Monday, April 29, 2013

In the Wings: Company. Meet Quashaea Rogers.

Quashaea Rogers plays Marta 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?
Quashaea Rogers: I've never done anything with Civic. I've always wanted to, but I've always had conflicts. This was the first time I could attend an audition. Company is so well-known, so any way I could be part of it I wanted to do it.

Q: Who is Marta, and what does Bobby get from his relationship with her?
Q.R.: Marta is the life of the party, she's the funky one, she's the one who says inappropriate things but people like it anyway. She loves meeting people, she loves glitz and glamour. She loves New York, and she's a part of it. She provides Bobby a relationship without strings. He has just left a relationship with Kathy, and Marta doesn't expect anything from him.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
Q.R.: The music. The way that we do it is really good, we sound good as a group. "Side by Side" is great highlight. It's so intricate and highly choreographed.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
Q.R.: I love Sweeney Todd in general, especially "My Friends."

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 begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday shows begin 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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