MOUNT CARMEL – From Vaudeville to Burlesque, the works of Stephen Sondheim have excited, enlightened and elevated audiences around the world for decades.

Now, a collection of some of the famous Broadway composer’s greatest pieces will be displayed inside the walls of the Brubeck Theatre on the campus of Wabash Valley College.  Selected as the spring musical by the college’s arts council, Side by Side by Sondheim features a cast of 19 distinct performers, with each given the opportunity to shine in the production.

With songs from fabled shows such as West Side Story, Company and Follies, area natives breathe fresh life into contemporary classics of the stage.  Side by Side hits all levels of the emotional spectrum, from the comedic absurdity of Kent W. Freeland singing his desire for “ex-mistress,” Jessica Moore,  to meet his young wife, to the touching pact made between a couple, played by Cory and Callie Casburn, as they attempt to remove a witch’s curse.

The variety of relationships is a theme throughout the show, as Bill Berry, Cynthia Shaw and Carolyn Highhouse join forces in various combinations throughout the night to show some of the more humorous aspects of love.  Joe Thompson and Marsha Foshee enchant in a scene in which the former convinces the latter to forego a flight out of his life, much to his own regret.

From start to finish, this revue of Sondheim’s best is performed masterfully by the cast, under the direction of Sue Schriber.  

There are four showings of Side by Side by Sondheim at Brubeck.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings will have a 7:30 p.m. performance, while a Sunday show will take place at 1:30 p.m.

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