Music & Lyrics by FrankLoesser Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock & Willie Gilbert
Based on the Book by SheppardMead Originally Presented by Cy Feuer and Ernest H. Martin in Association with Frank Productions
The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized materials are supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
A Note from the Director
When first proposing How to Succeed to MCT as their fall show, I was quite certain the reaction would be less than stellar; why stage a show based on a book written in the 1950’s & set in the 1960’s (the beginnings of the “Mad Men” era) when our country is currently in the process of trying to set new bars of equality & empowerment? The answer is simple & at the core of every artists’ being - to introduce an audience to a story in a way it hasn’t been told before.
And yet, as much as it can feel outdated and irrelevant in 2022, this show makes some very striking criticisms of the mindset of the time - directly calling out sexual harassment in a way that puts the absurdity of it on full display (such as in “A Secretary Is Not a Toy”), or in the growth of Miss Jones’ character from a quiet, abrupt, nononsense assistant to the fun-loving, outgoing, and fully bloomed flower that she becomes.
In the end, the brilliance of How to Succeed lies in its timeless understanding of human nature. As we watch Finch scheme & charm his way up the ladder without consequences - ultimately setting his eye on politics - perhaps the real accomplishment of the show is not as a time capsule, but as a prophecy.Jeffrey Rega Director
Overture ..................Orchestra How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.......................................Finch & Ensemble Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm..............................................................................................Rosemary Coffee Break
Bud Frump & Ensemble Company Way
& Twimble Company Way (Reprise).........................................................Bud Frump, Twimble & Ensemble A Secretary is Not a Toy
& Ensemble Been a Long Day
Finch & Rosemary Been a Long Day (Reprise)..................................................................Bud Frump, Biggley & Hedy Grand Old Ivy
& Biggley Grand Old Ivy (Reprise)
& Biggley Paris Original
Smitty, Krumholtz, Miss Jones & Ensemble Rosemary
Biggley & Ovington Finale, Act 1
Rosemary & Bud - There Will Be a 15 Minute IntermissionACT II Entr’acte ..................Orchestra Cinderella, Darling
Rosemary & Female Ensemble Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm (Reprise)
Love From a Heart of Gold
& Hedy I Believe in You
Tyler Ball as J. Pierrepont Finch
Nicolette Adams as Rosemary Pilkington
Daniel Williams as J.B. Biggley
Matt Bartolotta as Bud Frump
Suzanne Rainear as Hedy LaRue / Co-Dance Captain Cara Nardone as Miss Jones
Doug Pratt as Mr. Bratt
Ron Hamaday as Mr. Twimble / Mr. Womper Katie Sacco as Miss Smitty
Colin Eggert-Crowe as Mr. Gatch Maeve O’Brien as Miss Krumholtz
Bruce Kautsky as Mr. Davis
Ben Fickinger as Mr. Jenkins
Kenneth Olin as Mr. Ovington Griffin Anderson as Mr. Toyenbee
Judy Winship as Miss Tackaberry Natalie Starr as Dance Co-Captian
Executives & Secretaries:
Dani Cantor, Linda Cunningham, Kristin Hegel, Phil Kautsky, Paul Mansfield, Molly McNair, Maddie Sapp, Kayla Smull, Natalie Starr
Nicolette Adams (Rosemary Pilkington)
Nicolette is still in shock over being cast in this amazing role! Past favorite roles include: Ilona Ritter (She Loves Me), Cinderella (Into the Woods), Princess Fiona (Shrek the Musical), and Olive Ostrovsky (25th Annual...Spelling Bee), among many others. Thank you to Jeff and this gorgeous production team for giving me the freedom to make Rosemary more than just your typical ingénue, to Tyler for being so much fun to play with, to Marie, my voice teacher, for preparing me for this audition before we even knew if I was auditioning, and to my husband, Jude, for not auditioning so that I could. ♥
Griffin Anderson ( Toyenbee / Ensemble)
Griffin is super excited to be playing the role of Toynbee in his first show with MCT!!! Some of Griffin’s other credits include: Bunson in Newsies, Baby John in West Side Story, and Diedrich in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Tyler Ball (J. Pierrepont Finch, F-I-N-C-H)
J. Pierrepont Finch can’t wait for you to see his epic rise to the top as he cleverly schemes his way through the world of big business. Of course, he couldn’t do it without all of the helpful advice from his extremely talented cast and crew with whom he is honored to share the stage! H2$ is full of romance, laughter, and vanity all in the confines of the World Wide Wicket Company mailroom, boardroom, and yes, even the bathroom! He hopes you enjoy the show and that by the end, you really feel like part of the “Brotherhood”. Many thanks to his friends and family for their love and support!
