This year’s Upper School spring musical, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, was staged in Founders Hall from February 27th through March 2nd and was a rousing success! More than 50 MBS students were involved on stage or behind the scenes of this first-rate production that entertained audiences with its exuberant and energetic songs and funny, flirtatious story.
The show is a satire of big business, office politics, and corporate gender roles. It follows the exploits of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” to rise through the ranks from lowly window washer to chairman of the board of the World Wide Wicket Company. Along the way, Finch encounters many pitfalls of corporate life, such as the "company man," the office party, caffeine addiction, and backstabbing coworkers. And, of course, he also finds true love.
The talented cast (in alphabetical order) included: Pam Beniwal, Connor Downey, Camryn Hartkern, Iain Jaeger, Sam Kasmin, Tim Schietroma, Lily Lindstrom, Matthew Lohmann, Whitney McDonnell, Patrick Merrigan, Lauren Mennen, Molly Michel, Evie Mitchell, Ava Namar, Deborah Ode, Mik Patankar, Ava Penizotto, Eshaan Popat, Bella Porraro, Charlotte Post-Lipnick, Coby Schneider, Scott Smith, Will Srere, Rebecca Tone, Cooper Weil, Kailyn Williams, and Theo Won.
The production wouldn’t have been possible without the dedicated crew behind the scenes: Meena Arrocha, Sanaah Aslam, Frankie Becchi, Ari Bersch, Jason Bloomenthal, Michelle Corcoran, John Degnan, Perri Easley, Matt Ellerthorpe, Matt Francis-Manshel, Mia Gorzynski, Amelia Hawkins, Rachael Kelson, Ethan Kim, Lauren Liroff, Nick Lombardi, Paris Luckowski, Hugo Milne-Home, Alex Miskewitz, Rachel Monastersky, Trevone Quarrie, Amy Sales, Haylee Schwind, Madeline Sit, Tate van der Poel, Nicole Westwood, Katie Yang, the Upper and Middle School Stagecraft classes, and the Upper School Technical Theater class.
The original artwork for the show was designed by Amelia Hawkins.