Chloe Turner and Reagan Maginn rehearse a scene from the upcoming Madison Consolidated High School Theatre Department presentation of the Broadway musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Chloe Turner and Reagan Maginn rehearse a scene from the upcoming Madison Consolidated High School Theatre Department presentation of the Broadway musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Madison Consolidated High School students will perform the Broadway musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" this weekend.

The shows will be Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The production features a cast of more than 50 students, many of whom are male actors.

"This one is a big showcase for our male ensemble," said Aaron Kelsey, director and MCHS teacher.

The two-act musical will be the school's final performance of the fall semester. It runs about two hours and 30 minutes and includes the accompaniment from the school band.

The musical was written by Frank Loessner. It opened on Broadway and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama Award in 1962.

The show is a satire of the American business world. It follows J. Pierrepont Finch, a young window cleaner in New York City who is drawn to a book, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Finch uses the book to climb the corporate ladder quickly but hits a few obstacles along the way, eventually becoming torn between his desire to become a successful business executive and his newfound love, Rosemary.

"It's a witty show," Kelsey said, noting that children may not understand some of the humor.

The students have worked on the musical over the past two months. The show is an extracurricular activity and is not part of the student's course work.

Next year, Kelsey said students are scheduled to perform "A Year with Frog and Toad" in March and then the musical "Shrek" in April.



Cast: Finch, Reagan Maginn; Gatch, Jed Carter; J.B. Biggley, Sam McIlvain; Bratt, Tristan Kelsey; Bud Frump, Nash Grooms; Mr. Twimble, Cole Callahan; Womper, Max McGee; Jenkins, Elijah Pahls; Davis, Spencer Spaulding; TV host, Austin Brady; policeman, Tim Swigger; Toynbee, Trey Jones; Ovington, Matt Williams; Rosemary, Chloe Turner; Smitty, Kayla Cieslinski; Miss Jones, Karrington True; Hedy, Elizabeth Gee; Miss Krumholtz, Hannah Rowlett; scrub women, Courtney Richmond and Alicia Pearson; and Wicket girls, Hannah Miller and Rebecca Wickersham.

Men's Chorus: Cole Callahan, Max McGee, Elijah Pahls, Spencer Spaulding, Austin Brady, Tim Swigger, Trey Jones, Matt Williams, Casey Williams, Tristan Kelsey and Luke Lipps.

Women's Chorus: Courtney Richmond, Hannah Miller, Alicia Pearson, Constance Dean, Rebecca Broadus, LaRose Nicolas, Rebecca Wickersham, Anya Fellenz, Kayla Cieslinski, Karrington True and Hannah Rowlett.

Orchestra: Chricket King, piano; Judy Skiles, keyboard; Tim Chandler and Brian Teater, drums; Mike Hopper, bass; Devin Cranford, piccolo/flute; Veronica Hartless and Morgan Foxworthy, clarinet; Logan Kinman and Macy Lyons, alto saxophone; Nick Dozier, tenor saxophone; Ryan Day, Aaron Blades and Courtney Cox, trumpet; Aleah Cutshall, French horn; Tom Kennedy, Bri Powell, Conner Richmond and Eric Gruber, trombone; and Mitch Marsh, Seth Brawner and Mitch Shaw, percussion.

Director: Aaron Kelsey.

Music Director: Kathy Risk- Sego.

Assistant Director: Melanie Torline

Accompanist: Chricket King.

Choreographer: Jill Miers.

Crew: Laura Ratcliff, Katie Spencer, Ben Ratcliff, Brooke Tucker, Hannah Riley, Tristyn Smolarczyk, Lucas Fisher, Matthew Podczerwinski, Ryan Hammond, Natalie Bear, Bruce Kennedy and Carrie Smith.