Matt Bartolotta (Bud Frump)
Matt is ecstatic to finally make his post-pandemic return to the Shannondell stage! He would like to thank the cast, crew, orchestra, and production team for all their hard work and dedication to helping this show succeed. He would also like to give a special thank you to his wonderful wife, Katie, for her endless love and support. A few of Matt’s favorite roles include: Quasimodo (Hunchback), Archibald (Secret Garden), Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll & Hyde), and Rapunzel’s Prince (Into the Woods).
Dani Cantor (Ensemble)
A marketing copywriter by day, Dani is thrilled to be extending her time spent begging for coffee beyond her standard business hours in H2$. As her surname suggests, she loves singing and has performed with the Philadelphia Chorus for six years in addition to multiple MCT productions. She would like to thank her furry sons, Oliver and Pippin, her family, and her friends for their benevolent brother/sisterhood.
Linda Cunningham (Ensemble)
Linda returns for her second MCT show after Big Fish. She has worked with other community theater groups in the Philadelphia area in such productions as: Cabaret, Moon Over Buffalo, To Kill a Mockingbird, Arsenic and Old Lace, August, Osage County, and more. Linda dedicates her performance to a woman who demonstrates great grace and character on a daily basis, Julia Cunningham.
Colin Eggert-Crowe (Gatch)
Colin is positively chuffed to be on stage for his first production with MCT. It has been a thrill for him to share the stage with such a talented cast and crew. He could not have done this without the confidence and encouragement given by his wife, Elise. He also must thank his family for their everlasting support.
Benjamin Fickinger (Jenkins / Scrubman / Ensemble)
Benjamin is excited to make his MCT debut with the cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying! Previously, Benjamin has performed with Villanova Student Theatre in productions such as: All My Sons and A Streetcar Named Desire. Outside of theatre, Ben spends his time video editing and hanging out with his cat, Cosmo.
Ron Hamaday ( Twimble / Womper)
This is Ron’s first production with MCT, but he is no stranger to musical theater. He has been in over 15 musicals and has produced seven of those shows. You may have seen him perform with the King of Prussia Players and at the Footlighters in Berwyn. Ron would like to thank Jeff and the entire production team of How To Succeed in Business for casting him in the show.
Kristin E. Hegel (Ensemble)
Kristin is overjoyed to be making her MCT debut. Some recent/favorite roles include Adelaide in Guys & Dolls (Players Club of Swarthmore), Fiona in Shrek (PCS), Marcy in Dogfight (New Light Theater), and Ursula/Carmen in Sweet Charity (Ritz Theater Co). She’d like to thank her family, friends, and the neps for all their support.
Bruce Kautsky (Peterson / Davis / Pirate / Ensemble)
Bruce comes to How to Succeed in his second experience in community theater, enjoying his role this past summer as Lt. Brannigan in Guys and Dolls at Forge Theater. In another hobby, Bruce is an 8 year member of the Bryn Mawr Mainliners, a barbershop chorus of 25 men singing 4-part harmony for various events and festivals in the Chester County area. Bruce has some experience in various roles in skits performed as part of Mainliner shows, is a competent trombone player and baritone singer, and is very much enjoying the warm, welcoming, and super-talented cast in this MCT production!
Phil Kautsky (Ensemble)
Phil like his dad, Bruce, is also a Bryn Mawr Mainliner and is very much enjoying his exciting theater experience community at MCT. Phil is a past participant in the Acting Antics program, which provides, through music and theater arts, social instruction to students with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum or with other deficits in social understanding. Phil played, Angie the Ox, in a production of Guys and Dolls this past summer and is totally jazzed with the music and comedy of How To Succeed. He has received a very warm welcome and accommodation from the Production Team and Cast.
