SYNOPSIS


Stephen Sondheim's musical Company opened on Broadway in the Spring of 1970.  Set in New York, Company tells the story of five couples and their mutual friend Robert. Robert, turning 35 at the beginning of the show, seems to have everything: good looks, charm, and a great sense of humor. Nevertheless, he is still single. In Company he watches and learns from the various couples. He sees both the wonders and pitfalls of relationships. In the end though, Robert realizes that while relationships rarely turn out like they do in fairy tales, life is still better when you have someone to share it with.  During its 2 year initial run on Broadway, the show went on to win 6 Tony Awards including "Best Musical."

 


CAST

 

 

ANDY QUIROGA (Robert) has been a professional actor and director for thirteen years.  He has  worked  in New York, Michigan and Florida.  A BFA graduate of the prestigious New World School of the  Arts and an MFA graduate of the Florida Atlantic University School of the Arts, Andy has enjoyed much  professional success throughout his career. Previous credits include: "Morty" in A Bad Friend    (GableStage);   "Benedick" in Much Ado About Nothing, Luther Billis in South Pacific, "Perchik" in Fiddler  On The Roof (FAU  Rep. Co.); "David" in Orange Flower Water (debut production; The Promethean  Theatre); the "Taxi Driver"  in   Hellcab (The Modern Stage); "Tony" in FRAG (Juggerknot Theatre  Company; nominated best actor,  Sun  Post’s Best of The Beaches) and "Raul" in Extremities (Treasure  Island Studio Theatre; nominated   best actor, Sun Post’s Best of The Beaches).  Directorial credits  include the Carbonell Award-winning play,   Tracers (Best Ensemble) for Juggerknot Theatre Company,  Richard Janaro’s Unwavering Light (Grand  Valley Shakespeare Festival) and most recently Euripides’   Medea for Miami Dade College. Andy wishes to  thank Debra for her faith in his work.  He would also like to  thank his wife, for all her patience, love and  support without whom he would be incomplete.


SHANA DEL TORO (Sarah) is excited to be joining the MAC’s production of Company. In the  Miami  area  she has performed in theatrical productions of A Christmas Carol (Martha) at  Actor’s Playhouse,   Rocky Horror (Columbia), West Side Story (Rosalia), and A Chorus Line (Diana). Television credits   include Days of Our Lives and Las Vegas. She trained with Tom Todoroff in Los Angeles after  graduating  at the University of Miami with a BA in Theatre. She is currently a third grade teacher at Kendale  Elementary.

  

ANDREW VAIT (Harry) is an Alaska-born singer/actor with an extensive musical background in  saxophone, piano, guitar and various other woodwind instruments.  Andrew entered the University of  Miami as a jazz saxophone major and will graduate this spring with a BM in jazz voice.  It was in college  that he discovered the versatility of his voice, singing in award-winning jazz vocal and choral ensembles,  starring in musicals such as Baby and Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queen, and releasing a CD  with his original rock band, The Skinny.  Other roles include "Claude" in Hair, "Marius" in Les Miserablés    and  "Prince Dauntless" in Once Upon A Mattress.  Andrew is grateful for this experience to be on stage  with so  many wonderful and professional performers.


ELDA ELISA BROUWER (Susan) last appeared onstage as the "Nurse" in Medea. Previous credits  include "Cathy" in The Promethean Theatre’s South Florida premiere, Orange Flower Water; various  roles (nominated Best Actress in a Comedy in Miami Sun Post’s Best of the Beaches) in The Modern  Stage’s production of Hellcab, and "Patricia" in Treasure Island Studio Theatre’s debut production,  Extremities. Elda also performed a number of “roles” at Juggerknot Theatre Company. As an actress:   BUMP (Subway Girl), Jazz Like a Drug (Dita) and Action (Liza). She was fortunate to be Managing  Director for the company (2000-2003), producing such critically acclaimed productions including Tracers    (Carbonell winner Best Ensemble; voted Best Ensemble, Miami Sun Post Best of the Beaches);   audiovideo  (Voted Best Black Box Production, New Times Best of Miami 2002; Nominated Best New  Work, Carbonells, 2001) and Bash (Voted Best Play, New Times Best of Miami 2001). Along with  pursuing  her endeavors as an Actor/Producer, she sings for the Sts. Peter and Paul Church choir and  works for renowned Miami real estate developer Ugo Colombo. Many thanks to Debra and Arianne; the  cast/crew, and much love to her supportive husband and family.


