Student-run community theater launches new production this week

by Beth Melo on August 14, 2013

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Above: Black Box Productions, run by local students, rehearses its production of “Company” opening this Thursday. (Photo from Facebook)

Earlier this summer, I lamented the lack of community theater in Southborough. Recently, I learned that while it may not be taking place in town, we do have community theater run by Southborough (and Northborough) residents.

Black Box Productions was founded in 2012 “to harness the energy, creativity and enthusiasm that students bring to the theater.” Comprised of college and high school students, the troupe consists largely of current or former ARHS students.

From the producers and directors to the cast and technical crew, students are in charge. Black Box’s mission is to create high-quality, meaningful and memorable productions, while providing students with the opportunity to create theater the way they want it.

This week, they will perform Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award winning musical comedy “Company”, August 15 -17, 2013.

Southborough resident Stephen Tzianabos is both Co-Founder of the troup and the Musical Director. Tzianabos is currently studying Music Education and Vocal Performances at the Ithaca College School of Music.

Six other town residents are involved in the current production: Jack Tzianabos, Lia and Ali Maynard, Julia Baker, Ty Andrus, and Katelyn Morreale.

The original production of “Company” was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards and won six, including for best Musical, Musical Book, Original Music, and Original Lyrics.

COMPANY follows five married, once-married, or soon-to-be married couples and their mutual friend, Robert, a 35-year-old bachelor who has been unable to connect in a long-term relationship.

Performances will be held at Algonquin Regional High School’s Small Performance Theater, 79 Bartlett Street, Northborough. Shows are at 8PM, with an additional 2PM matinee on Saturday, August 17.

Tickets are $10, and can be purchased or reserved online at www.bboxproductions.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door if available.

1 Katelyn M August 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM

You don’t want to miss this show! The cast and crew have worked tirelessly to create a riveting, hilarious, and poignant production for you. We’d love to see you there!!

2 Doug Cotanche August 16, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Saw the show Thursday night. It was fabulous! I highly recommend it!

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