Paul Mansfield (TV Announcer / Ensemble)
Paul made his debut on a Broadway stage at age 9 when he appeared in Carl Reiner’s Broadway comedy, Something Different, in 1967. He has appeared in numerous productions on Philadelphia area stages, including: The Walnut Street Theatre, The Prince Theatre, and Longwood Gardens. In New Jersey, he has performed with The Ritz Theatre Company, Levoy Theatre, and The South Camden Theatre Company. Favorite musical roles are: Jud Fry and Ali Hakim in Oklahoma and Nicely Nicely in Guys & Dolls. Paul has done extra work in many movies and television shows, including: The Sopranos, Law & Order, and Saturday Night Live. He is a graduate of Rutgers College (summa cum laude) and New York University School of Law. Thanks to Jeff and MCT for casting me in this wonderful production.
Molly McNair (Scrubwoman / Ensemble)
Molly is thrilled to be back on stage and excited to make her MCT debut in this fantastic show. She was seen last in Legally Blonde as Leilani. She would like to thank her husband, Evan, family, and friends who are always supportive of her theatrical escapades!
Cara Nardone (Miss Jones)
Cara is so happy and thankful to be performing with MCT again. She was last seen as one of the ladies in waiting in their 2016 production of Once Upon a Mattress. Past shows include: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, State Fair (Emily), and Barnum (Charity). Offstage, Cara makes music for the elderly at Senior Lifestyle and teaches paint & sip classes at West Chester’s Painting With A Twist. Endless love and thanks to the entire cast, crew, and production team!
Maeve O’Brien (Ms. Krumholtz)
Maeve is excited to be part of another MCT production! She was recently seen in Twelfth Night (MCT) and Something Rotten (Barn Playhouse), and she was the costume designer for Big Fish this past summer. She would like to thank her family for their support, and the cast and crew for all their hard work.
Kenneth Olin (Ovington / Ensemble)
Ken was last onstage in MCT’s Lend Me A Tenor (Bellhop) in May, as well as several past MCT productions. In November 2021 in Cabaret (Ernst Ludwig). During the pandemic in It’s a Wonderful Life: a Radio Play, as well as, She Loves Me (Headwaiter), Little Women (Mr. Laurence), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, SHOUT! The Mod Musical, The Battle of Shallowford; and My Fair Lady. Beginning with MCT’s during their production of The Producers in 2015. Other favorite shows: Sweet Charity, Urinetown, The Music Man, Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Sound of Music, and Ragtime. Kenneth has a B.A. in Theatre Arts.
Doug Pratt (Bratt)
Doug is excited to return to MCT after playing Don Price in Big Fish! Past favorites include: A Christmas Carol (Mr. Fezziwig), The Addams Family (Mal Beineke), Arsenic and Old Lace (Jonathan Brewster), The Girl Who Would Be King (Duke), Leading Ladies (Duncan), Newsies (Pulitzer), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), Titanic: the Musical (Astor), and To Kill A Mockingbird (Cunningham / Gilmer). Doug music directed The Addams Family, Curtains, Guys and Dolls teen shows and Lucky Stiff at Barley Sheaf. Doug thanks his family for their love and support—especially his wife Laura, who nudged him into this adventure.
Suzanne Rainear (Hedy LaRue / Co-Dance Captain)
Suzanne is excited to be back on the MCT stage. Most recently, she performed in MCT’s production of Cabaret (Texas) and choreographed MCT’s production of Big Fish. Next up, Suzanne is putting her choreographer’s hat back on for Indian Crest’s Spring Musical. Some of Suzanne’s favorite past theater endeavors include: Pippin, West Side Story (Anita), 13 The Musical, Anything Goes, Zombie Prom, Sweeney Todd (Johanna), The Producers (Ulla), Jesus Christ Superstar, The Who’s Tommy (Sally), and Urinetown (Little Becky Two Shoes). Suzanne has been dancing since age 4. Performing is Suzanne’s passion; She is happiest at the theater. She spent a brief but meaningful time studying musical theater at The University of the Arts and graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Public Relations with a Minor in Marketing and a Minor in Arts and Entertainment Management. By day, she plays a Consumer Admin Assistant at a local bank. She would like to thank all of her friends and family for their continued love and support. Shout out to her Univest fam, her ever-supportive parents, and her boyfriend, Jesse.
Katie Sacco (Smitty)
Katie is excited to return to MCT after making her debut with them as Young Jenny in Big Fish. She wants to thank the cast and crew for putting together such a fun show and hopes that the audience has a wonderful time. And if you ever wear the same dress as her, you will simply have to change.
