Monday, April 29, 2013

In the Wings: Company. Meet Mary Gascho.

Mary Gascho plays April 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?
Mary Gascho: This is the last show I can do at Civic Theatre before I move. It's a musical, I love Company and a lot of songs from the show. It's iconic. Not a lot of people know that "Side by Side" or "Ladies Who Lunch" is from the show.

Q: Who is April, and what does Bobby get from his relationship with her?
M.G.: April is an airline stewardess who is trying to find her place. She's been told so often that she's dumb, not very smart, can't do anything so she moved to New York to prove people wrong, that she can do something. She's refreshing to Bobby. She's very gullible.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
M.G.: It's entertaining, and it makes people think. The musical numbers alone are so entertaining, it's a true musical. It's so entertaining getting to see what's happening on stage here and over there.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
M.G.: "Green Finch and Linnet Bird" from Sweeney Todd, and "I Know Things Now" sung by Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods.

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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