The College Light Opera Company will present “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” as the seventh show of its 46th season. This is CLOC’s fourth production of “How to Succeed,” also done in the 1991, 1998 and 2008 seasons.
The play is about the triumph of one common man and his dastardly rise to the top.
The hero is a window washer named J. Pierpont Finch, who has recently begun reading a book titled, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” By following the instructions of the book, Finch lands a job in the mailroom of the World Wide Wicket Company, quickly gains promotions, befriends J.B. Biggley, the arrogant president of the company, and attempts to outsmart his rival, Bud Frump—who also happens to be the boss’s nephew. Aiding Finch is an ambitious secretary of the company, the love-smitten Rosemary.
Will Finch get to the top rung of the ladder? Will he defeat the smarmy Bud Frump? Will Rosemary win Finch’s affections?
This production is led by stage director Robert W. Schneider and music director Mary Marcell. This is Mr. Schneider’s first CLOC production. Ms. Marcell will also be the music director for “H.M.S. Pinafore” from August 12 through 16.
The cast is full of new CLOC vocal company members. Talents to look forward to are Rebecca Brudner as Smitty, Victoria Erickson as Hedy La Rue, Will Hawkins as Bud Frump, and Mike McCann as J.B. Biggley.
Returning talent to look for includes Maggie Langhorne as Rosemary and Nick Martiniano as J. Pierpont Finch.
“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” will be performed at Highfield Theatre in Falmouth. Shows run Tuesday through August 9 at 8 PM, with a Thursday matinee at 2 o’clock. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling the CLOC box office at 508-548-0668; or visiting the CLOC box office, 58 Highfield Drive, Falmouth (open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 12:30 PM, from 2 to 5 PM, and from 7 to 9 PM).
This week CLOC is also presenting its annual orchestra concert, “Sunday Soirée,” on August 3 at 7:30 PM at the Cape Conservatory, 60 Highfield Drive in Falmouth. CLOC’s orchestra will be playing classical pieces and selections from the current season’s lineup. Suggested donation is $10 to $15 and all proceeds will go to the continued restoration of the Highfield Theatre.