Maddie Sapp (Ensemble)
Maddie is happy to be back on stage for How To Succeed! This is her second MCT show, although she has used theater as a creative outlet for many years. Maddie is a full time nanny, and her other hobbies include reading, macrame, baking, and other crafty things! She would like to thank the cast, pit, and crew for their dedication in creating a fun and memorable show. Enjoy!
Kayla Smull (Ensemble)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is Kayla’s seventh production with MCT and she’s happy to be back! She has performed with multiple community theatres, most recently with Town and Country Players in The Best from the Best Revue and Young Frankenstein. Other productions with MCT include: Little Women, Beauty and the Beast, and The Producers. She would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work as well as her family and friends for their love and support, especially her husband, Matt.
Natalie Starr (Co-Dance Captain / Ensemble)
Natalie is excited to perform with this amazing cast. She isn’t thrilled to do it without coffee. She was previously seen in Big Fish as the co-dance captain and a member of the dance ensemble. Natalie has been dancing since age 3 and is so happy to be part of the theater community.
Daniel Williams (J. B. Biggley)
Dan has performed in numerous productions in the Greater Philadelphia Area including Little Shop of Horrors (Orin Scrivello and others), James and the Giant Peach (Aunt Sponge), Joseph (Jacob/Potifar), Trial by Jury (The Judge, Defendant, Counsel), and The Sorcerer (Alexis). Daniel also originated the role of Dianne Feinstein in Melissa Dunphy’s The Gonzales Cantata. In addition to performing, Daniel is a prolific director having helmed local productions of Assassins, Seussical, The Spongebob Musical, Company, Spelling Bee, Into the Woods, Chess, HMS Pinafore, and a multitude of other G&S shows.
Judy Winship (Tackaberry)
Judy was on the MCT stage this past summer in Big Fish and is happy to be back with this cast and crew for another fun show. Judy is forever grateful for a supportive and loving family. What more could a girl ask for? Maybe some coffee!
Maddie Dixon (Choreographer) Maddie is thrilled to make her choreography debut. Most of her former credits consist of stage performances. She has worked behind the scenes as a junior production assistant and an assistant makeup artist. A couple of her most recent stage credits Seussical (Ensemble/ Gertrude U/S) and Elf (Ensemble) also included working as dance captain and choreographing a couple of numbers within the show. She couldn’t be happier to be working with Jeff Rega and Drew Kalkiewicz again and also to be working with many new faces in the cast and crew. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Drew Kalkiewicz (Vocal Director)
Drew is thrilled to make his MCT debut with such a fun show! Drew is 21 years old and in his 3rd year attending West Chester University majoring in Middle Grades Prep with a concentration in math and science as well as minoring in Music and Math. Although he has much more experience performing as well as teaching children, he has enjoyed a very nice change of pace working with a cast of adults, and such unbelievably talented ones at that! He would like to thank the rest of his team, especially Jeff and Maddie, and his friends and family for all of their support throughout this process. Enjoy the show!
Randall King (Orchestra Director) Randall is normally seen on stage acting but will occasionally move to the other side of the curtain to conduct or play in the orchestra, or to direct/music direct a musical. Some of Randall’s favorite acting roles are: Billy Flynn in Chicago, Juan Peron in Evita, Garry/Roger in Noises Off, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Fred Gaily in Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical, Albert Peterson in Bye, Bye Birdie, and many more. He has directed musicals at theatres in Tennessee, Texas, Florida, and PA. Randall is a retired music educator having taught instrumental and vocal music for 40 years. Randall wants to thank his talented wife, Michele, the “Darling of Community Theatre”, for her love and support.
Jeffrey Rega (Director)
Jeffrey has been involved in performances all of his life; whether that be on stage, backstage, or training colleagues. After graduating with a BFA in Theater from Long Island University, Jeffrey went on to direct off-Broadway for nearly a year where he focused on leading performances with up-and-coming performers. He has staged performances of Kander & Ebb’s The World Goes Round, What Are You Doing in There by Shel Silverstein, All In The Timing by David Ives, and co-lead the creation & launch of a traveling improv group called ...On The Rocks. Recently, Jeffrey had the honor of directing Shrek the Musical at SALT Performing Arts. Special thanks to Shohom Basuthakur for connecting me with this amazing theater company, and everyone on the MCT board & in the cast who welcomed an unknown director with open arms.
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