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Clarkston Village Players offers good 'Company'

At left, Bobby (Shaun Pittman) listens as his friend Larry (Rick Shaw) explain how much he loves his wife and that marriage is worth it. (click for larger version)
September 08, 2010 - Another birthday has gone by in Bobby's life and he's still a bachelor at 35. As his married friends surround him, Bobby will contemplate the pros and cons of married life.

Will he stay single forever or make a birthday wish? Check it out in Clarkston Village Players in the musical "Company."

"It's always been a show I've liked a lot. I saw it years ago with another group that I belong to and I was impressed with it that time," said Director Steve Cunningham. "It's always had a great reputation."

Cunningham said he loves the play because it's not your "typical musical."

"It flows differently than a standard musical does scene to scene to scene. It doesn't have here's a catch phrase and everybody does a big musical number," he said. "Everything flows together much more organically. The music compliments the dialog and the feeling of what's going on."

Shaun Pittman who plays the lead role of Bobby said he enjoyed the "challenge of his character."

"It was a challenge because the character is 35 unsure about wanting to get married and not sure if he wants to give up his bachelor lifestyle. I was married at 26. It's a different dichotomy between me and the character," Pitman said. "You always put some of yourself in the role. I had to think back to my mid 20s and how I felt about things then and put that in relationship to how I feel about it now."

He also noted he loved the music and enjoyed singing it.

Other cast members include: Amy Seaman, Dale Dobson, Sarah Lasky, Brandon Cassidy, Jennifer Gentry, Matthew Cross, Jenna Pittman, Philip Cuthbertson, Carolyn Lussenhop, Rick Shaw, Kianna Meek, Johana Bell, and Suzette LaTurneau.

Cunningham submitted to be the director after a couple cast members mentioned the play was being performed this season.

"They don't have a lot of people here at CVP who've got musical experience. It's mostly a smaller show, straight show comedy kind of venue," he said. "I'm really the only person who's directed a musical here in the last 15-20 years. I did Batboy which was like eight years ago."

Cunningham said he met his obstacles while the theater is undergoing remodeling. The show is the first of the season and it's a shorter schedule than normal, which he says he was "daunted" by, but in the end it all worked out.

"It's a great team of people, my music director, and accompanist," he said. "Everybody involved has really pulled together and has done a great job helping us get this thing going, so I'm very pleased with it."

"Company" is performed September 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 at the Depot Theater, 4861 White Lake Road. For tickets, call 248-573-4104. For more information, visit

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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