Just three days to the first performance of the musical Company, so let's continue our interviews with the members of the cast!
Up next is the lovely and talented (and very funny) Cyndi Fuller:
Q: Tell us the basic story behind Company?
Cyndi: Company is about a guy named Bobby. During the course of the show, we see his relationships with all of his married friends. Basically, they're all pushing him toward marriage. The audience gets to see the struggles Bobby experiences as he sees first hand the positive and negative sides to being married.
Q: Tell us about the character you play.
Cyndi: Throughout the show, the audience meets three of Bobby's girlfriends. I play his girlfriend Marta. She is certainly unique! Marta is in love with New York. She's the kind of girl who has never met a stranger and wants YOU to be her next best friend. Marta is eccentric and just downright fun.
Q: What's your favorite song in the show?
Cyndi: This is such a tough question to answer. Each song in the show is so meaningful and interesting. I'm going to have to say my favorite is the girlfriend's trio: "You Could Drive A Person Crazy". It's catchy and witty. It's the song every girl wants to sing to their ex.
Q: Is the music challenging?
Cyndi: The word challenging doesn't do Sondheim justice. This has certainly been the hardest harmony I've ever worked on in my life. The music is genius... and so, so, SO difficult. Every person involved in this show is insane for tackling this music.
Q: Why did you want to be part of this show?
Cyndi: I just love being part of ARTS. This show in particular isn't like most musicals. There aren't big, fluffy dance numbers. We don't smile cheesy smiles the whole show in outrageous costumes (though I do love all those things). The music is about living and what life brings you, whether that's good or bad. There are funny moments followed immediately by heart wrenching ones. It's a musical unlike any other.
Q: What's your background in theatre?
Cyndi: I loved being on stage as a child. Somewhere down the line, I stopped performing. ARTS' production of Much Ado About Nothing was my first show in five years. Thankfully they were crazy enough to let me audition for ARTS resident company! I don't plan on retiring from the stage anytime soon.
Q: This is being performed in the Renaissance Ballroom - an intimate setting, with the audience right in front of you. Does that make the show easier or more difficult to perform?
Cyndi: This will be my first opportunity performing in the Renaissance Ballroom, so I don't know how the arrangement affects actors nerves yet. I do think the intimate setting is appropriate for a show like this. We want the audience to feel like they are right there with Bobby during all his experiences.
Q: Why would you recommend Company to our readers?
Cyndi: There's no other musical like it. I guarantee you'll love it. There's never been a better time to be at ARTS. Won't you join us?
Arts Resources for the Tri-State presents the hit musical Company by Stephen Sondheim on March 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and March 22 at 2 p.m. at the ARTS Ballroom at 900 8th Street in Huntington. Tickets are$15 for the show only, $30 for dinner and show. Call for dinner reservations at 304-733-2787.