90 years is a long, long time for a community theatre company to be in existence. I should know. Over the years, I’ve been involved in one way or another with just about every major community theatre company in New York City. I have acted, directed, produced, worked backstage, designed and built sets, and pretty much even run my own community theatre group. I know what it takes and it’s not an easy endeavor.
StageBuddy: Interview: St. Bart’s Players, NY’s Longest Running Community Theater, Performs Sondheim’s “Company”
The St. Bart’s Players Gears Up to Celebrate its 90th Anniversary in 2017 and Reflects on the Community that Has Sustained Them; Current Season Features the Stephen Sondheim Musical “Company”
Where’s the pay phone?!?!
I don’t expect to find one now, when ubiquitous cell phones have made the coin-fueled devices redundant. No, I’m remembering March 23, 1970 around 10:30 p.m. when the final curtain came down on the first-ever performance of Company’s Boston tryout. That’s when I asked “Where’s the pay phone?!?!” because I wanted to immediately call my three closest musical-obsessed friends to say how thrilling Stephen Sondheim’s score, George Furth’s book and Harold Prince’s direction were in this destined-to-be-a-classic musical.