About The Show (July 2019)

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING

Twenty-seven year old New York window washer J. Pierrepont Finch believes that he can be a success in the corporate world after he impulsively picks up the book “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”. The book promises its reader that one can climb the corporate ladder simply and quickly. The World Wide Wicket Corporation, the business in the office building whose windows he washes, is, according to the book, the perfect type of business. There, Finch meets secretary Rosemary Pilkington, who sees in Ponty, as she calls him, an unassuming man whom she believes the corporate world will eat alive. But Ponty, memorizing what the book tells him, does quickly climb the corporate ladder, but not by doing any real work. Ponty, however, has a few obstacles along the way: Bud Frump, the nephew by marriage of the company president, J. B. Biggley; Hedy LaRue, a curvaceous but simple woman who has a secret (or not-so-secret) tie to someone important in the company; Smitty, a sassy secretarial friend of Rosemary’s; and Ponty, himself, possibly making a fatal occupational error by not reading far enough ahead in the book. Finch ultimately has to decide if climbing to the top of the ladder is worth stepping on all of those along the way and worth risking the loss of the love of Rosemary. In the end, telling the truth may set him free.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

This is, perhaps, in my opinion, one of the best satirical parodies made into a musical comedy. The songs are original and appealing, the dialogue is sharp-witted, the plot is engaging, and the pace is brisk. Underneath the humor of the superbly funny script, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is,of course, a scathing reflection of corporate culture in the 1950s. It’s biting social commentary is as timely now, however, as it was then. I could not be happier with this entertaining sensation! The cast and crew of this GACT production are most dedicated and driven … they HAVE succeeded, with much effort and enthusiasm. This was no small undertaking and I am proud of all involved. Thank you to my many friends who were an amazing team to work with: the GACT Board, Jim, Karyn, Margie, Carly, linda, Fran, Sarah, Nick, and many others. Much gratitude to you all!

Perhaps a tie that binds us all together here tonight is the love of theatre. In a time where the arts are not always supported and being cut … in schools, community theatres, and even Broadway, it warms my heart to know that so many of you have attended this production to show your support of something that is so very important in life. With learning and refining the skills of discipline, teamwork, problem-solving, self control, communication, public speaking, confidence in one’s self image, creativity, and the understanding of the way human beings interact, all of us can experience much success in life. The Alliance for Education and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts jointly state, “The future of our nation depends on our ability to create, be creative, and appreciate and support the arts together”. Thanks for joining our “Brother hood of Man”. Enjoy the show!

Cast Announcement

2019 GREENVILLE AREA COMMUNITY THEATRE

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING

(Cast in order of appearance)

J. Pierreont Finch—————————————————Tanner Yake
Book Voice ———————————————————-Alan Anderson
Gatch——————————————————————-Ray Yurko
Jenkins—————————————————————-Ian Miller
Tackaberry————————————————————Elijah Caron
J.B. Biggley———————————————————-James Kerr
Rosemary————————————————————Jordan Mastrangelo
Bratt———————————————————————David Reeher
Smitty——————————————————————Kathy Williams
Bud Frump———————————————————-Andrew Ference
Miss Jones———————————————————-Susan Woge
Mr. Twimble———————————————————Bill Henry
Hedy LaRue———————————————————Sylvia Patterson
Miss Krumholtz—————————————————-Susan Swartzbeck
Paris Original Girl————————————————-Miranda Woge
1st Scrubwoman/Secretary———————————-Barbie Long-Cooper
2nd Scrubwoman/Secretary———————————Jen Ferguson
Ovington————————————————————-Bruce Turcic
Wally Womper——————————————————James Bancroft

SECRETARIES/ENSEMBLE

Sarah Dopierala
Erin Kennedy
Keely Kennedy
Stephanie King
Amy Leskovac
Lindsay Lloyd
Cat Smith
Erin Warren

GACT Auditions

Auditions to be held by appointment on:

Thursday, May 2nd (4pm-9pm)
&
Saturday, May 4th (9am - 12pm)

CALL (724) 301-7831
for a 10 minute audition time slot.

↓  More information below ↓

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Auditions will be held at the William A. Robinson Theater at Thiel College. Please call to book a 10 minute audition slot (724) 301-7831.

No prep necessary. Plan to sing through a song or two from the show as well as a cold reading. Please arrive early for your audition to fill out an audition form before your 10 minute slot.

William A. Robinson Theater
Thiel College
75 College Avenue
Greenville, PA 16125

GACT + GSO = Winter Performance Extravaganza!

The Greenville Area Community Theater was invited to join with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra of Mercer County for a truly spectacular performing experience!

WINTER CONCERT: MEREDITH WILLSON'S "THE MUSIC MAN" CONCERT VERSION

Saturday, February 23, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thiel College Passavant Center
38 Packard Avenue
Greenville, PA, 16125

Dietrich Foundation Grant Makes Sensory-Sensitive Performance Possible

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GACT presents a sensory-sensitive "Annie" preview for families of children of all abilities. The preview, made possible by a grant from the Dietrich Foundation of Greenville (Pittsburgh Foundation), will feature several songs from the show, a chance to meet some of the cast and crew, as well as a favor and snack for each participant. There will be subdued lighting, no mics, and all participants will be able to move around for their own comfort and at no cost. 

The preview will be held from 6:30pm to 6:55pm, Thursday, August 2nd at the William A. robinson Theater at Thiel College

GACT pours for local event

GACT is honored to once again guest pour for the Greenville Public Library's "Toast & Taste to Reading" event. 

Friday, June 15th from 6pm - 9pm
at the Greenville Public Library

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A Toast & Taste to Reading

Greenville Public Library

Join us to taste wine, beer and savory appetizers from local wineries, breweries and restaurants. 

Music entertainment, games, raffles, a chance to win an autographed bottle of Heinz Ward’s Signature Wine, photo booth and more! 

Tickets: $30 Single $50 Couple

But tickets in person at the Greenville Library, Greenville Chamber of Commerce and Packard Paint & Decorating! Or online at the ticket link!


Don't forget! You can now purchase your GACT tickets online here!