all tickets $15
269-781- 2700 - Call at any time to leave a message and staff will confirm the reservation as soon as possible.
155 W. Michigan Ave, Marshall MI 49068
Coming off last month's sold-out production of ON GOLDEN POND, Great Escape Stage Company in Marshall is now offering the hilariously adult musical comedy COMPANY, written by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth. Focusing on both comical and serious themes of love and marriage, the plot revolves around Bobby (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Unlike most book musicals, which follow a clearly delineated plot, COMPANY is a concept musical composed of short comical vignettes, presented in no particular chronological order, linked by a celebration for Bobby's 43rd birthday. The original 1970 Broadway production was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards and won six.
COMPANY was among the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships - and is considered both ground-breaking and pivotal in Sondheim's long musical career. As the composer/lyricist puts it, "Broadway theater has been for many years supported by upper-middle-class people with upper-middle-class problems. These people really want to escape that world when they go to the theatre, and then here we are with COMPANY bringing it right back in their faces."
The GESC production is being directed & choreographed by Amity Reading - an Associate Professor of English at Albion College recently featured as Titania in the MCP production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - and who last appeared on the GESC stage as all the Femme Fatales in "The 39 Steps."
Truly an ensemble show, the COMPANY cast includes a veritable Who's Who of local stage favorites and some of the area's strongest voices: Tim Lake, Deb Culver, Alan Elliot, Kerry Wilson, Sue Kernish, Chris Blackford, Donna Daines, Paul Rauth, Don Bolthouse, Hope Tolliver, Kyra Hill, Julianna Gilger and Madelyn Schnoor. Costumes are by Carole Bolthouse and Technical Direction will be handled by Randy Lake.
Performances begin Thursday, June 20, and continue for eight performances thru Sunday, June 30. Tickets for all performances are $15 and a complete performance schedule can be found at www.GreatEscapeStageCompany.com or by calling the GESC Box Office at 269-781-2700 to make reservations (which are strongly suggested.)
Great Escape Stage Company is a small professional not-for-profit theatre located at 155 West Michigan Avenue (S.E. Corner of Eagle) in Historic Downtown Marshall.