MANUEL CARBALLEA (Peter)  has performed in such productions as Edward Albee's The   Sandbox, Ballestero's Los Esclavos del Consumo, A Postcard From Paris, and Fuenteovejuna, a co-  production  with the Hispanic Theater Guild and Belen Jesuit Prep. In January 2006, he played the  part of  frustrated director "Lloyd Dallas" in Miami Stage Company's production of Noises Off.  More  recently,  he played the lovable "Bill Bailey" in MSC's hit production of CATS. You may also see  him  in  public service announcements for Miami-Dade TV.  Manny is a troupe member and Director  of   Just  the Funny, Miami's Home for Improv and Sketch Comedy.  In 2005, he assisted in the  production of  the nationally renown Miami Improv Festival 2005, presented by JTF.  Manny has had  the pleasure  of studying under the direction of local artists from the Coconut Grove Playhouse and  Miami-Dade College as well as having the privilege of studying with members of the nationally  recognized  and highly talented improv troupes, The Groundlings and The Second City.  Special thanks to Mom, Arianne, Debra, Beatriz Jiménez and of course his adoring fans from coast to coast, aka. friends.
 

KAREN SHANE (Jenny) returns to the musical theater stage after embarking on a jazz singing career in 1998 and the recording of a jazz vocal CD entitled “It’s Anybody’s Spring”. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio to a musical family, her professional musical background began while in high school performing in a rock 'n roll band with singer/songwriter Eric Carmen (“All By Myself”/“Hungry Eyes”). This led her to Los Angeles and New York where she worked as a studio singer and also as a second engineer at A&M Records. Karen's musical theater experience has included the roles of “Gumby Cat/Jenny Any Dots” in CATS (Miami Stage Company), “Edith” in Pirates of Penzance (Key Biscayne Music & Drama Club) and a principal role in Grand Night for Singing (Coral Gables Country Club Theater Group). Her other stage experience included performing as a “supernumerary” character actor with American Ballet Theatre, performing in such stages as The Metropolitan Opera House, The Kennedy Center and theaters in Japan. Karen is glad to be back on the musical theater stage and delighted to be a part of this talented cast of Company! http://www.karenshane.com
 

MITCH ABRAMS (David) is active in the South Florida performing arts scene performing in numerous  productions by the Miami Stage Company, JCC Players, and the Temple Zion Theater Guild. His roles  have included "Tevya" in Fiddler on the Roof, Emile in South Pacific, Growltiger and Bustopher Jones in   CATS, Arvide in Guys and Dolls and many other roles in South Pacific, Odd Couple, Carousel, The Music  Man, Merry Widow, Sweet Charity, Oklahoma and many more!   By far his favorite roles are Husband to  Nita  and father to Wendy.


COLLEEN PRIOR (Amy) is thrilled to be performing in the Miami Acting Company's musical debut.  She has performed at numerous venues in the Miami area, most recently as Demeter in Miami  Stage Company's production of CATS. Performing credits include A Chorus Line (Maggie, Judy,  Cassie  u/s, Swing); Hair (Sheila); Godspell (Gilmer); and venues such as the White House, Disney  World,  Washington Wizards (halftime performer and anthem singer), and the national tour of   Joseph.  Choreography credits include West Side Story, The Wild Party, and various dance concerts  and  benefit productions. She is a ballroom and jazz instructor at Bijoux Dance Center, and holds a  degree in Religious Studies and Motion Pictures from the University of Miami.


LEO LOPEZ (Paul) has performed in numerous musicals throughout high school, college, and  medical school, and some of his favorite shows from this time include Pippin, Jesus   Christ  Superstar, King of Hearts, Runaways, and Chicago. During pediatric residency and  fellowship  training, he took a sabbatical from musical theater, though he did continue to  sing in choral  ensembles and dance with several jazz dance companies in Boston,  Philadelphia, and Berkeley. He  returned to musical theater when he moved to Miami  eight  years ago. Recent shows include CATS    (Mungojerrie, Macavity), Noises Off   (Philip/Frederick), “Cabaret” (Cliff), “Lend Me A Tenor” (Max)  and A Funny Thing  Happened on the Way to the Forum (Hero) with Miami Stage Company,   Urinetown (Old  Man Strong, Hot Blades Harry), Man of La Mancha (Padre), and The Fantasticks   (Hucklebee) with Main Street Players, and Oklahoma (Curly), Guys & Dolls (Benny   Southstreet),  and South Pacific (Joe Cable) with the JCC Players. Though he has never  played a doctor on TV, he  does work as a pediatric cardiologist at Miami Children’s  Hospital.


