Forest City, Iowa – The Tony Award-winning musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” will open on the Smith Theatre stage on Wednesday, Feb. 13, just in time for Valentine’s Day. More than 40 students and faculty worked several weeks to prepare for the musical.
“This show has been a very collaborative process,” said Dr. Robert AuFrance, Director of Fine Arts Administration and of the musical. “The music department faculty has been hard at work with our theatre faculty to create a musical that’s challenged our students to grow.”
One way students had the opportunity to grow was with the casting of Assistant Professor of Theatre Dr. David Sollish as one of the play’s leads.
“Being able to act with my students has been very rewarding,” Sollish said. “The ability to show them the skills I’ve learned as an actor while I’m on stage with them has been a unique way for them to continue to learn.”
Sollish also served as the scenic director and choreographer for the musical.
“As a scenic designer, it’s been great to do something different with our theatre this time,” said Sollish. “Also, choreography is a skill I don’t get to use as often as I’ve liked to, so it was interesting to create dance pieces for our actors.”
AuFrance described “How to Succeed in Business” as “one of the last classical musicals that was created during the Golden Age of musical theatre,” likening it to the current AMC hit Mad Men.
“It’s a send-up of corporate life while touching on the material that Mad Men does,” AuFrance said. “It’s all about the perception of executive life in a big corporation during the 1960s and the role of men and women in the workplace with those stereotypes. At the same time it’s a romantic comedy, and it’s not afraid to laugh at itself.”
“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” runs from Wednesday, Feb. 13 to Saturday, Feb. 16. The show opens at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. all other nights. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and non-Waldorf students, and $2 for Waldorf students. Tickets may be reserved by calling (641) 585-8585 or online using the Virtual Box Office.
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