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    ‘Company’ puts relationships in the spotlight

    The question of whether it’s better to stay single or tie the knot comes to life in the Arizona Repertory Theatre’s production of the musical “”Company,”” written by George Furth, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (“”Sweeney Todd””).

    Robert is 35, single and unsure of what he wants out of life. All of his friends have already said their matrimonial vows or are headed that way. While juggling three girlfriends, Robert must make the decision of whether or not he wants to eventually get married.

    “”It’s all about realizing that relationships aren’t perfect, but that they really are necessary to keep you sane,”” said Katie Blodgett, a marketing and musical theatre senior.

    Blodgett plays the role of Susan, whose seemingly perfect marriage to Peter inspires Robert until he finds out they are getting a divorce. Through his travels in and out of the lives of his wedded friends, Robert is able to see the good and bad sides of marriage.

    Travis Brown, a musical theatre junior, pointed out that the idea of not being alone, but rather having companionship, can be seen through the lives of the realistic and diverse character ensemble, and that every audience member will find a character to relate to.

    “”People love seeing that familiarity onstage, and I think there are just so many wonderful characters in the show that I think the audience will really take to,”” said Brown, who plays the lead role of Robert.

    From ballads to vaudeville numbers, “”Company”” contains many different musical styles to thrill audience members. With such diversity in one show, a lot of hard work goes into the singing, choreography and acting.

    “”It’s always kind of challenging and pretty complicated in that there are so many components that go together to put together one performance,”” Blodgett said.

    No matter how much work it takes, Brown said it’s all worth it because of the real-world experience the entire process brings.

    “”It’s a really, really wonderful learning experience doing a show through the School of Theatre Arts,”” Brown said.

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