Summer Theatre’s Presentation of ‘Company, the Musical’ Runs Thursday through Sunday

July 17, 2019

Stephen Sondheim Musical Has Bobby Considering His Perpetual Bachelorhood

Tickets are still available for Wilmington College-Community Summer Theatre’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, the Musical, for four shows running Thursday through Sunday.

Show dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday (July 18, 19 and 20), at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday (July 21), at 2:30 p.m., in WC’s Hugh G. Heiland Theatre. Tickets, which are $15, can be reserved by contacting the Theatre Box Office at 937.481.2267 weekdays, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

PICTURED: An amazed Bryan Wallingford (RIGHT) views Bekah Wahl proving to her husband, Matt Purkey, that her karate lessons are worth the expense.

Wynn Alexander is directing the production, with Matt Spradlin providing music direction, lighting by Becky Haines and Cole Haugh, the choreography.

The cast features: Bryan Wallingford as Bobby, Bekah Wall as Sarah, Matt Purkey as Harry, Tricia Heys as Jenny, Andrew Conarroe as David, Gina Beck as Susan, Timothy Larrick as Peter, Kate Koch as Amy, Kevin Wall as Paul, Cherie Cooper-Darragh as Joanne, Steven Haines as Larry, Abby Smith as April, Jessica Fair as Marta and Jessica Yankel as Kathy.

Company, with music by Sondheim and book by George Furth, takes place on the night of Bobby’s all-important “30-something” birthday. Bobby, a long confirmed single, contemplates what it means to be alone. Over the course of a series of remembered dinners, drinks and even a wedding, friends explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse.

Bobby is forced to question “the tick-tock” of what it means to be unmarried. Sondheim’s Company is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre, and features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of the composer’s best-known songs.