Centre Stage to perform “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” Big business means big laughs in the Centre Stage season finale, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” featuring a cast of Centre Stage teens, local adult men and women and numerous Houston professional performers, beginning June 8. Based on the original book, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” the show is set in the World Wide Wicket Company, where noone seems to know what anyone else is doing and an irrepressible window washer, J. Pierrepont-Finch, rises to the top of the corporate ladder in a matter of days with the help of a how-to book. The show first opened on Broadway in 1961, and won seven Tony Awards and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for drama. A highly-regarded revival staring Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullally ran for 548 performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 1995, and won Broderick a Tony Award for his performance of Finch. “This is going to be a wonderful and professional production and a great opportunity to introduce many new people to Centre Stage,” said Barry Dean, artistic director. “Although Centre Stage will always present family entertainment, this production is geared more towards an adult audience due mainly to its satirical look at corporate America in times gone by. We chose this particular show because it is a wonderful show to let the community understand that we also provide a venue for adults.” Opening night is June 8 at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. through June 17. Performances will be held at the Nathaniel Center, located at 804 Russell Palmer Road in Kingwood. In keeping with the musical theater theme, Centre Stage will offer intimate table seating with a cash bar, and an assortment of party platters will be available for each table. The cast includes Mark Mendez for the lead role of J. Pierrepont Finch, Ryann Chambers as Rosemary Pilkinton, Finch's love interest; Sara Preisler as Smitty; Patrick Wilson as Bud Frump; and Alli Harper as Hedy La Rue. Adult Centre Stage veteran, Weir Kyle, will play J.B. Biggley, president of the World Wide Wicket Company, and Donna Hannah play the role of his secretary, Miss Jones. Other featured cast members include Matt Tramel, Rick Lindholtz, Greg Hannah, Greg Smith, James Sullivan, Sal McClemore, Charla Wilkes, Stacey Pierce, Eric Vaughn, Kathy Red and Susan Cilie'. “This is the first Centre Stage show since 1997's 'Little Shop of Horrors' to cast non-student adults in an effort to ensure a broader audience base for the organization, as well as providing an outlet for the tremendous local adult talent who do not currently have a venue to perform high quality musical theater,” said Dean. The show will feature elaborate scenery and costumes, as well as a live professional union orchestra. For more information, call 281-540-0078, or purchase tickets online at www.tix.com. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Photo: Members of the cast of Centre Stage's production of “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” include Danielle Straitwell, from left, Mark Chambers, Melissa Krueger, James Sullivan and Gloria Mitchell; Sal McLemore, center; Susan Cilie and Kristen Flack, bottom, from left. Photo courtesy of Pat and Ray's Studio

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