COMPANY

 
at Midvale Main Street Theatre
 
 
Music and Lyrics by
Stephen Sondheim
Book by
George Furth
Directed by 
Kyle Esposito
 
Starring
 
Jeffrey Black
Sunny Simkins
Alex Kalaher
Alexsys Campbell
Cameron Garner
Chris Stockslager
Amber Ethington
Maxx Teuscher
Dann Howard
Ashtyn Roskelley
Brian David Tanner
Brittany Carroll
Camille Francis
Charity Jones
 
 
 

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Director's Note

Company is a fascinating piece of work. Basing the plot on emotion, rather than sequential events makes for unique challenges and wonderful opportunities.

When we originally staged the show in early 2020, we had no idea how deeply the themes of the show were about to be ingrained into the daily lives of nearly everyone on Earth. Company is about a man having an existential crisis while thinking about his own loneliness and rather empty relationships.

After COVID, what better way to have the impact an audience than to set it during Quarantine, when we all struggled to find connection and meaning.

As Bobby searches for purpose and finally realizes that it is okay to simply be, I hope we all find comfort in the knowledge that wherever we are on life’s journey, that we are truly okay. Company can also be overwhelmingly cynical. We have discussed at many points in this show that we don’t want to hide away from the uglier parts of relationships, but we also want to show the sweetness and joy that can come as well. Relationships are difficult and complicated, but that does not negate their worth and how they can make us better people, in whatever form those relationships come.

Our characters find joy in their relationships, whether they are traditional or not. I hope we can find that same joy and build stronger connections to the people in our lives. After two years of hard work, multiple actor replacements, sweat and tears, I am so excited to finally welcome you to Midvale Main Street Theatre’s production of Company: A Musical Comedy.

Kyle Esposito

Song List

Act 1 

  • Overture
  • "Company" - Company
  • "The Little Things You Do Together" - Joanne  & Company
  • "Sorry/Grateful" - Harry, Larry, & David
  • "You Could Drive A Person Crazy" - April, Marta, & Kathy
  • "Have I Got A Girl For You" - Harry, Peter, David, Paul, Larry, & Robert
  • "Someone is Waiting" - Robert
  • "Another Hundred People" - Marta
  • "Getting Married Today" - Amy & Jenny
  • "Marry Me A Little" - Robert 

Act 2

  • Entr'acte
  • "Side By Side By Side" - Company
  • "Poor Baby" - Sarah, Susan, Jenny, Amy, & Joanne
  • "Barcelona" - April & Robert
  • "The Ladies Who Lunch" - Joanne
  • "Being Alive" - Robert

Cast

Cameron Garner
Robert
Jeffrey Black
Paul
Sunny Simkins
Amy
Chris Stockslager
Peter
Amber Ethington
Susan
Maxx Teuscher
David
Alexandra Rae Kalaher
Jenny
Brian David Tanner
Harry
Brittany Carroll
Sarah
Camille Francis
Joanne
Dann Howard
Larry
Charity Jones
April
Alexsys Campbell
Marta
Ashtyn Roskelley
Kathy

Creative Team

Kyle Esposito

Director/Light Designer

Tasha Kunzler

Assistant Director/Stage Manager

Tammy Ross

Producer

Alec Powell

Music Director

Sunny Simkins

Choreographer

Kristina Stone

Production Assistant

Cassidy Ross

Sound Engineer

Meet the Company

Cameron Garner

Robert

Cameron is a graduate of Weber State University, with a Bachelor's degree in Musical Theatre and Theatre Education. A 29-year veteran of performing, Company is Cameron's 70th production as an actor, in addition to over 40 as a director. With over 1,000 performances under his belt in his lifetime (so far), you may have seen him on the stage at Hale Centre Theatre (South Salt Lake, West Valley, and Sandy), CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, Rodgers Memorial, or Weber State. A few of his most memorable roles include Fabrizio Naccarelli (The Light in the Piazza), Nick Bottom (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Harry Houdini (Ragtime), Jack (Into the Woods), Harry Witherspoon (Lucky Stiff), Daniel Brown (Pirated!), and Prentiss (Peter and the Starcatcher). During the day, he is thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to teach and direct the incredible theatre students at Taylorsville High School, where he recently started his tenth year.

Jeffrey Black

Paul

Jeff is extremely excited to be finally joining old and new friends on stage for this production! You might recognize Jeff from other parts in MMST shows like Sky (Mamma Mia ‘18) and Schroeder (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown ‘20). He’d like to thank his friends and family for a lifetime of support.

