Stage and Screen presenting musical ‘Company’ on Nov. 16-19

The cast for the musical “Company” is made up entirely of WCU students.

The beloved Stephen Sondheim musical “Company” will be staged Thursday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Nov. 19, by Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen.

The production is part of the school’s Mainstage theatre season. Shows are scheduled at WCU’s Hoey Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18 and at 3 p.m. Nov. 19.

With music and lyrics by Sondheim and book by George Furth, the musical tells the story of a habitually single man, Robert, who is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions on the night of his 35th birthday. The show will be directed by Sarah Norris, a New York City-based director and artistic director of New Light Theater Project. Bryan McAdams, visiting assistant professor of musical theatre at WCU, will serve as musical director, and D.J. Williams, a senior theatre arts major, will oversee choreography.

The cast is composed entirely of WCU students, with Benjamin Sears playing the role of Robert. Others in the cast are Mary Gipe, Kyle Southern, Lauren Hunkele, Hunter Taylor, Annie Sorey, Caleb Warren, Kelly McCarty, Corey Barrow, Tayler Harris, Dylan Renken, Marthaluz Velez, Allie Spengler and Autumn Cravens. Students in the dance ensemble are Williams, Alexa Hendrickson, Annelise Henry, Kelsey Aycock, Rei Sakurado and Derrick Bass. Two students, Nina Sepulveda and Helen Miller, will have understudy/swing responsibilities along with several members of the dance ensemble.

Student members of the production team, in addition to Williams, are Kirsten Smitherman, stage manager; Chris Price and Kendall Poindexter, assistant stage managers; Holly Records, assistant costume designer; and Stephanie Moyse, props masters. Other WCU faculty and staff members on the production team are Lindsay Chapman, production manager; Tory Depew, costume designer, Terry Martin, set designer; Spencer Burke, lighting designer; and Daniel Gonko, sound designer.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for WCU faculty and staff, and seniors. For tickets or more information, call 828-227-2479 or visit the website bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.