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Seton Hill University Theatre Presents Company October 19 to 27

The Seton Hill University Theatre and Dance Program will present Company, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, October 19 to 27 in the William Granger Ryan Theatre, Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg, Pa. Tickets are $15, with student and group rates available.  A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on October 19. Call the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center Box Office for tickets at 724-552-2929 or purchase tickets online.

Performances: October 19, 20, 26 and 27: 8 p.m.; October 20, 21 and 27: 2 p.m.

It’s Bobby’s 35th birthday and his married friends want him to settle down. Their attempts at persuasion are touching and often hilarious, revealing the love, anxiety, and complexity of marriage. Sondheim’s memorable score features the songs  “The Ladies Who Lunch,” “You Could Drive a Person Crazy,” and “Being Alive.” Company won the Tony award for best musical in 1971.

The Seton Hill student cast of Company includes Nicole Castelli of Canonsburg, Pa.; Lance Joos of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Maddie Kocur of Oakmont, Pa.; Barbara Lawson of Manassas, Va.; Malcolm McGraw of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Travis Miller of Greensburg, Pa.; Cameron Nickel of Bethel Park, Pa.; Azaria Oglesby of Catonsville, Md.; Halle Polechko of Harrison City, Pa.; Leah Prestogeorge of Pittsburgh, Pa.; James Scharer of Greensburg, Pa.; Riley Tate of Munhall, Pa.; Hannah Taylor of Wexford, Pa.; and Noah Telford of Greensburg, Pa.

Orchestra members include Joseph Domencic, associate professor of musical theatre and theatre, Keyboard I/Conductor; Emily Landsman of Wallkill, N.Y., Keyboard II; Teddy DiSanti of Greensburg, Pa., Electric Bass; Lindsey Lamagna of Murrysville, Pa., Drum Set/Percussion; Nicole Lamagna of Murrysville, Pa., Clarinet/Alto Saxophone; Sarah Nedz of Butler, Pa., Flute/Piccolo; Lisa Thackrah, music instructor, Clarinet/Tenor Saxophone; Noah Young of Brackenridge, Pa., Baritone Sax, Bassoon; Terry Lasut of Windber, Pa., Trumpet; London Williams of Pittsburgh, Pa., Trombone; and Maria Long of Pittsburgh, Pa., Cello.

The Seton Hill student technical staff includes Kathleen Adler of Springdale, Pa., charge scenic artist; Madyson Baer of Lewisberry, Pa., production electrician; Catherine Balaban of North Huntingdon, Pa., staff electrician and microphone technician; Zac Beauchamp of Glassport, Pa., scene shop crew; Ashley Blazczak of Saxonburg, Pa., costume shop crew; Kateri Bowman of Monroeville, Pa., sound board operator; Élena Bravo of Pittsburgh, Pa., student house manager; Cassie Brugos of West Mifflin, Pa., scene shop crew; Natasha Byer of Bedford, Pa., scene shop crew; Brooke Caldwell of Cambridge Springs, Pa., scenic paint and props crew; Kailey Campbell of Annapolis, Md., scenic paint and props crew; Molly Carbone of Allentown, Pa., scene shop crew; Emily Coglio of New Castle, Pa., hair and make-up stylist; Sarah Como of South Park, Pa., scene shop crew; Brittany Dilliot of Arnold, Pa., make-up manager, costume shop crew and scenic paint and props crew; Cole Dobson of Anita, Pa., scene shop crew; Julianna Eyer of Pittsburgh, Pa., scene shop crew; Stacey Fils of Boardman, Ohio, staff electrician; Alyssa Frank of New Brighton, Pa., production electrician;  Michele Gala of McKeesport, Pa., production electrician; Jordan Gilbert of West Newton, Pa., scene shop crew; Madison Harry of Greensburg, Pa., costume shop crew; Amelia Heastings of Bethel Park, Pa., assistant set designer; Amy Hotovchin of Elizabeth, Pa., scene shop crew; Lexi Jenks of Erie, Pa., assistant stage manager; Liam Johnston of New Kensington, Pa., microphone technician, production electrician and scene shop crew; Ryan Jordan of Liberty Township, Ohio, scene shop crew; Kaitlyn Mayers of New Park, Pa., scene shop crew; Brooke Kelly of McKeesport, Pa., costume shop crew; Rebekah Kephart of New Kensington, Pa., costume shop crew;  Billy Kirkwood of Windber, Pa., staff electrician; Evan Kohnstam of Herndon, Va., light board operator and production electrician; Julie Lang of Pittsburgh, Pa., dresser and costume shop crew; Jessie Malone of Ruffsdale, Pa., scenic paint and props crew; Jordan Mayers of New Park, Pa., scenic paint and props crew; Elizabeth Miller of Pittsburgh, Pa., costume shop crew; Sydney Molter of Jeannette, Pa., scene shop crew;  Elaine Montgomery of Trafford, Pa., costume shop manager; Breanna O’Brien of North Huntingdon, Pa., assistant stage manager, costume shop crew and staff electrician; Azaria Oglesby of Catonsville, Md., costume shop crew; Rhiannon Owen of Nottingham, Md., assistant to the music director; Gabriella Oxley of Molendir, Australia, scene shop crew;  Isabel Papariella of Pittsburgh, Pa., scene shop crew; Leah Prestogeorge of Pittsburgh, Pa., dance captain; Lili Real of Pittsburgh, Pa., costume shop crew; Brendan Reed of Drums, Pa., staff electrician; James Scharer of Greensburg, Pa., scene shop crew; Anna Strauser of Uniontown, Pa., production electrician; Ashlynn Swauger of West Newton, Pa., properties manager; Riley Tate of Munhall, Pa., scene shop crew; Jordyn Turner of Bethel Park, Pa., wardrobe manager; Shelby Walsh of Coraopolis, Pa., costume shop crew; Emma Walther of York, Pa., costume shop crew; Julia Wingard of Pittsburgh, Pa., scene shop crew; Shane Wiseman of Elizabeth, Pa., costume shop crew; Detta Wolfe of Dillsburg, Pa., dresser and scene shop crew; and Noah Zaken of Pittsburgh, Pa., stage manager.

