Students present musical comedy in the classic sense
FARMER’S KORNER – Kids these days – now they’re singing about slacking off at work.Summit High School Drama Club presents “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” a musical comedy about climbing the corporate ladder.The Pulitzer Prize-winning play revolves around the antics of J. Pierpont Finch, a young, ambitious window washer who ends up winning the corporate game and falling in love along the way after reading a book titled “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” It teaches him the key to success isn’t working hard but rather being in the right place at the right time.
The play addressed groundbreaking issues when it first came out in the late 1950s. It busts up stereotypes of men and women’s roles with a comedic slant.”The script is really funny, even 40-some years later,” said Debra Sandblom, drama club spokesperson. “I still go to rehearsals and chuckle.”Bright, snappy costumes and settings reflect the relationships and events throughout the play. Josh Blanchard of the Lake Dillon Theatre adds a professionally choreographed touch to the song and dance, and Lake Dillon Theatre director Chris Alleman directs the play.”I think it’s going to be a really strong show,” Alleman said. “It’s going to give residents and visitors a chance to see one of the greatest classics of musicals that they might not otherwise get produced up here because of space.”
Summit High School’s auditorium offers a large space for the musical to unfold, as opposed to the more intimate settings of the Lake Dillon Theatre or Breckenridge Theatre.”I think audiences are going to enjoy the music more than anything, and they’ll get a kick out of Josh’s choreography,” Alleman said.In the process of rehearsals, where Alleman breaks down a scene for students and helps them clean it up, students also learn about the traditional structure of musicals. In the last two years, they’ve performed “The Wiz” and “Footloose,” which don’t follow the traditional form as well as “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” And in addition to learning a little history of theater, they’re also learning a little about the history of men and women in the workplace.
But as far as the story leaving a lasting impression on young high school students’ minds about not working hard, Alleman doesn’t think there’s much to be concerned about.”They’re more worried about their entrances and exits on stage,” he said.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at email@example.com.
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