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November 06, 1966 - Image 12

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By DEBORAH REAVEN But not for long. Mr. Twimble
I(Harry Winer) has been promotedj
der of success? Soph Show '66 is from head of the mailroom to{

preparing a lesson that should
prove helpful as they get ready
to present "How to Succeed in
Business Without Really Trying."
Nov. 10-12.
Even if the top of the business
world is not on your mind, the
evening should prove to be en-
tertaining. Eight months of hard
work have gone into the presen-
tation of the delightful, prize-.
winning musical. Co-chairmen
Ann Haake, '69 and Don Borod,
'69, were chosen last spring and
since then things have been build-
ing up for opening night.
The first consideration was "How


head of shipping. On the basis of
merit, ' he picks Finch to be his
successor, But Finch won'.t have
it. He gives the job to Bud Frump,
the boss's scheming, mama's-boy
nephew played by Dan Fairchild.
And just in time to get Bratt
off the hook with Biggley. Seems
that whenever Frump wants a
promotion or thinks something's
going on that he doesn't like, he
cries to his mother who in turn.
complains to her sister who com-
plains to her husband, Biggley.
This time, Frump wanted Twim-
ble's job-and he got it. Finch had
something else.lined up.

up her mind that she is going to by joining him ini singing the one that will work. Biggley, anx-
marry Finch and she tells her fight song "Stand OLD Ivy" and ious to keep the discouraged Hedy
plans to her friend Smitty (Emily exposes the newly appointed vice- with the company, convinces Finch
in president as a Gopher, the arch- to use her as the World Wide
Wade). But Finch is interested rivals of the Groundhogs. Wicket Treasure Girl, part of the
his career more than anything television show. And then disaster.
else and she must be content to He also proceeds to discover he
wait by the sidelines. is in love with Rosemary and the' The television show fails, the
two find that "suddenly there is company is near ruin and Finch is
Enter Hedy LaRue, the sexy music in the sound of your name." on his way out. He is about to sign
bombshell that wants to be a see- But the career interferes again and his resignation in front of all the
retary and just happens to be Rosemary must again sit on the j executives when he and Wally
Biggley's girl friend, Played by sidelines as intermission steps in Womper, chairman of the board
Kathe Knack, Hedy starts her new Finch's way, (Harry Winer, both discover that
career by promoting a fight to they were window-washers before
see who will have her as their Finch now faces the problem of entering big business. Finch again
secretary. Naturally, it's Finch, coming up with a new advertis- saves himself and the results are
who is as surprised as Rosemary ing gimmick. Frump, quick to give not a surprise to anyone in the
at his new helper. Realizing that him any aid that might result in;company.
someone with as few abilities as his being kicked out of the firm.
Hedy has must have a "Protector" suggests a televised treasure hunt, The Abe Burrows-Frank Loesser
and finding out that it is Biggley, already violently turned down by comedy offers something for ev-
he promptly uses Hedy to depose his uncle. Finch, stuck for an idea eryone, combining Humor, sex,
the lecherous Gatch and take over grabs it and with' the unwitting suspense and treachery into a rol-
his position. aid of Rosemary, now his secre- licking musical hit.
tary, thinks of a new angle. Soph Show '66 learned a valuable
Ponty, as he is now called, pro- '
'" n frv ' n'W0 n --how to


to choose the right company,"a1With the aid of Miss Jones (Lu-

Bratt and Frump look on in disgust and resignation as Finch works his charms on the chairman
of the board, Wally Womper (Harry Winer).

lesson taught in the opening num-
ber of the show. Central commit-.
tee was chosen last year and au-
ditions for the production were
held in September, before classes
started. Rehearsals began imme-
diately with director Sue Demirsky
and vocal director Laurie Daniels
working with the cast and musical
director Art Chodoroff with the
It all starts with a window-
washer and a book. The window-
washer is J. Pierrepont Finch,
spelled F-I-N-C-H as he will in-
cessantly remind all the execu-
tives. The book is "How to Suc-
ceed in Business Without Really
Trying" and it contains lessons
in everything from how to apply
for a job to how to commute. In
the opening number we see Finch
as he finally decides to step up
in the world and become an exe-
cutive of the World Wide Wicket
From then on, the company
must stand by and watch as the
charming, bright young man, play-
ed by Mark Peterman, and de-
scribed as the "eagerest beaver
of all" captures job after job as
well as the heart of Miss Rose-
mary Pilkington, a secretary of
the company (Lucy Becker).
Finch uses his wiles to land a
job by bumping first into J.B.
Biggley, president of the company
(Phil Porach) and then inform-
ing Bratt, in charge of personnel,
that Biggley had said to see him
for a job. Naturally Bratt (Herb
Baraff) thinks that Finch is a
personal friend of Biggley's, a de-
ception Finch does not dispell. And
so, Finch joins World Wide Wick-
ets as a mailboy.


lor a Juno e eecu~v Ile , cra

and Systems department under ceeds to become vice-president in' He enlists Hedy's heip andin
Gatch (Danny Nathan). His charge of advertising, despite his presentation of his idea to the
"generosity" is soon rewarded Frump's attempts to interfere. He executive board, slyly convinces
with the position. leads Biggley to believe he has Biggley that the idea he once
Meanwhile, Rosemary has made graduated from the same school thought was terrible is actually

lesson from Fmcn- is oo iu
choose the right company. They
also chose the right play to give
an evening of fine entertainment
to all.

cy Aptekar). Biggley's secretary,
Finch has learned of an opening
i Mr j i,-n,' x ci itivP ini the Plans


Finch (Mark Peterman) joins the other executives in the washroom as they plot how to stop his spectacular and rapid rise to the, top.
The execs are (1-r) Frump (Dan Fairchild), Tackaberry (John Brizdle), Finch, Bratt (Herb Baraff), and Jenkins (Lorin Woolfe).

Smitty (Emily Wade, left) and Miss Krumholtz (Debi Berkson) rehearse together.

W ithout



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The entire company joins in the finale. Leading the rollicking number are (1-r) Finch, Rosemary, Hedy, Mr. Womper and Smitty.

Rosemary (Lucy Becker) sets her cap for Finch (Mark Peterman)
and, although his career often stands in her way, she achieves
her goal and makes the secretary's dream come true.

Hedy (Kathe Knack) and Biggley (Phil Porach) have a lovers'
spat over her threatened resignation. He won.
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