Meet Chandler Beard of Company

Chandler Beard grew up in Minden, LA and now lives in Monroe.  She rotates through a variety of creative outlets including, but not limited to, watercolor painting, playing the ukulele, taking naps, organizing junk drawers while binging a crime podcast, and reading.  After making her theatre debut at Strauss earlier this year, she couldn’t wait for the next season to get involved again.  She’s honored to play Amy and is so excited to help take on the task of presenting this complicated and beautiful show with the cast.  She’s previously been seen as Sister Robert Anne in Nunsense (Strauss Theatre Center).

If you’re quick, for a kick, you can pick up your tickets to Company and witness Chandler’s performance of “Getting Married Today” as Amy.  Tickets can be purchased online at our ticket site or by calling the box office at 318-323-6681.

What Would We Do Without Dance Rehearsal?

The cast of our upcoming production of Company hit the dance studio for their first taste of “What Would We Do Without You?” with choreographer Taylor Nelson.  In this number, the couples proclaim their love for Robert as their closest friend in an over-the-top dance number.  Robert quickly becomes overwhelmed by the smothering affection and tries his best to hide from the good and crazy people, his married friends.

Special thanks to SYAA for allowing us to use their dance studio for rehearsal!  Our cast greatly appreciated it.

Are you excited to see the final show of our 90th season?  Well, good news!  Tickets for Company are already on sale!  Visit our ticketing site to get a good seat for a fantastic production.

Our 90th Season: Company

Our final show of our 90th season is Stephen Sondheim’s Company. Premiering on Broadway in 1970, this musical comedy was nominated for a record-setting 14 Tony Awards and took home six. Company features some of Sondheim’s most well-known and acclaimed songs such as “Getting Married Today,” “Being Alive,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” and its titular track “Company.”

On the night of his 35th birthday, Robert struggles to think of a wish to make as he blows out his birthday candles. The lone bachelor, surrounded by “those good and crazy people” — his married friends — Robert is uncertain whether he should simply be happy with his lot or whether he should wish for his own romantic partner. Over a series of dinner parties, first dates, and thoughtful conversations, Robert attempts to understand the pros and cons of marriage from his diverse and frequently hilarious friends and begins to make sense of his own persistent bachelorhood.

In addition to Robert (or Bobby, Bubbi, darling, or baby depending on who you ask), audiences are treated to a cast of lovable characters. Married couple Sarah and Harry are a foodie and alcoholic who have each recently given up their vices. Former Ivy Leaguer Peter and gracious Southern belle Susan are the picture-perfect couple…and getting a divorce. Uptight Jenny and chic David are high on Robert’s list of friends. Paul and his neurotic fiancé Amy bring an entertaining dynamic when their wedding day arrives. Cynical Joanne and her third husband Larry provide Robert with an older perspective. Finally, Robert’s trio of girlfriends, the naïve April, hip Marta, and small-town Kathy, round out the cast.

The original 1970 production starred Broadway veterans including Larry Kert, Elaine Stritch, and Donna McKechnie. The musical returned to Broadway in the Boyd Gaines-led revival in 1995 and again in 2006 starring Raúl Esparza. The show found a new audience after the 2011 New York Philharmonic Concert. This cast featured stars of stage and screen like Neil Patrick Harris, Marth Plimpton, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, Anika Noni Rose, and Patti LuPone. LuPone is set to reprise the role of Joanne in the 2022 revival starring Katrina Lenk as a gender-swapped Bobbie.

Company is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Join our new season today and SAVE!  Secure your tickets for our 90th season of continuous live theatre and take advantage of our Early Bird prices.  Click HERE to order online or call our box office at 318-323-6681.