Sunny Simkins

Amy

After a 7 year hiatus from performing, Sunny is profoundly grateful for the opportunity to take the stage among such talented folks in Company. She was last seen as Aldonza in CPT’s production of Man of La Mancha. Favorite roles include Demeter in Cats, Ariel in The Tempest, and Gwendolyn Pigeon in Odd Couple. Though rarely performing herself, she has kept active in theater on the production side of things, directing shows including Little Shop of Horrors, HMS Pinafore, and Pirates of Penzance, and choreographing at theaters around the valley including Centerpoint (Nunsense) and Hopebox (Guys & Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun), and most recently, Midvale Main Street Theatre. “Thank you to my fleet of babysitters who made it possible for me to have this experience, and cast and crew for their support and trust. All my love to my sweetheart and sunshine, Clue and Keats. Everyday with you is my new favorite day.”

Chris Stockslager

Peter

Christopher Stockslager is a Utah native who graduated with his BA in Classical Voice from Westminster College in 2015 under Dr. Christopher Quinn and Michael Chipman. In 2017, he earned his MM also in Classical Voice from The Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Metropolitan Opera legend James Morris. Previous role highlights include Frank Butler in Annie, Get Your Gun,The Black Cat in L'enfant et les sortilèges, Julius Caesar in Giulio Cesare Athamas in Semele, the title role in Don Giovanni, and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas. He recently made his Carnegie Hall debut with Westminster College. Chris is currently actively pursuing careers in musical theatre and jazz.

 

Amber Ethington

Susan

Amber is thrilled to be performing in Company with such an amazing cast. Some of her favorite performances include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (Narrator), Mary Poppins (Mrs. Corey), The Sound of Music (Elsa Straeder), All Shook Up (Matilda) and Once on this Island (Asaka). She’d like to thank her husband Eric for his unwavering support. Eric - you’re great.

Maxx Teuscher

David

Maxx Teuscher is a singer/actor/guitarist from Logan Utah. He’s been training as a vocalist for over a decade, and has been acting for many years. Some of his notable musical theatre credits include Jimmy Ray in Bright Star, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, Demetrius in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Joseph, from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! He also fronts the Utah hard rock outfit: Ded Sullivan, who’s debut album is being released on Saturday, October 16th! You can hear their music on any major streaming platform!

Alexandra Rae Kalaher

Jenny

Alexandra Rae Kalaher (Jenny) is thrilled to join Midvale Mainstreet Theatre for the first time! Previous shows and roles include: Rona, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Centerpoint Legacy Theatre); Irene Molloy, Hello, Dolly! (Kingsbury Hall); Abigail Adams 1776 (Centerpoint Legacy Theatre); Man of La Mancha (Utah Opera); Spark the Fire: Equality Utah Allies Gala with Billy Porter (Eccles Theatre); Ohio Light Opera 2016 season. She has also music directed Catch Me If You Can and Damn Yankees at the Hopebox Theatre as well as directing many children’s theatre productions throughout Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Alex is so honored to be a part of this production to share these stories. Thanks goes to her family, especially her mom and husband for their never-ending support and love. “This one is for you, Dad”.

Brian David Tanner

Harry

Brian first saw Company seven years ago and was blown away. He had been a single guy in his thirties who had gotten used to being a third wheel with all his married friends, so he related hard to Bobby's journey. So when this long-gestating production was looking for a replacement for Harry he leapt at the chance. Other favorite roles include The Baker in Into the Woods with Riverton Arts Council, Major General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance with Midvale Arts Council, Minister Dobson in Anything Goes with Hale Center Theater Orem, and Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte (Mozart) with Hubbard Hall Opera in New York. Brian would especially like to thank his wife Amy and kids Miles and Anya for being supportive and patient as he spent many nights away from home during the rehearsal process.

Brittany Carroll

Sarah

Brittany Carroll is excited make her MMST debut as Sarah in Company. Her favorite roles include Tonya in Mamma Mia, Gloria in Damn Yankees, and Dorcas in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She is honored to be working with such a talented group of people and feels lucky to be a part of this fabulous and quirky show. Thank you to Michael and the kids for supporting Brittany’s theater endeavors. What would she do without you!?

Camille Francis

Joanne

Camille Francis has been performing on stage for as long as she can remember. She is a classically trained singer and musician (piano, flute, composition) with undergraduate degrees in music, family studies and sociology. Camille also has a MS in Counseling which she puts to good use at her day job as a middle school counselor. Some of her favorite roles include Ursula (The Little Mermaid), Rosie (Mamma Mia) and Miss. Hannigan (Annie). To top off her list of favorites, playing Joanne in this production of Company has been the realization of a long-held dream and also an immense challenge.

