Theater Department makes surprise change to annual musical

By Ben Rosenthal | Staff Writer

The Theater Department decided to unexpectedly change the spring musical from South Pacific to How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying in mid-September. Because they were unable to obtain the rights to produce South Pacific, they opted to make the last-minute change.

“There is a group doing South Pacific, so getting the rights was taking a long time, and I didn’t want to wait too long and not have a musical on time,” theater director Heather Biddle said.

Rights must be obtained in order to put on a play legally. Shows to which many theaters attempt to obtain the rights, such as Mamma Mia, are more difficult to get. There are only a limited number of non-professional theaters that are allowed to do a certain show. When a professional group does a certain show, it is even harder for non-professional theaters to obtain rights.

“I am really excited to do this show and think that it will turn out great,” tech theater student Truston Cannon said.

How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying will be the first show with the new auditorium renovations. Students are excitied to check out the new additions.

The play is about a window cleaner named Finch who has a book called How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Finch uses the book to work his way up in a company from being in a mailroom to becoming the vice president of advertising.

The play’s setting takes place in 1960s New York City. In order to represent the 1960s theme, the front entrance to the auditorium will be decorated as if it was the 1960s. All costumes and sets will attempt to be as accurate to the 1960s as possible.

“This show will be really good, and everyone will enjoy it,” junior Jack Durham said.

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