Friday, April 26, 2013

In the Wings: Company. Meet Bill Knapp.

Bill Knapp plays Larry 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?
Bill Knapp: I hadn't intended to, but I saw the 2006 version on PBS last December. It put the idea in my head, and the more I thought about it, the more I thought it would be fun to do.

Q: Who is Larry, and what does Bobby get from his friendship with him and Joanne, played by Carrie Francis?
B.K.: Larry is sort of the last person to come into this group of friends. Bobby has apparently known Joanne for a long time, and Larry is her third husband. He hasn't been around nearly as long everyone else. He also is very rich. He's always picking up the check whenever they go out.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
B.K.: The music, of course, and the fabulous nonstop dancing that will take place during it. The humor and probably most of all the look at relationships. People can see what the characters go through, how all these little marriages might relate to their own.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
B.K.: My favorite Sondheim song is "Not a Day Goes By," which is from Merrily We Roll Along.

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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