“Joanne is the most complex and challenging role I have tackled and I am so honored to share my interpretation of this character with an audience. Thank you to the absolute love of my life, my wife Sami and our amazing children. I couldn’t do this without your support, sacrifice and encouragement. I love you all so much!”

Dann Howard

Larry

MMST debut! With a stage career spanning from Los Angeles to New York’s Off-Broadway, Dann (Larry) is appearing in his thirteenth Sondheim production, having previously performed in Passion (Tambouri), Sweeney (Anthony), Forum (Hero), Company (Bobby), West Side Story (Tony), Assassins (Czolgosz), Candide, Side by Side and two productions each of Into the Woods (Prince/Wolf) and Merrily We Roll Along (Frank). Other favorite roles include City of Angels (Stine), Full Monty (Malcom), Titanic (Andrews), A Chorus Line (Al), She Loves Me (Georg), Light in the Piazza (Giuseppe), The Fantasticks (El Gallo, Matt), Anastasia (Bounine), Valhalla (Pfeiffer), Man of La Mancha (Padre), Some Men (Bernie), Pageant (West Coast), When Pigs Fly and Closer Than Ever. He received a Bay Area Theatre Critics nomination for originating the role of James in Friends are Forever. Local audiences have seen Dann as Gomez in The Addams Family at Draper Arts and in the same role at Desert Star in Adams Family Reunion as well as Sunday School Musical (Bishop Deacon). He has enjoyed six productions at Centerpoint Legacy including Secret Garden (Dr Craven), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Lawrence Jameson), Forever Plaid (Smudge), 1776 (Dickinson), Man for All Seasons (Rich) and It’s a Wonderful Life: Radio Play (Freddie Fillmore). He has attempted to audition for any role at Hale Center Theatre for 10 years and can’t even get a callback. A soloist with the San Francisco Opera Boys Chorus in his formative years, Dann has studied under the tutelage of Johanna Gleason (Into the Woods) at the Stella Adler Conservatory, was a Cherub at Northwestern University’s classical music program, champion of the State of Oregon vocal competition (baritone voice), earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California and Master’s Degree from Harvard University.

Charity Jones

April

After over a year and a half of waiting, Charity is ESCTATIC to finally be putting on this production of Company! Getting cast back in early 2020 to play April, the very bright flight attendant, she has been waiting eagerly to share this amazing show with you all. Working with this cast of incredibly talented actors as well as an extremely devoted production team, she would like to take a moment to thank Kyle, Tasha, Alec, & Sunny for sticking by this show for so long and never losing faith that it would happen. As well as Tammy, Cassidy, Kristina, and Jerrod for keeping the our Midvale main street theater home up and going so we had a place to perform it. Last big thank you to all  the cast members that stepped in and filled in roles with smiles and ease, even when the music felt like a theater persons worst nightmare. This show has had a long journey of obstacles but its finally made it thanks to all of you! x Previous Theater credits at MMST include: RENT, Legally Blonde, American Idiot, & We Will Rock You (regional premier). Other favorite roles include Mimi in Guys and Dolls, Amy March in My Joe, the Greek Chorus in Antigone, and a Laker girl/French Taunter & the Mayor of Finland in Spamalot. Charity studied Musical Theater at Western Wyoming College and voice though the Utah Conservatory of music. She hopes this show will touch your heart as much as it touches her. Now please sit back and place your seats and tray tables in the upright position and enjoy the show!

Alexsys Campbell

Marta

Alexsys was born and raised in Draper and so excited to make her debut at Midvale Main! She most recently had the pleasure of performing in “Freaky Friday” as Torrey as well as "Little Shop of Horrors" as Chiffon. Alexsys is the current Miss Southern Utah USA, where her platform is all about supporting and advocating for Arts in Education. She would like to thank her friends and family for all their love and support in her passions.

Ashtyn Roskelley

Kathy

Ashtyn is thrilled to be making her debut on the Midvale Main Street Theatre stage. Other past credits include She Loves Me (Amalia), Tarzan (Jane), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), and Sweeney Todd (Toby). “Big love to Mav, the pups, and the gang!”

