Mark your calendars! “Company” is coming to Carson Valley! This musical comedy, based on a book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, debuted on Broadway in 1970 and was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards. It won six, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, and Best Lyrics. It also won Drama Desk awards for outstanding music, book and lyrics.

Company is considered by many to be the first “modern musical.” The show is somewhat different from most musicals in that there is no chorus per se. Each role is a featured role, with each of the eight women and six men being spotlighted in dialogue and vocal arrangements. The show is a concept musical, comprised of a series of short vignettes. The music is both complex and entertaining. Everyone in the audience is sure to recognize someone they know in several, if not all, of the characters.

Company will be staged at the CVIC Hall in Minden March 13-15 and 20-22. It will be directed by Ann Delahay and music director Sue Kinney. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, November 12th from 6:30 to 9:00 and on Saturday, November 15th from 9:00 to 1:00 at The Annex. We are looking for good actors/singers between the ages of 25 and 65. We also need sound and light technicians as well as a set builder. Please plan on joining our Company on stage, back-stage, or in the audience!


Book by George Furth and Music by Stephen Sondheim

From musical theatre's most renowned composer, Company is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre and the winner of 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book.

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends -- "those good and crazy people [his] married friends" -- explain the pro's and con's of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

Company features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim's best known songs. The strength of the piece lies in its vivid yet real characters, meaning impressive technical aspects aren't necessary to convey the story. It can be told as effectively with a cavalcade of automated set pieces as it can with a chair or two. Every audience member will see reflections of themselves in at least one of the characters on stage. 

Auditions are Wednesday November 12th at 6:30 and Saturday November 15th from 9:00 to noon, both at the Annex (1572 Highway 395, Minden at the corner of County Road and Hwy 395). Wednesday auditions will go until 9:00. The cast consist of six men and eight women ages 25 to 60. Please come prepared to sing a song from a musical 1 minute or more.