, The Grand, and others. Before settling down in Utah she performed in China, in a variety of venues including mainly opera, musical theater, and film. She holds an associate’s degree in Performing Arts, a BA in English, and a master’s degree in Linguistics. She has studied seven languages, and now splits her time between taking care of her two boys and teaching English and Arabic. She would like to send her love and gratitude to Eric for supporting her performing addiction.

Marcie Jacobsen (JOANNE)

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Kate Rufener- Director

Kate Rufener has directed shows in Utah, Indiana, Tennessee, and Florida. Her directing credits include Into the Woods, Superman: the Musical, The Princess Bride, Small Courage, Heidi, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Monty Python’s Not the Messiah, Cinderella, and Brigadoon. Her favorite acting credits include The Drowsy Chaperone, Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and A Christmas Carol. Kate would like to dedicate her work on this show to those who ‘crowd her with love’ – Brandon, Sullivan, L, K, M, B, A, M, D, G, H, N, T, S, C, and E. Special thanks to Michele, Anne, Jamie, and Julie

Anne Puzey- Music Director & Show Pianist

Anne has been Music Director for productions at Hale Centre Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Wasatch TheatreCompany, Parable Productions, Westminster College, The Egyptian Theatre Company, Dark Horse, Silver Summit Theatre Company, The Children’s Theatre and Utah Repertory Theater Company. Her formal training was at Brigham Young University, and she has been the choral director at Bennion Junior High for 25 years. Anne has worked with Merrill Osmond, Jill Santoriello, Will Swenson, Jason Robert Brown, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jason Danieley, Marin Mazzie, Jeff Whiting and Pacek & Paul. She did audition accompaniment for Big League Productions in New York City, stage managed auditions for The Marius Company and was a vocal coach for Utah Opera and Symphony. Anne is part-owner of Audition Advantage.

Julie Mylan Simonich- Stage Manager

Julie Mylan Simonich has been working with Silver Summit Theatre Company for over 2 years now. She co-stage managed Dog Sees God and was the stage manager for 33 Variations. Julie recently won 1st place in the 2014 Pilling Chili Cookoff. At times she gets on the stage; her most recent role was in The Pavilion as Narrarator. She is very excited to be working with such a talented, amazing group of people

Jamie S’ua- Assistant to Director

Jamie S’ua is a hard-working, ever-on-the-ball, beloved member of several local community theatres. You won’t see her face on the stage, but her presence has influenced almost every nuance of the shows she participates in. Jamie is beloved and adored by her cast and crew, who wrote this bio for her. Jamie has incredible friends and a loving family, so we’re certain she’d wish to thank them. And cats. Because cats

Austin Stephenson- Lighting Designer

Austin has been turning light switches on and off all up and down the Wasatch Front for 3 years now. He swears off theatre at least once a year, only to be pulled back in by someone needing his help. He wasn’t excited to work on “Company” until he heard and saw the cast in action, and was immediately pulled in. This will be his second show with Silver Summit, after designing lights for “The Pavilion”. Other than his previous Silver Summit show, his favorite shows to work on so far have been “Spamalot” and “Into The Woods” with The Ziegfeld Theater in Ogden. Austin would like to thank math and science for their contributions to the theatre lighting world. Header/Post Image Photo Credit: Beth Bruner

Kickstarter Project a Success!!

Thanks to the generosity of many, our crowdsource fundraising project through Kickstarter has been a great success. We would like to thank all of sponsors for making it possible to bring the best possible production to the stage and for making this dream a reality. We look forward to seeing you all at our premier production of Screwtape adapted for the stage by James Forsyth and based on the novel The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis later this month.

