“How to Succeed” succeeds!
New College’s annual production has recently danced, sung and played its way to a close in front of a full house in fits of laughter. The performance of the hit Broadway musical “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying,” marked a spectacular return to the era of major New College musical’s, 12 years after the inaugural production.
More than 80 collegians dedicated hundreds of hours over nine weeks to stage this comic-gem that takes aim at big business with sharp satirical wit. The Tony Award winner tells the story of a young window washer in the 1960s by the name of J. Pierrepont Finch who discovers a book with instructions on how to climb to the top of the corporate ladder. But it's not long before Finch’s unorthodox and morally questionable business practices jeopardize his career and his flowering romance with Secretary Rosemary Pilkington.
Show-stopping numbers including “Brotherhood of Man” and “Coffee Break,” were performed by a cast of 20 collegians, and played live by a 15 piece orchestra. Behind the scenes, 14 subcommittees worked to perfect each detail of choreography, costume, hair, makeup, props, set and tech design.
Bethany ‘Dot’ Stewart excelled in the challenging role of orchestra conductor while still only in her first year at New College. Ultimately, the production could not have been possible without the dedication and passion of directors Hannah ‘Frenchy’ Boardman and Amy ‘Allianz’ Chang, and producers Kate ‘Chazz’ Hobbs & Mimi ‘Twix’ Rosenbaum.
Throughout the season, there was a buzz in the air as collegians realised they were both reviving an epic tradition and creating a completely unique event in our College’s history and culture. A great sense of pride and college spirit was poured into every aspect of the production. This energy was clear on stage, from the colour to the costumes to the choreography.
“The New College musical was such an entertaining watch. I particularly enjoyed the witty improvisation on Saturday night!” New College Alumna, Adela Davis