Kyle Esposito

Director/Light Designer

Originally scheduled to open two years ago, Company has been a labor of love and passion to get off the ground. Previously, Kyle has directed at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre (Cash on Delivery), Hopebox Theatre (Damn Yankees, Catch Me If You Can), Empress Theatre (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Fantasticks), and others. Kyle started out as both an actor and a technician, continuing in those fields today. On the technical front, Kyle is a light designer, lighting technician, and electrician with credits at Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, Hale Centre Theatre, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, and here at MMST, most recently light designing Disney’s Descendants. As an actor, Kyle has performed at Hale, CenterPoint, The Grand, Egyptian in Park City, and many other venues. He also was hired to write and star in a two-man comedy show for Busch Gardens in Virginia, where he performed his show for hundreds of thousands of guests over 800 performances. While there, he had the opportunity to work with Tony Award Winner Baayork Lee and Drama Desk Nominee Matt West.

 

Tasha Kunzler

Assistant Director/Stage Manager

Tasha is so happy to be sharing this long-awaited show with you. She has been working at MMST since 2015 and some of her past favorites include: Next to Normal, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, American Idiot, Spring Awakening & Rock of Ages. While she prefers to stay backstage, she has been tricked into performing one time as the VERY memorable "Valentines Girl" in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown". She is so happy to have moved into an Assistant Director role in her past few shows & is so thankful to Kyle for the opportunity to work on this beautiful production & to Tammy for allowing us to call her theatre home. 

The one thing we've all been missing for the past year is COMPANY & she is hopeful that you will enjoy this version. "We'll be so glad to see you!"

Tammy Ross

Producer

Tammy has owned and operated Midvale Main St. Theatre since August of 2009, directing and/or producing over 50 musicals. Some of her all-time favorites include Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages, We Will Rock You, Next to Normal and Daddy Long Legs. It has always been her passion to provide opportunities for those in our community to have a fun, safe space to perform while also bringing quality theatrical experiences to all our patrons.

Alec Powell

Music Director

Alec is grateful this show finally gets it's long awaited opening! Alec Powell is a Salt Lake City based MD, composer , and musical arranger. 

Sunny Simkins

Choreographer

After a 7 year hiatus from performing, Sunny is profoundly grateful for the opportunity to take the stage among such talented folks in Company. She was last seen as Aldonza in CPT’s production of Man of La Mancha. Favorite roles include Demeter in Cats, Ariel in The Tempest, and Gwendolyn Pigeon in Odd Couple. Though rarely performing herself, she has kept active in theater on the production side of things, directing shows including Little Shop of Horrors, HMS Pinafore, and Pirates of Penzance, and choreographing at theaters around the valley including Centerpoint (Nunsense) and Hopebox (Guys & Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun), and most recently, Midvale Main Street Theatre. “Thank you to my fleet of babysitters who made it possible for me to have this experience, and cast and crew for their support and trust. All my love to my sweetheart and sunshine, Clue and Keats. Everyday with you is my new favorite day.”

Kristina Stone

Production Assistant

Kristina Stone has been working on shows at MMST since 2011 and has been lucky enough to assist with their Children’s Program since the beginning. Some of her favorite shows she has worked on are: Little Mermaid Jr, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Daddy Long Legs, Frozen Jr, and Descendants. She’d like to thank MMST for giving her a place to do what she loves. Thank you all for coming and enjoy the show!

Cassidy Ross

Sound Engineer

Cassidy has ran the youth program here at MMST for 10 years, and has had the chance to direct 13 productions with the kids. She has also had the chance to direct a few “big kid” shows here at MMST, including Next to Normal, Spring Awakening and Grease. When Cassidy is not directing, you can typically find her on the stage. A few of her favorite past roles include: Sophie (Mamma Mia!), Scaramouche (We Will Rock You), Sherry (Rock of Ages), Casey (First Date), and Natalie (Next to Normal). 

Fundraising Note

Due to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Midvale Main St Theatre has, in large part,  remained closed since March 2019. We have been lucky enough to be able to put on 2 shows since we reopened, but one production was cut short. MMST also values the safety of their performers and patrons, and respect the guidelines established to keep the community safe. For over a year now, the stage has remained dark, and ticket sales have been non-existent. Without the ability to seat an audience, they simply cannot go on.

Since 2008, MMST has been run by the talents, time, and humble means of one family who have a passion to share honest and important stories with their community. Unlike larger venues, MMST receives no outside funding or state grants. It is supported through tickets sales from previous productions and through the work of many volunteers.

Humble beginnings are what make MMST’s mission so special. Along with its’ unique productions, it is also home to a youth program which provides education to the future generation of performers, free of charge. Giving opportunities to children of all socioeconomic backgrounds, ensuring no child is without an opportunity to discover their passion for the arts.

Help us save this treasured piece of our community’s history, and ensure that their stories can continue being told.

 

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