Directed by Michele Rideout

Performing at Midvale Main Street Theatre
7711 S. Main St. (700 W.) Midvale Utah
November 29, 2012 through December 2, 2012
OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:
SCREWTAPES ($1-$9 PLEDGED)

Bryce Morgan, Wesley & Sarah Pack, Carina Kuesterman Dillon, Daniel, Katherine Terban, Jeremy Morgan, Paul Gibbs, Jeremy Worley, and Timothy L. McMahon.
WORMWOODS ($10 PLEDGED)

Alexa Rideout, Caitlynn Caldwell,
CHEAP DATES ($15 PLEDGED)

Hillary Andrus Straga, Ryan Welling, Emily Decker, Russell Warne, and Wendi Gibbs.
PERFECT PATRONS ($25 PLEDGED)

Hannah Stott, Amy Dalton, LaRue Roberts, Karen Kast, Cammie Mann, Valerie Pendleton Park, Melanie Appel, Sara Stevens, Staci Duke, Neal, Michael Etzel, Marie Decker, Joe Bartenhagen, Gordon Jones, Megan Pedersen, Janet Mann, Chris Siebeneck, Melissa Jones, and Tracey Sutherland.
FEEDING ACTORS ($50 PLEDGED)

Lori Garrett- Feeding Michele Rideout, Joe Lamantia- Feeding TBA, Trevor Andersen- Feeding James Whitmore, Jeffrey L. Owen- Feeding James Whitmore, Beth Bruner- Feeding JayC Stoddard, Jann LeVitre- Feeding Nancy Jensen, Buster Pike- Feeding Cami Rozanas, Brett Davis- Feeding JayC Stoddard, and Jim Gastelum- Feeding Jim Schroeder because “no Jim should be left behin.”Plus Jim kicked in an extra $5 too!) Beqi Gardner also pledged $50 to our cause and took no rewards whatsoever.
Update:

Joe Lamantia also donated the tickets that were part of his reward fulfillment to be given away in a random drawing to a US Armed Services Veteran. The winner of the drawing is: Lorrinda Christensen of American Fork, Utah. She has 12 years of service with the Army National Guard. Congratulations, Lorrinda- you’ve got two tickets to see Screwtape!
BUSINESS SPONSORS ($100 PLEDGED)

Dan & Cami Rozanas, John Walker, Dave Mortensen, Annelise Murphy, Doug Baird, and Keith Dowding.
LEAGUE OF HIS OWN ($150 PLEDGED)

Douglas B. Hill
PERFORMANCE SPONSORS ($250 PLEDGED)

Chris Skipworth, C.E.O. Kemesa, Inc.
PRODUCTION SPONSORS ($500 PLEDGED)

The David and Andrea Flynn Family

April Fossen (Barbara Fordham): “Sometimes We Lie”

My uncle suffered a stroke earlier this week. The prospect isn’t good. He’s currently in the ICU of the same hospital where my pregnant niece is on bed rest because she started having preterm labor at 33 weeks.

I realize that’s kind of personal information. But, it’s my family. These are just two members of this truly massive group of people that are hilarious and ridiculous and smart and infuriating and generous and fierce and I love every one of them so much I feel like my chest is going to burst open. They have seen me at some of my best and worst moments — through childhood and adolescence and marriage and parenting and now the beginning of aging. And I’ve seen them through those things as well. And it’s hard and beautiful to watch. And I have feelings about how some of them have approached different aspects of their lives. And I know they have feelings about my approach to life too.

And I think about our family gatherings compared to the Weston family gathering in “August: Osage County,” and I realize I’m unbelievably lucky. It didn’t happen in a moment or even out loud, but we made a set of agreements as a family that makes it possible for us to be with each other.

We don’t say things purposely to hurt or expose each other. We do what we can to support each other’s decisions, even if we don’t agree with them. We steer away from painful or loaded topics. And sometimes, we lie.
And the little lies and the little omissions keep us together and keep us moving forward and keep us loving each other.
The Westons…are a different story.

The Pavilion- Real World Interviews

Check out our teaser trailer for our upcoming production of The Pavilion by Craig Wright, presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc.

Directed by Michele Rideout and Amy Allred

Stage Management by Jamie S’ua

Incidental Sound Design and Graphic Artwork by Mikal Troy Klee

Lighting Design by Austin Stephenson

Dramaturgy by Brian Powell

Starring:

Cami Rozanas as “Kari”

Allen Smith as “Peter”

Julie Mylan Simonich and Brian Pilling as “The Narrators”

33 Variations, The Reviews

We got a bit behind on our website updating and maintenance, but we’re catching our breath, and catching up now. Our very successful run of 33 Variations by Moises Kaufman in November enjoyed good reviews, and was well received by audiences. We heard the following from patrons in the lobby after seeing the show:

“That was truly beautiful. And funny! I don’t think there is another play I’ve liked this much in a long time.”

