LAKE TWP. Students from Lake Local High School’s choral department presented their spring production called “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” with four performances on April 11-14.
The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical features the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch from a window washer to a high-powered executive. It’s a 1960s satire of big business featuring such snafus as coffee breaks, nepotism, backstabbing co-workers and office romance.
More than 120 students including cast, crew and orchestra participated. Debra Bordo was the directo and Danielle Shaub was the choral director. The two-act production included memorable scenes such as Coffee Break, The Company Way, Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm and many more.
“The students started rehearsing in February and have put countless hours into rehearsing their lines and the choreography,” Bordo said. “I like to double cast some of the roles because it allows more students to be involved.”
Just a few of the main characters were played by the following:
JB Bigley: Blaine Hudak and Brandon Bergdorf
J.Pierrepont Finch: Lucas Spencer and Own Pinion
Gatch: Ben Swartz
Rosemary Pilkington: Anna Windham and Hannah Wilson
Bratt: Zach Ivan and Caleb Irwin
Mr. Twimble: Zach Graves and Tannor Boston
The show is more than three hours long and the April 14 production was cut short because of a tornado warning across the region and the state. The show started with sunny skies outside at 2 p.m. Twenty minutes before the end of the show, the director had to cut it short and move everyone including cast, crew and the audience to the hallway to wait until the warning passed at 6 p.m.
“We had chairs set up in the hallway for the elderly people and we handed out bottled water. We did lose power and the generator kicked on, but we were left without air conditioning. I felt bad for the kids that they didn’t get to do their final scenes, but safety is always first,” Bordo said.
She added that she has been with the district for 11 years and has directed all of the productions and has never had to manage a tornado warning. Everyone safely left the high school after the tornado warning cleared. The weather didn’t put a damper on the work the students did to put on a show for the community.
“Sunday’s show was an interesting afternoon but, in the end, I’m just extremely proud of the hard work the students put in and the quality of the production,” Bordo said.
There was also a Lake Local Schools District Art Show outside the Performing Arts Hall where the talents of the visual art students from grades kindergarten through 12th were on display. People waiting to go in to the show and during intermission had a chance to view the artworks.