Fidel Calderon (left) and Annie Litchfield star in the Southland Area Theatre Ensemble's presentation of "Company" at Governors State University. | Supplied photo
Updated: February 20, 2014 6:12AM
The Southland Area Theatre Ensemble will perform Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, according to a press release from the university.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and 25 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 26.
A winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Company” is considered a landmark “concept” show that inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre, according to the press release. Set in New York, the play tells the story of five couples and their mutual friend, Robert, on the night of his 35th birthday as he contemplates his unmarried status and eventually realizes that fairy tale or not, life is better shared, the release said.
The director of the Southland Area Theatre Ensemble, J.R. Rose, of Tinley Park, said, “This will not be your traditional 1970s ‘Company.’ We will be re-imagining the traditional view of ‘Company’ in the contemporary 21st century.”
The music is by Aaron Kaplan and choreography is by Becky Dedecker. The 13-member cast is all local, hailing from Crete, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Homewood, Flossmoor and Oak Lawn, the release said.
Tickets are $25 and are available by visiting www.centertickets.net or by calling (708) 235-2222.
The program is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, according to the press release.
The cast includes Nate Krug (Crete), Bonnie Johnson (Oak Lawn), Sarah Bright (Chicago), Nicole Bowles (Chicago), Annie Litchfield (Chicago), Fidel Calderon (Chicago), Meghan Hoyt (Dyer), Scott Boehm (Chicago), Regina Gadotti (Chicago Heights), Joseph Clair (Chicago), Ashley Raffauf (Homewood), De’Jah Perkins (Chicago) and Chris Kelly (Flossmoor).