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Stepping Out

A successful 'Company' at Bus Barn Theater


Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Company” includes Jennifer Mitchell as Kathy and Adam Cotugno as Bobby.

Los Altos Stage Company’s actors, musicians and staff acquit themselves admirably in the production of “Company,” the Tony Award-winning musical featuring lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim.

The play’s title alludes to the reluctance of bachelor Bobby (Adam Cotugno) to commit to a steady romantic relationship; instead he socializes with his best friends, who are all couples. The play comprises a series of vignettes that revolve around Bobby’s 35th birthday party and his inability to commit to a steady relationship.

Cotugno, a software engineer at Apple, previously performed in Foothill Musical Theatre’s “Little Shop of Horrors” and Los Altos Stage Company’s “Avenue Q.”

Five couples and three girlfriends make up the rest of the characters in “Company.”

Joanne (Mary Gibboney) and Larry (Scott Stanley of Los Altos) play the older couple; Sarah (Melissa Reinertson) and Harry (Michael Rhone) portray the perennially dieting wife and her secretly drinking husband; manic Catholic girl Amy (Kristin Walter) and Jewish fiancé Paul (Aaron Vanderbeek) star as the pair who almost don’t make it through their wedding day because of Amy’s cold feet; Susan (Katherine Leyva) and Petey (Vanessa Alvarez) are a gay couple in a committed relationship; and Jenny (Skye Wilson of Los Altos) and David (Andy Rotchadl) play the sweet but boring couple with few vices.

Bobby’s girlfriends include outspoken Marta (Sheila Townsend), sweet Kathy (Jennifer Mitchell) and self-described dumb blonde April (Maureen O’Neill).

Townsend, vocal director for “Company,” was drafted to play the part of Marta when the actress originally cast bowed out.

Carol Fischer, an adjunct professor of theater arts at West Valley College, ably directs the musical.

“Company” includes mature content.

Shows are slated at Bus Barn Theater 8 p.m. today, June 25 and Thursdays through Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays through June 28. For advance tickets ($18-$38) and more information, call 941-0551 or visit losaltosstage.org.

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