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Stage Company
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Length: 5:30

Recent SIUC Radio-Television graduate, Martesha Brown, visits with Cathy Field, president of Carbondale’s community theater, The Stage Company, and Loren Cocking, a founding member and set designer, to learn more about the history of the company and where it is today. Started in 1982, The Stage Company has certainly held its own in Carbondale. The company has produced a variety of shows ranging from the classic to contemporary, as well as several musicals. Auditions are publicized on their website at and are open to everyone. The Stage Company is currently looking for a new theater location after their old building (formally the Bank of Carbondale) was torn down due to building codes. Field has started a new capital campaign to raise money for the theater, as well as to raise awareness about the company. In the mean time, The Stage Company performs wherever they can find space, primarily in churches and schools. Most theater companies would have a difficult time in this situation, but Field and Cocking both say their passion for theater drives them to share its magic with others no matter how difficult the circumstances. To make a donation, go online at or send a contribution to: The Stage Company, PO Box 332, Carbondale, IL 62902.

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Link To video segment: Episode: 241