May 28, 2009
Morningside College launches the second season of its Betty Ling Tsang Summer Fine Arts Series with the musical comedy “Company” at 7 p.m. on June 12 and 13, in the Buhler Outdoor Performance Center, 3625 Garretson Avenue, on the college’s campus.
The free performances – the first of five productions scheduled this summer for Morningside's amphitheater-style performance center – feature the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. When “Company” first opened on Broadway in 1970, it went on to win the New York Drama Critics' Award and six Tony Awards including "Best Musical", "Best Music", "Best Lyrics" and "Best Book". The musical is composed of short vignettes that revolve around the main character Bobby, the five married couples who are his best friends and his three girlfriends.
The 14-person cast in the Morningside College production will be accompanied by a traditional pit orchestra. In the event of rain, the performance will move to Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Avenue, on the Morningside campus.
Randy Peters, artistic director for the Betty Ling Tsang Summer Fine Arts Series, said the series is named for the late Betty Ling Tsang, a 1940 Morningside College music graduate, and is designed to bring free, quality music and theatre performances to residents of the Sioux City area.
“It was very gratifying to have hundreds of people attend the four productions that started the series in the summer of 2008,” Peters said. “This season we have increased the number and variety of productions. As an added bonus, all performances are staged at Morningside's beautiful Buhler Outdoor Performance Center. The audience can relax on benches or bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy concerts on the lawn in front of the performance center.”
Other performances in the 2009 Betty Ling Tsang Summer Fine Arts Series include the children’s musical “The Princess and the Pea” on June 26 and 27, “Mark Twain, The Final Tour” on July 10 and 11, “My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” on July 31 and August 1, and “Side by Side by Sondheim” on August 14 and 15. All performances are free and open to the public.