After 3 months of rehearsal, local high school students are putting on a show this weekend. Bucks County Technical High School’s drama club will be performing Frank Loesser’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
This is BCTHS drama’s 19th production since its inception in the fall of 2000. Adrienne Bogarde, social studies teacher and show director, wanted to do a classic Broadway musical this year that fit with the budget and the students.
“When choosing a show to produce, many factors are considered. I take into consideration the budget we have to work with, the members who are returning, and I try to find a show that the audiences will like. How to Succeed… met all the requirements this year, and was a show I had been considering for several years,” Bogarde said. “Having done more contemporary pieces last two years (Once On This Island and Shrek), I wanted the students to have an experience with a traditional Broadway musical.”
How to Succeed in Business without really trying is a satire on corporate America with characters that are stereotypical business people from the 1960s. BCTHS’s drama production has a 40 member cast with students onstage and backstage. Bogarde has directed all 19 productions and says every performance is always different from the last.
“Each show is special for different reasons, but it’s always because of the students involved. This year is no different. I’m most proud of the diversity that we can bring to the stage this year. Our cast this year is made up of 40 students with all levels of abilities. It amazes me to see students at the top of the class sharing the stage with students who have disabilities and working together as a team.”
How to Succeed in Business without really trying will run four performances on March 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the BCTHS Theater Box Office starting one hour before each performance.