 

DEBRA GINSBERG (Joanne) is honored to be on stage for the Miami Acting Company's production of Company. She has had a long involvement in the theater performing such roles as "Dolly Levi" in Hello Dolly, "Sally Bowles" in Cabaret, "Carrie Pipperidge" in Carousel, "Cunegonde" in Candide and "The Girl" in The Seven-Year Itch and Songs for a New World. Her favorite characterizations which have won her special recognition have been "Fräulein Schneider" in Cabaret , "Grandma Kurnitz" in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers , "Madam Arcarti" in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit,  "Ms. Hannigan" in Annie and "Widow Corney" in Oliver. She has appeared professionally as the "Wicked Stepmother" in The Actors Playhouse production of Cinderella, costarred in the Phillip Michael Thomas' and Sandi Morais production of SACHA, Hollywood Playhouse and SACHA on Broadway,The Riverside Theater in New York City. She has most recently appeared in CATS as "Griddlebone" / "Electra."      http://debraginsberg.net/


 BILL ALTFIELD (Larry) is a true native Miamian, having been born and living here for most of his  life.  He is a senior public corruption prosecutor with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.  However, he  has had a life-long passion for the theater having attained an Associates degree in  Acting from the  Florida School of the Arts and a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Theater from the University  of Miami. Bill has  been very active with Community Theater in Miami-Dade including The Country  Club of Coral Gables,   TZIC Players, Palmer Trinity School, the Miami Civic Theater, the Dave and  Mary Alper JCC Players, the  Miami Children's Theater and as a Board Member of the Miami Stage  Company which produced one of  the first community theater productions of CATS performed in the   United States. He was recently seen  in Cabaret and he starred as "Felix Ungar" in The Odd Couple.  He also played the role of "Hysterium" in   A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum. He  also directed the JCC Player's last, yet most  successful JCC production, of Rogers and Hammerstein's   Oklahoma! where he also filled in as the  understudy for "Will Parker."  Other featured roles include  "Nicely Nicely Johnson" from Guys and Dolls,  "Commander Harbison" and the understudy for "Emil   Lebecq" in Rogers and Hammerstein's South  Pacific.  He most recently performed the role of  "Alonzo" in CATS.  Bill is proud to continue his  involvement with great community theater as a  founding board member and business manager of the   Miami Acting Company.


KATE ACONFORA (Kathy) is ecstatic to be a part of The Miami Acting Company's debut performance.  She currently attends The University of Miami where she is exploring a vast array of interests such as  Musical Theatre, Theatre Management, and Music Business. This is Kate's first show since high school,  and she couldn't be happier to be part of such a fun and spunky cast! Favorite roles have included  "Baker’s Wife" in Into the Woods, "Annie" in Annie Get Your Gun, "Babe Williams" in The Pajama Game,  and "Lucy" in "Snoopy!!! The Musical".


JESSICA LAUREN ROMERO (Marta) a Miami native has studied Tap, jazz and ballet since the age of  four. She has played the roles of "Bombalurina" in CATS, "Consuelo" in West Side Story and recently  danced for Liza Minelli and Joel Grey. Jessica is currently a theatre major at Miami-Dade College. She  would like to thank the entire cast for all their support and send a big thank you to her family and friends  for all their love and encouragement, especially her voice coach Luis Serrano.


ROSE SIRNA (April) is thrilled to be making her community theatre debut in MAC’s Company!  Originally from Italy, Rose is currently an international studies and foreign language major at the University of Miami  Favorite past roles include ‘Alice’ in Closer, ‘Maria’ in West Side Story, ‘Fraulein Schneider’ in Cabaret, and the ‘Witch’ in Sondheim’s Into the Woods.  She is particularly grateful for this opportunity to work with such a professional and dedicated group.  Many thanks to her wonderful family and friends for their constant support and love.  Peace and Happiness to All!

 

 

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