CPCC Theatre Auditions for How to Succeed… December 8 or 9

December 8 or 9
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Halton Theatre
 
Power, sex, ambition, greed… it’s just another day at the office in this classic satire of big business.

Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser including “I Believe in You,” “Brotherhood of Man,” and “The Company Way.”

A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man,” the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.
 
An irreverent and tuneful romp, jam-packed with sly, swift, and sharp jabs to the funny bone, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING is a sure fire hit!
 
 
 
Cast size: Large (over 20)
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast – Many featured roles, Star Vehicle – Male, Strong/Large Chorus
Dance requirement: Standard (Musical Staging/Some Dance/Optional)
   
Character Breakdown
BUD FRUMP Biggely’s nephew and scheming employee. He is an arrogant sycophant who tries to advance his career by exploiting his family connections. Male, 18-21 yrs old Range: C3 – F4
ENSEMBLE SCRUBWOMEN; EXECUTIVES; SECRETARIES
GATCH A sleazy executive with a penchant for the ladies. Male, 40-60 yrs old Speaking Role
HEDY LaRUE A voluptuous, sexually-charged woman adored by all of the men. She may appear dim-witted, but she knows how to manipulate men to get what she wants. Female, 25-35 yrs old
Range: C4 – Eb5
J. PIERREPONT FINCH Our story’s protagonist. An irrepressible, clear-eyed, almost puckish hero, he is a window washer who applies for a job at the World Wide Wicket Company and attempts to climb the ‘ladder of success.’ Male, 18-25 yrs old Range: C3 – G4
J.B. BIGGLEY The stuffed-shirt, philandering President of World Wide Wicket. Beneath his ruthless exterior, he is a college lad at heart with a passion for knitting. Male, 50-65 yrs old
Range: C3 – A4
MISS JONES J.B.’s stuffy secretary who is abrupt and tough, but soft and kind to those who are good to her. Female, 55-65 yrs old Range: Bb3 – Gb5
MR. TWIMBLE He is a fussy, old-fashioned, yet loyal employee at the company. Supervisor of the mailroom, he believes his success is due to his lack of ambition and ability to remain unnoticed. Male, 60-75 yrs old Range: C#3 – E4
ROSEMARY PILKINGTON A secretary at the company who is more interested in finding a man than advancing her career. She becomes Finch’s love interest. Female, 20-30 yrs old Range: A3 – B4
SMITTY A secretary with a painfully dry sense of humor. She is a cynical, working woman who is on the lookout for a man. Female, 30-40 yrs old Ragne: A#3 – G5
WALLY WOMPER The company’s Chief Executive Officer and a former window-washer. Male, 55-70 yrs old Range: D3 – E4
 
 You do not have to be a current CPCC student to audition. Auditions are open to all.
Each auditionee should have a prepared song of at least 16 bars and sheet music in appropriate key. Be dressed to move. An accompanist will be provided. Rehearsal will not begin until after the New Year.
 
For more info contact Tom Hollis tom.hollis@cpcc.edu