Theatre Works Program

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Date: 19 Oct 2012 - 20 Oct 2012
Time: 7.30pm
Price: $25 full / $15 student [plus booking fee]

When J.Pierrepont Finch comes across a book titled 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying', he maneuvers his way from window washer to Chairman of the World Wide Wicket Company in just over an hour and a half! Can he get the promotion, the nicest office and the girl, or will he learn balancing business and pleasure can be precarious – but hilarious and oh, so much fun? This charismatic young man, with a smile that could melt hearts, is played by Sean McWhirter. Sean brings so much natural charm and talent to the role that you feel he may really be able to take your job out from underneath you without you even minding.

Set in the 1960's this show delivers all the sexism and gender inequality a secretary can only dream of. With numbers such as 'A secretary is not a toy' and 'Happy to keep his dinner warm', this show will have you laughing and cringing at the same time. Meg Lumsden, a first year student, brings that something extra to Finch's love interest, Rosemary Pilkington. A woman who is happy to keep her husband's dinner warm, whilst he comes wearily home from down town. Rosemary will do anything she can to help Finch work his way up in the WWWC. Courtney McOrist lights up the stage as Rosemary's fellow secretary, and with her quick wit and secretarial 'experience' she keeps Rosemary's feet firmly planted in reality.

Finch's arch nemesis in this comedic tale, is Bud Frump, whose sliminess is somehow rendered delightful in Lachlan Watts' seamless characterisation. This weedy, slimy character calls his mother over five times a day, and likes to remind everyone that he is J.B Biggley's nephew.

Keiran McNair, who starred in last year's production of Urinteown, takes the part of JB Biggley, the President of WWWC, to a whole new level. Switching from the heights of a powerful blustering businessman to the softness of a large puppy with a secret habit.

Directed by past students Claire Toole and Kathryn White, with the aid of Musical Director Michael Hayes, Production Designer Jacob Battista and Choreographer Ena Husaric. With all the behind the scenes work done by this years convenors Clare Parker, Declan Butoric, Eloise Noske and Ena Husaric.

This all-singing and dancing extravaganza is not to be missed!

3 hours (including 15 minute interval)

Warning: Sexual references

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