Tuesday, April 23, 2013

In the Wings: Company. Meet Steve Scherer.

Steve Scherer plays Harry 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?
Steve Scherer: This was on my bucket list of shows to do. I did a part of this show, "Not Getting Married," in high school, so I've always wanted to do the whole show. I'm too old to play Bobby, which is a dream role, so I'm glad there are still some older couples he hangs out with and I can be in one of them.

Q: Who is Harry? What does Bobby get out of his friendship with him and Sarah, played by Andrea Yough?
S.S.: Harry has a drinking problem, Sarah has an eating problem and so they offset each other well. That's what they are to Bobby: the addiction couple. But there's a bit of love there, and there's a great scene between Harry and Sarah that bonds and brings them even closer.

Q: What will an audience enjoy about Company?
S.S.: It's a story about relationships that are succeeding, those that are struggling. What does it take to be married for 25 years, 40 years? One couple gets along better divorced than married. It's really a show about relationships, and while everyone in the audience might not relate to the characters, they may have a friend who is in a relationship highlighted in the show. Relationships are universal, from the days of the cavemen all the way into the future.

Q: What is your favorite Stephen Sondheim song?
S.S.: I love all the music from Follies, especially "I'm Still Here." I auditioned with "Anyone Can Whistle" from the musical by the same name.

Company opens Friday, May 3 and runs through Saturday, May 18 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre 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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