An ensemble of performers well-known to Midcoast audiences are preparing to open the annual summer musical at the Waldo Theatre.  The cast of “Company” is comprised of actors who have been seen onstage in Camden, Rockland, Damariscotta and at the Waldo Theatre. It has not been a hard task for this particular group to come together to portray a small close knit network of friends.

Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” will open Friday, July 30 for a two-weekend run at the Waldo, Main Street/Route 220. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, July 30 and 31; and Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 5 through 7 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m.

Originally created as an exercise for author George Furth’s therapy, the story of “Company” explores all the good and bad in marriage and relationships through the memories of the central character, Bobby, portrayed at the Waldo by James Merrifield. “Company” celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and has lost nothing in that time to lessen its message; the biting satire is still as fresh as it was when first produced on Broadway. Sondheim’s desire to move beyond the traditions of previous musical theater and move his audience in a different way are strongly evident in “Company.”

The production reunites directors Sue Ghoreyeb and Sean Fleming, who have partnered frequently over the years to produce successful shows in the area. Their previous credits include “Oklahoma!” and “Bye, Bye Birdie” with Lincoln County Community Theater; and most recently, “The Full Monty,” last year’s summer success at the Waldo.  Both list “Company” amongst their favorite musicals and are excited to bring it to the Midcoast.

Tickets are $18 for general seating, with a reduced price of $15 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available through the Waldo Theatre Web site, thewaldo.org, or by calling 832-6060.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.