Wednesday, April 24, 2013

In the Wings: Company. Meet Beth Butram.

Beth Butram plays Susan in Company, the fifth and final production of the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim, the book is by George Furth.

Question: Why did you audition for the show?
Beth Butram: Sondheim. I have been a fan of Sondheim since the late 80s when I was in Sweeney Todd. I fell in love with the craziness of the music, the unique quality of the music. I loved every note of every song in that. That was followed by Into the Woods, which my children fell in love with and we watched for years and years.

Q: Who is Susan, and what does Bobby get from his friendship with her and Peter, played by Andrew Meyer?
B.B.: She is the nurturer of the group. There's a song where she's the warm and loving person, and that personifies her. I think Bobby thinks they personify the perfect marriage, which is a little ironic. They are not the perfect couple.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
B.B.: It's a unique musical in that it's an adult show, not a kiddie show. It's more sophisticated and offers the audience something in the form of a musical.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
B.B.: "Not While I'm Around" in Sweeney Todd. Mrs. Lovett sings it to Tobias in Act II. The feeling is that she will always take care of him.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for youth age 18 and under. Rush tickets may be available before each performance for $8 to students with a valid college or high school I.D. Follow @lafayettecivic on Twitter before each performance to learn about availability for that night's performance.

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.


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