For John-Paul McCrohon, artistic director of CCADS, the group’s latest production at the Riverside Theatre, Chichester, is a homecoming.
He studied at the college theatre in 1999 and has been involved in past productions.
Now, CCADS is bringing Stephen Sondheim’s and George Furth’s Company to the stage from Wednesday until Saturday.
The musical looks at modern marriage and relationships in New York seen through the eyes of 35-year-old bachelor Robert. Included are the songs Being Alive, You Can Drive A Person Crazy and The Ladies Who Lunch.
John-Paul says: ‘Stephen Sondheim is, I believe, the greatest musical theatre composer/lyricist of all time and Company is a piece I have wanted to return to for a few years now. After a recent array of more epic musicals, the challenge of working on something more intimate, but every bit as involving, was irresistible.’
His intention was to make the audience part of the production in the intimate venue, as John-Paul explains.
‘I had a wonderful and inspiring experience studying and performing there. I first performed Company on the same site almost 15 years ago, so it will be quite an experience.
‘I can’t think of a more fitting place to be presenting this musical masterpiece. It’s funny and ultimately moving. I can’t wait to put it in front of an audience.’
In the cast are Helen Stoddard, Sally Goddard (also a former Chichester College student) and Kerry McCrohon, who have all won The News Guide Award for Best Actress in the past.
Tickets: £10 to £12 from Riverside Theatre, 01243 813595 or chichestertickets.co.uk.