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Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre's 'Company' Opens April 15 in Richland

Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre will present 'Company' on April 15-16 and 22-23, with a matinee planned April 24.

Patrick Killoran caught the acting bug early.

The Alaska native was an athlete, but he also liked performing.

When he was in eighth grade, he broke his leg, meaning sports were temporarily off the table.

So he went to theater camp instead, and something clicked.

"I really found my strength doing theater," Killoran said.

A recent Tri-City transplant, the 34-year-old has wasted no time becoming part of the local theater scene.

He played Cassio in The Rude Mechanicals' production of Othello in January.

And he stars as Bobby in Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre's staging of Company, which opens April 15 in Richland.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 15-16 and 22-23, and at 2 p.m. April 24 at the Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave.

The show, based on George Furth's book and with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is "a really nice piece of work and it's not your typical musical," Killoran said.

It debuted on Broadway in 1970 and was groundbreaking in form. A nonlinear musical, it features a series of vignettes, with Bobby at the center.

He's a single guy in New York City who's turning 35. His friends are all coupled up, and the show finds him reflecting on his relationship status, on life.

It was nominated for 14 Tony Awards, winning six, including best musical.

Killoran wasn't too familiar with Company before he auditioned. But the show, and the character Bobby, have become special to him.

"It's a deep work of art that makes you think about the human condition," he said. "Often, musicals are about spectacle, but this is much more human."

After falling in love with acting in Alaska, Killoran moved to Ohio for college, attending Wittenberg University, where he earned a degree in theater.

He then headed to Los Angeles, hitting the ground running in the entertainment industry.

He booked commercials, found some film work and became part of the Screen Actors Guild.

But after a few years, a family issue brought him back home. His mother was diagnosed with leukemia, and he wanted to be closer to her.

Killoran was in the midst of Tuesdays with Morrie, which was touring Alaska, when she became seriously ill.

He left the show and was able to say goodbye.

"The play was about what you do in that situation — you walk away and go with the one you love," he said. "It was really one of those interesting theater moments where life imitates art imitates life."

For Killoran, theater is a passion, a meaningful pursuit.

Peggy Painter, who's directing him in Company, praised his dedication and skill.

"(He) is new and fresh-faced and just a really greater worker, a hard-working actor," she said. "He really knows his stuff."

Along with Killoran as Bobby, the show stars Anna Newbury, Elizabeth Anderson, Emily Smith, Paris Rodgers, Will Thurston, Cindy Juntunen, Bryan Foley, Kelli Kruse, Tyler Kruse, Kimber Keel, Derek Hughes, June Gillespie and David Goss.

Jill Madison is the music director and Kelsey Wehner is choreographer.

Company is not recommended for kids.

And Painter said it's a show not to be missed for adults.

"If we do it right, you'll feel that (Bobby) finds himself," she said. "It's really fun."

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for children 12 and younger and students with ID.

They're available at mcmt.tix.com and in person at Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet and Music, 21 Aaron Drive, and Adventures Underground, 1391 George Washington Way, both in Richland.

Tri-City Herald Arts & Entertainment
By Sara Schilling April 7, 2016

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