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'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'

A group of teens and parents has given new meaning to the well-worn phrase “The show must go on.” Despite major roadblocks, including a new director and venue, illnesses and character changes a week before showtime, their show will go on.

When the cast of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying takes the stage Friday night, it will be the culmination of several months of behind-the-scenes drama mirroring the struggles of today’s business executives.

This group of teens began rehearsals five months ago as part of . Despite major roadblocks, including a new director, a new venue, major illnesses and the main character bowing out a week before showtime, the production will go on.

The cast and their parents have proven that to succeed, whether in business, in theater or any endeavor, you must first have perseverance, according to the Young Actors Playhouse.

Their difficulties began when the  two months into the production. Through a grassroots effort by the parents along with the Children's Garden Theater and its Young Actors Playhouse, the production was allowed to proceed at what was formerly Blackwell Playhouse.

It’s a much smaller, older theater than , the . Blackwell and CCT closed around the same time, but Blackwell has been reenergized by its new production company, according to the Young Actors Playhouse.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying centers on a young window-cleaner, J. Pierrepont Finch, who begins a meteoric rise from the mail room to Vice President of Advertising at the World-Wide Wicket Company. Finch's unorthodox and morally questionable business practices jeopardize not only his career but also his romance with Secretary Rosemary Pilkington.

The show runs Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20. For more information about the production and to buy tickets visit youngactorsplayhouse.com/tickets/howtosucceed.

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Peggy Cline May 19, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Our family saw "How to Succeed..." last night. It was awesome! The students are so talented and gave a wonderful performance. I was especially impressed with Claudio Aguiar as J. Pierrepont Finch, Maggie Kamperman as Rosemary Pilkingon, Matthew Jones as J. B. Biggley, and Anna Haworth as Hedy LaRue. I would definitely recommend anyone seeing it. I am so impressed that the group never gave up when CCT folded. They are a determined group of students and parents and their perseverance will take them to the top just like Finch. Way to go!
Mary Miller May 20, 2012 at 01:21 PM
The show was fantastic last night!!!
Andrew Fobes May 21, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Was truly a fun and fantastic show. I'm really glad this came together for the kids. Special thanks to Mary Miller, Kathy Haworth, Claudio Aguiar, Kevin Kamperman, and each one of the directors. Thank you all so much for making this work out for this group of kids and helping them get there.

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