The plot boldly lampoons the notion in corporate America that one can rise to the top with little more than charm and chutzpah. And, in the process s/he can garner praise, attention, and romance. Were it not for the fact that Finch, the center of the satire, is such a deep-down good person, the mood would be far less ebullient. As it is, we revel in the ruse as much as in the result—an honestly happy ending.
The company includes Arik Clark as J. Pierrepont Finch and Addie Mahdavi as Rosemary Pilkington; Jesse Cannella is JB Biggley, Patrick Hauer is Bud Frump, Jasmine Domenick is Hedy Larue; Zoe Soule is Bratt; Madison Cannella is Smitty; Gabriel Vanni-Phillips is Jones; Kayla Williams is Miss Krumholtz; Kenny Cashman is Mr. Womper; and Adam Culver is Mr. Twimble. Supporting cast includes Sarah Anderson, Vinnie Ferrizzi, Violet Webster, Jessop Burrow, Sean Kiziltan, Sam Thibault, Mariah Maytas, Sage Hall, Nathaniel Van Osdol, Anastasia Stevens, Natalie Cullen, and Summer Performing Arts Exploration participants Skye Richardson from Townshend Elementary and Veronica Stevens from Newbrook Elementary.
Ann Landenberger is director; Abby Wicker, L&G ’02, is assistant producer and head costumer; Ron Kelley is music director. In the the pit band is Dan Dewalt, pianist; Fraser Query, drums; Susie Francy, reeds; Tom Walters, bass; Daniel Timmermans and Carl Judd-Wright, trumpets. Kristen Carmichael-Bowers is vocal coach; Mae Cramp is set designer with assistance from crew and Players’ parents. Johanna Gardner. Madison Cannella, Rachael Turner, and Mariah Maytas are choreographers. Crew includes Genevieve Darling, Olivia Reilly, Rachel Spence, Greer Bills, Summer Bills, Stephen Scott, Max Cramp, Nate Laning, Sage Hall, Grant Cullen, Brittany Sablovski, Alexa Litchfield, Fairen Stark, Mehram Zain, Oly Gurik, Alexis Lawrence, and Sam Harrison. Sound crew is aided this year by training with music faculty member Tom Walters. Parent volunteers assist in many facets of production.
The prices for the tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors. For information and reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Annie Landenberger at (802) 365-7355, ext. 204.