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Parkway Central High School How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

By • Mar 8th, 2013 • Category: Cappies, Missouri

The stage alights to a poor window washer but quickly transforms into the fast-paced world of business, where getting ahead is in getting allies, and once-window washing Finch is on his way to the top. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Parkway Central High School revealed this busy world of business in a performance as successful as its namesake.

The last thing anyone truly expects from window washing Finch is for him to swiftly rise the ranks of the World Wide Wicket Company, but with some charm, a little luck, and a lot of comedy, this is exactly what Finch does. In this charming comedy depicting the ’60s workplace, Finch meets and manipulates plenty of people and even falls in love along the way. The musical opened in 1961 and won seven Tony Awards, and Parkway Central’s rendition was also a great success.

While the entire cast delivered a strong performance, the leads in particular made the show shine. Aidan McCarter as J. Pierrepont Finch displayed his character’s charisma and ambition in a memorable performance. Onstage love interest, Greta Rosenstock as Rosemary Pilkington, also delivered a noteworthy performance as the hardworking yet dreaming secretary with a beautiful voice. Matthew Greenbaum, as head of the company, JB Biggley established his jocular character in a performance further establishing the comedic ’60s workplace. His onstage nephew Jake Blonstein as Bud Frump maintained a distinct and comical characterization with noteworthy enthusiasm.

The entire cast in fact, maintained a high energy level that kept the show running at a quick pace. Alexa McKenna as Smitty, sustained her believable character and strong voice throughout the performance. Lizzy Langa as Hedy LaRue established a particularly entertaining character with her steady New Jersey accent, believable tipsiness, and interaction with the other actors onstage. Kyle Pollack’s performance was both multi-faceted and impressive as he played Mr. Womper, Mr. Twimble, and a Feature Dancer, where for each of his characters he developed an entirely new stage presence with an excellent voice and unique flair.

The technical aspects of the show were diverse and well-maintained. Lighting was notable with its many cues, spotlights, and changing colors throughout the performance. Costumes were colorful, true to the time period, and covered a large and varied cast. Sound went smoothly for the production with only a few minor issues throughout.

There were few problems with the show. Scene changes seemed to be long at times, although the impressive orchestra playing between scenes usually kept it from becoming too noticeable. There seemed to be a few issues with the curtain and some set pieces, but the set itself was striking for its diversity and utility.

In all, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying was a spectacular performance that truly succeeded in showing “The Company Way,” the business world of the 1960s, and most of all, the remarkable actors and tech crew of Parkway Central.

by Allie Hult of Holt High School

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