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Northwood High School presents "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" this weekend

Posted Friday, March 27, 2015

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Pittsboro, NC - The kids from Northwood will be heading back to the 60s once again this year for their annual Spring Musical. But instead of dancing in Baltimore in Hairspray, they’ll be climbing the corporate ladder when they present Frank Loesser’s 1961 classic satire, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Appropriately, making his acting debut at Northwood, as the ambitious, incredibly optimistic, and decidedly unorthodox young J. Pierpont Finch, is freshman Connor Lewis. He does come with quite a bit of theatre experience however, and you will recognize him as a member of NHS’s popular a cappella ensemble Pitch Please as well as a trumpeter in the NHS band. Other members of the World-Wide Wickets Company (sorry, we have no idea what they are either) include fellow ensemble members Katie Robbins as that special secretary Rosemary Pilkington and Sean Thompson as the boss’s nefarious nephew, Bud Frump. Boss J. B. Biggley is played by Austin Korynta and Jordan Pollard is femme fatale Hedy LaRue. Other senior cast members include Rachel Crawford, Ethan Taylor, Lea Zdanski, Cali Powell, Taylor Roberson, Emma Holler, and Maria Reichle. This is also the final musical at NHS for senior Kyndal Hutchinson, Northwood’s stage manager.

The Northwood production is directed by Kayla Sharp. Musical director is Matthew Hanson. Instrumental director is Brett Cox. Leah Wilhelm and Kristen Norwood choreographed the show. Leslie Burwell and her student artists are creating the set decoration. And NorthwoodArts’ newest instructor, Adam Perry, supervises the student technicians.

The original production featured music by Loesser (who also created Guys and Dolls, produced by NHS in 2010), choreography by Hugh Lambert and Bob Fosse, with the book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, based on Shepherd Mead’s real 1952 book of the same name. It received 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. How to Succeed was most recently revived on Broadway in 2011 for its 50th Anniversary, in a production starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Don’t miss this zany show to find out if our hero, “Ponty,” really can navigate corporate politics, jealous co-workers, and office romance to move from lowly window washer to chairman of the board. The show runs tonight through Saturday, March 28 at 7 pm each evening in the Benjamin J. Lee Auditorium on the Northwood campus.

Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors and children under 10. Purchase advance tickets online at

Northwood High School presents "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" this weekend

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