The Seton Hill University production of Company is directed by Steven Wilson. Wilson is a freelance director, actor and educator. This production marks a return to Seton Hill where he directed “She Kills Monsters.” His directing work has been seen regionally in in Chicago (The Hypocrites, A Red Orchid Theatre)  Pittsburgh (City Theatre, No Name Players), Arkansas (Theatre Squared), and Austin, Texas (Zach Theatre). Steven holds a BFA in acting from Point Park University and an MFA in Directing from The University of Texas at Austin.

Professional artistic staff for the production includes Ken Clothier, assistant professor of theatre, lighting design and technical director; Alicia DiPaolo, house manager; Joseph Domencic, associate professor of musical theatre and theatre, music director; Karen Glass, assistant professor of theatre, set design; Ryan McMasters, adjunct instructor of theatre, sound design; Susan O’Neill, instructor of theatre, costume director and costume design; Katya Shaffer, box office manager; Kellee Van Aken, chair of theatre and dance and associate professor of theatre, artistic director; Michelle Walters, associate music director; and Stefan Zubal, assistant professor of dance, choreographer.

Venue Information: All Seton Hill Theatre performances are held in the William Granger Ryan Theatre in Seton Hill’s Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg, Pa.  The Performing Arts Center is a fully accessible and climate-controlled facility.  Parking is available in four nearby Greensburg parking areas:  the Bell Parking Garage on North Otterman Street (across the street from the Performing Arts Center), the Hellman-Ghrist lot on North Main Street, the Albert Grillo lot on Seton Hill Drive and the Wib Albright lot off West Otterman Street.  

Ticket Information:  Single admission tickets are $15.  Seton Hill students (with valid ID) can purchase tickets for $5.  Non-Seton Hill students (with a valid school ID) can purchase advance tickets for $10.  Students from any school can purchase rush tickets five minutes before curtain, subject to availability, for $5 (with valid school ID).  Groups of six or more can purchase tickets at a rate of $10 each with a reservation and advance payment. Order tickets online at http://www.setonhill.edu/tickets by phone at 724-552-2929, or by mail at SHUPAC Theatre Box Office, Seton Hill University, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, Pa. 15601-1599.  Box Office Hours, by telephone: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended hours on performance days: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday.

Seton Hill University’s Performing Arts Center is 73,000 square feet of everything a performing arts major needs to move from student to professional.   The Center houses two dedicated, flexible performance spaces, the Carol Ann Reichgut Concert Hall and the William Granger Ryan Theatre. The Center also includes a performance studio, new classrooms, rehearsal rooms and technical areas that include the best equipment for learning and performing, from Steinway pianos to the latest in lighting, sound, video and acoustics.  The Center is located in downtown Greensburg, putting it squarely in the middle of the city’s cultural district yet still only minutes from Seton Hill’s main hilltop campus.

The Seton Hill University Theatre and Dance Program has a long history of educating performing arts majors for professional careers while playing a vital role in the educational life of the campus.  Seton Hill’s Theatre and Dance Program offers four full-length productions (as well as a number of shorter works) each year that generate audiences of over 3,500 and speak to topics addressed in courses across Seton Hill’s curriculum.  For more information on the Theatre Program at Seton Hill, please visit www.setonhill.edu or call 724-552-2934.