AUDITIONS

“How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”

Show dates: Dec. 8-17, 2017

Directed by Nick Smith
Choreography by Jill Gagliano
Music Directed by Sharon Boyer

Audition dates

Saturday Sept 9th 10am-4pm
Monday Sept 11th 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

Callbacks – date/time to be determined

All roles available. Must be 18 years of age to audition.

Please prepare 32 bars for audition. Can be music similar to the style of the show, or from the show. No monologue necessary.

Show Synopsis (MTI)

Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser, including “I Believe in You,” “Brotherhood of Man” and “The Company Way.”
A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man,” the office party, backstabbing coworkers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.
An irreverent and tuneful romp, jam-packed with sly, swift and sharp jabs to the funny bone, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying is a surefire hit! This show requires a large cast, featuring many roles for all types of performers. All roles are open!

Character Breakdown

J. Pierrepont Finch

Our story’s protagonist. An irrepressible, clear-eyed, almost puckish hero, he is a window washer who applies for a job at the World Wide Wicket Company and attempts to climb the ‘ladder of success.’
Gender: male
Age: 20-30
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Gatch

A sleazy executive with a penchant for the ladies.
Gender: male
Age: 40 to 60

J.B. Biggley

The stuffed-shirt, philandering President of World Wide Wicket. Beneath his ruthless exterior, he is a college lad at heart with a passion for knitting.
Gender: male
Age: 50 to 65
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Rosemary

A secretary at the company who is more interested in finding a man than advancing her career. She becomes Finch’s love interest.
Gender: female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: A3

Smitty

A secretary with a painfully dry sense of humor. She is a cynical, working woman who is on the lookout for a man.
Gender: female
Age: 30 to 40

Bud Frump

Biggely’s nephew and scheming employee. He is an arrogant sycophant who tries to advance his career by exploiting his family connections.
Gender: male
Age: 18 to 21
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Miss Jones

J.B.’s stuffy secretary who is abrupt and tough, but soft and kind to those who are good to her.
Gender: female
Age: 55 to 65
Vocal range top: Gb5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Mr. Twimble

He is a fussy, old-fashioned, yet loyal employee at the company. Supervisor of the mailroom, he believes his success is due to his lack of ambition and ability to remain unnoticed.
Gender: male
Age: 60 to 75
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: C#3

Wally Womper

The company’s Chief Executive Officer and a former window-washer.
Gender: male
Age: 55 to 70
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: D3

Hedy

A voluptuous, sexually-charged woman adored by all of the men. She may appear dim-witted, but she knows how to manipulate men to get what she wants.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Ensemble

Scrubwomen, Executives, Secretaries