Play Inc presents musical ‘Company’

16265366_10155128738735209_9092192376472841730_nPlay Inc Community Theatre is poised to bring the world of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company” to the stage this weekend and next weekend at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus.

If the names Sondheim or “Company” don’t ring a bell for you, don’t worry. Play Inc has always striven to provide the East Central region with the best show offerings possible, and “Company” is about the best there is when it comes to stories that examine marriage. Not marriage in the simple or black and white sense, but marriage in the real world.

Director Aaron Knudsvig said, “There’s a lot of grey in these relationships, and we think you’ll find bits and pieces that match the grey in your relationships.”

Centered on the character Bobby as he turns 35, the show reveals the love and the angst that creates the “perfect relationship.” Bobby is single, although he has several girlfriends show up throughout the show. It’s his friends though, five married couples of different ages and experiences, that infuse the show with it’s heart and humor. 16266259_10155128738865209_7702036116524256773_n

Knudsvig said, “I’ve listened to this music hundreds of times before rehearsals started. I’ve seen it twice, and yet I’m constantly surprised at how laugh out loud funny this show is.”

Play Inc has presented shows about relationships around Valentine’s Day for the last four years. Not only is this one the biggest one that they’ve done in that regard, but it’s also the most challenging. Music by Stephen Sondheim is considered some of the toughest in musical theatre including shows that recently became movies: “Into the Woods” and “Sweeney Todd.”

Knudsvig credits the cast for their amazing ability to tackle this work in a very few number of rehearsals.  16427660_10155128738835209_5909287672980939437_n

“This cast is one of the best that I’ve ever worked with–and they come from all over: Cambridge, Zimmerman, Princeton, Mora, and north of North Branch,” Knudsvig said. “Their commitment to the complexities of this score have continually amazed me. Beyond that they are so fun to work with. There are some shows that Play Inc has done, that people still talk to me about on a regular basis (The Producers and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change to name two), and I believe Company is going to join that list. Don’t be on the outside of this special Valentine’s event.”

“Company” can be seen at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Cambridge theatre on Feb. 3, 4, 10 and 11. All performances are at 7 p.m. and seating is limited. Tickets available for purchase at www.playinconline.org.

Cast List
Robert: Shane Korte 16425961_10155128738695209_2060435848597598106_n
Sarah: Carmell Korte
Harry: Sam Johnson
Susan: Jamie Stone
Peter: Kyle Hansen
Jenny: Glenn Morehouse Olson
David: Andy Walker
Amy: Jessica Martin
Paul: Scott Tolzmann
Joanne: Amy Brosnahan
Larry: George Walker
Kathy: Mary Russell
April: Angie Nelson
Marta: Lena Scullard

Pit Band 16298920_10211762914569288_5071759889937550985_n
Keyboard: Erin Roe
Keyboard: Andrea Downing
Flute: Chloe Forsland
Clarinet: Tessa Larson
Trumpet: Blake Olson
Trombone: Bryan Johnson
Bass: Eric Anderson
Percussion: Peter Dunbar

Production Crew and Tech
Director: Aaron Knudsvig
Music Director: Shannon Shogren
Tech Director: Chuck Vrchota
Assistant to the Directors: Jonathan Wells
Lighting: Madeline Kohn
Sound: Mac Lucking