The Musical Theatre Department at Missouri Southern State University will stage a production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” Thursday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 3, in the Bud Walton Black Box Theatre.

Showtimes will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. for the Sunday matinee.

The 1970 musical comedy – with music and lyrics by Sondheim, and book by George Furth – is about a confirmed bachelor who contemplates his unmarried state over a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding. He’s forced to question his bachelorhood as his friend explains the pros and cons of marriage.

“It’s a high-energy show with singing and dancing,” said Erick Wolfe, chair of the Theatre Department and director of the musical. “It has songs that will be familiar to audiences, including the famous ‘The Ladies Who Lunch,’ which has been performed by Patti LuPone and others.”

Dr. David Sharlow, interim chair of the Music Department, serves as the production’s music director. Ashley Coffer, an adjunct theatre faculty member, serves as assistant director and choreographer.

Seating will be open to 100 audience members per performance.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, members of the military, and students. Children 12 and under are free. They can be purchased online at

For more information or for accommodations due to a disability, call 417-625-3190.


Lena Blackert, senior, Dearing, Kan.

Abby Brower, junior, Joplin

Chloe Brower, freshman, Joplin

Logan Carnes, freshman, Carl Junction, Mo.

Ashley Coffer, Deerfield, Mo.

Logan Daniel, sophomore, Baxter Springs, Kan.

Taylor Lewis, sophomore, Neosho, Mo.

Jarrett Little, senior, Joplin

Bea Pomatto, senior, Osawatomie, Kan.

Austin Prince, junior, Pevely, Mo.

JJ Ramos, junior, Carthage, Mo.

Brianna Simpson, junior, Jasper, Mo.

Sophie Stoebel, sophomore, Joplin


Stage manager: Jackie Marshall, senior, Anderson, Mo.

Technical director: David Waggoner, senior, Springfield, Mo.

Accompanist: Kathy Nenadal

Scene design: Corbin Chaffin, sophomore, Joplin

Lighting design: Sydney Griffin, senior, Chouteau, Okla.

Costume design: Hallie Peavler, freshman, Joplin

Hair/makeup design: Marissa Harding, senior, Joplin

Hair/makeup design: Tori Cobb, freshman, Huntsville, Texas

Properties design: Elijah Brown, freshman, Joplin

Audio design: Robert Humphrey, senior, Owasso, Okla.

Assistant stage manager: Savanah Ellis, senior, Galena, Kan.

Assistant stage manager: Rory Ellington, sophomore, Joplin

Consultant: Scott Westwood

Program design: Hope Bethel, junior, Joplin