Satire, romance and corporate highjinks abound in Stratford Community Players’ (SCP) 2014 production, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, February 5-9 at Stratford City Hall.
“This show is a hilarious take on life at the office,” says SCP president Adam Gardiner. “It’s got memorable lines, characters and songs throughout. And because it’s set in the 1960s, it pokes fun at many aspects of workplace culture that have since gone out of style.”
Michael Neale leads the show as J. Pierrepont Finch, who embarks on his career after being inspired by a business self-help book. Jaime Doucet plays his co-worker and love interest Rosemary. Other returning cast members include Jim Hill as personnel head Mr. Bratt, Kate Beath as Rosemary’s co-worker Smitty, and Sally Bryant as scandalous secretary Hedy LaRue.
The musical, written by Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, also stars D’Arcy Irvine as CEO J.B. Biggley; Connor Delaney as his nephew Bud Frump; and Jamie Cottle as the narrator of the aforementioned book.
Tina Robinson is the show’s director. A drama teacher at St. Michael Catholic Secondary School who’s been involved with SCP for several years, this is her first time helming a SCP production. Kelly Aarts of Dance Aarts Academy has returned as choreographer, and Dave Spence is also back as music director.
SCP has also renewed its educational partnership with the St. Mikes drama department. Through the agreement, Specialist High Skills Major students gain valuable experience by helping the production team in their behind-the-scenes work.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. from Feb. 5-8, with matinees on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and are available at Sinclair Pharmacy or at stratfordcommunityplayers.com.
This show is intended for a mature audience. For more information, visit stratfordcommunityplayers.com or follow the group on Facebook.