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Feb. 16, 2012

Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Ohio State Lima holds open auditions for Company

The Ohio State University at Lima departments of theatre and music will hold a second round of open auditions for the Spring Quarter musical production of Stephen Soundheim’s Company at 6:30 p.m., Mon., Feb. 27, 2012, in Reed Hall 174.

These auditions are to cast the roles of Joanne, a wealthy, sophisticated New Yorker on her third marriage who is in her mid 20s to late 40s and Larry, Joanne’s wealthy third husband who is also in his mid 20s to late 40s.

Actors auditioning for Joanne should come prepared to sing her anthem Ladies Who Lunch and read from the script. Her songs are written for an alto singer. Actors auditioning for Larry should come prepared to sing Being Alive and read from the script. Larry does not sing this particular song in the show, but it will provide directors with an indication of an actor’s vocal range.

Company is a musical comedy based on a book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. The show follows bachelor Robert as he contemplates his unmarried state on his 35th birthday. In vignette after hilarious vignette, we are introduced to Robert’s married friends and his three girlfriends as he weighs the pros and cons of married life. In the end, he realizes being alone is "alone, not alive."

The public performances of Company will be at 8 p.m., Thurs., May 17, Fri., May 18, and Sat., May 19, and also at 2 p.m., Sun., May 20, 2012, in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts in Reed Hall. Margaret Anich, lecturer of theatre, will direct and Dr. Bev Bletstein, assistant professor of music, will be the musical director.

Company is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). For more information, contact Margaret Anich at (419) 995-8349.