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‘How to Succeed’ opens today at Stagecoach

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Stage Coach Players' production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" opens today. Cast members Kevin Gum, Marybeth Kurnat, Jesse Martin, Kelly Bolander and Dan Hyde are pictured in rehearsal.

Stage Coach Players presents “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” today through July 20. The show is based on the book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.

J. Pierrepont Finch (Kevin Gum) is a humble window washer at World Wide Wickets. Finch uses a little handbook called “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” (voiced by WGN’s Max Armstrong) to climb the corporate ladder to high-powered executive.

With a mixture of innocence and smarts, Finch impresses the big boss, J.B. Biggley (Dan Hyde) by tackling such familiar corporate issues as backstabbing co-workers and the office party, all by his second day at work. But on the way up, his unconventional and ethically questionable business practices threaten not only his career but also his romance with secretary Rosemary Pilkington (Marybeth Kurnat), who is dreaming of a perfect life with her future husband, “Ponty” Finch.

A delightful satire of corporate life and office politics, “How to Succeed” is packed with memorable songs such as “I Believe in You,” “Been a Long Day,” and “Brotherhood of Man.” Winner of both the Tony and Pulitzer Prize for its 1961 debut, “How to Succeed” is a classical musical and a not-to-be-missed production.

Director Jeff Hall is thrilled to present this show.

“This is a high energy musical comedy, sure to thrill everyone,” Hall said. “It’s a Broadway classic with challenging choreography, fun music and great vocalists.”

Producer Jan Kuntz says the company is “thrilled and honored” to have Max Armstrong as part of the production.

Musical director is Judy O’Connor, assistant director is Ryan Morton, choreographer is Jacqueline Shultz, stage managers are Kathy Cain and Peggy Carey, and Susan Johnson is costumer.

Also in the cast: Aaron Russell, Ethan Rutten, Cameron Harms, Frank Judd, Zaven Torian, Kim Moorman, Greg Anderson, Shynell Owen, Wendi Tritt, Jesse Martin, Joseph Baumgart, Kelly Bolander, Hilary Taylor, Rebecca Whittenhall, Megan Johnson, Deb Brubaker, Kathy Kewitt, Vince Virtue and John McCue. Ensemble: Anna Butler, Renett Ferns, Hayley Foord, Paula Howlett, Galen Hughes, Jaycee Mattis, and Julia Slomski.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and July 17 through 19, and 2 p.m. Sunday and July 20 at the theater, 126 S. Fifth St. in DeKalb.

For more information, visit www.stagecoachers.com. Tickets are available online, or by phone at the box office at 815-758-1940.

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