“This cast has great chemistry. I was completely absorbed in the story.”

“The set and the projected effects were really cool.”

“The mother/daughter relationship was genuine, sincere, and completely believable. If you told me they were mother and daughter in real life, I wouldn’t be surprised.”

“I had the privilege last night to see dress of “33 Variations”. GO! Even if you hate classical music this is a fabulous piece of Utah theater you will NOT want to miss. Jesse Peery and Anne Puzey should be justly proud. Anne Cullimore Decker is true and subtle and strong and wonderful. Michele Case Rideout is touching and funny. And the ‘supporting’ performances of Kit Anderton, Aaron Buckner, Allen Smith and Betsy West would be starring roles in any other production. They deserve to sell out, and I am thrilled to be seeing it again Saturday.” — Beth Bruner

“Thanks & congratulations for 33 Variations! Wit, courage, & muscle.” — Andra Zoe Harbold

“Beautiful and moving. It was like watching our story unfold again. The lead actress really nailed what it’s like to be a person with ALS.” — Robert Rees

“Enjoyed it thoroughly…so many thoughts provoked by the play.” — Andrea Du Clos

“Amazing! So glad I got to see it.” — Robin Wilkes-Dunn

Congratulations, Cast of COMPANY!

We’d like to congratulate the cast of COMPANY and thank everyone who came out to audition. Show runs in November. Show info will be posted at a later date, but the run is November 7th through the 23rd and tickets will go on sale in late September.

Dog Sees God Review – Front Row Reviewers Utah

“Funny. We’re warned from the beginning it’s adult language. That’s true. And we will see adult situations. That’s true, too. But In Dog Sees God, these are kids onstage. Well, adult actors playing kids. To all of us who’ve grown into adulthood ourselves, wasn’t our first cruelty at their hands? Dog Sees God is a riff on the beloved Peanuts cartoon strip. Seeing how the characters turned out as teenagers (in this version) squeezes the heart a little. Yes, there are many laugh out loud moments, but the poignancy comes right up behind.” – Joel Applegate

Kate Rufener on directing COMPANY

We asked the very busy, Kate Rufener, director of COMPANY a Musical Comedy, a few questions about her experience directing.

Kate, tell us about the story of COMPANY and how it’s being told through your vision?

The story of COMPANY is really the story of anyone who’s ever been single, felt like the third wheel, or worried they aren’t ‘doing enough’ to get into a relationship. The character Bobby, who is single, represents anyone who has ever felt that way. He struggles to understand his place in his group of friends and in his own life.

What is the key thing for you in telling the story?

We, as a cast, are drawing out several elements and highlighting some sticky relationship issues – things like competition between spouses, fear of really committing, and facing failure in relationships. We have some subtle staging elements we’re playing up to ensure the story is told in the most humorous and engaging way possible.

Anything special you want the world to know about this show/cast/story?

Sondheim (music) and Furth (book) make it easy to play many levels. The key thing about this piece is that if you’re a fan of Sondheim, you’ll love the depth of this particular show. And if you’re not a fan, and maybe you’ve never heard of Sondheim, this is still a funny, wonderful, and thought-provoking piece that’ll entertain you.

What’s your favorite thing about this project?

Wow, only one favorite? I could rave about the talent of the cast for hours, surely they’re the favorite. Or I could go on and on about our Music Director (Anne Puzey), who makes it look easy to teach Sondheim music. Surely, it’s her? Or maybe it’s the incredibly-performed moment at the end of the show with the song, ‘Being Alive’, which has long been one of my favorites. I can’t pick one – come see the show and pick one for me?

COMPANY a Musical Comedy with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth is licensed through Music Theatre International, and will be performed at the new Sugar Space Arts Warehouse in Downtown Salt Lake City Utah.