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February 3rd, 2010
Hays CISD musical takes a humorous look at business

020310howtosucceedSTAFF REPORT

The production of the Hays CISD district musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, premiers on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center (PAC), 979 Kohler’s Krossing in Kyle. The play also will be offered at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are $10 and all seats are reserved only.

The audience is cautioned, however, to arrive early because, as is tradition, a “surprise” will be at the beginning of the event at around 6:45 p.m. Technical director Don Riecss recommends that audience be seated by then to enjoy the full effect.

This year’s show, featuring a cross section of district students and teachers, is directed by Malcolm Nelson. The Tony Award-winning satire on the corporate world stars Hays High School (HHS) junior Ely Allen as the window cleaner turned business climber J. Pierrepont Finch and HHS senior Keeley Hooker as his faithful love interest, Rosemary Pilkington.

Caroline Roberts of Caroline’s Dance was responsible for the choreography and Fuentes Elementary School’s Holly Gandy provided the vocal direction. David Blackburn conducts a professional orchestra, complete with strings.

The musical revolves around everyman Finch and a how-to book he is reading called How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The book’s advice helps him advance and his rise, though the corporate structure brings up a variety of problems like nepotism, old-school loyalty, coffee break obsessions, office parties, and yes men, all tackled with humor throughout the musical.

The cast includes Hays High teacher David Bowe and district students Jarrod Hehr, Bonnika Ashley, Seth Hixon, Bridgett Garraway, Jayme Foulkrod and Ethan Becker.  Fuentes Elementary School Principal Jodie Wymore and teachers Terri Castille and Holly Gande will delight audiences with their special guest appearances at “the Scrubwomen.”

The original musical from 1961 was eventually made into a movie with the actor who originated the part on Broadway, Robert Morse, in 1967. In 1995, a Broadway revival brought it back with Matthew Broderick in the lead role. The late Walter Cronkite was the voice of “the book” in that production.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (512) 268-8443, or go to the PAC office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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