Rosemary (Laura Solocius), Smitty (Trisha Carr) and Finch (Vincent McCoy)
An eager and enterprising window washer, one J. Pierrepont Finch, feels he is destined for greatness in the corporate world. To achieve his goals, he follows to the letter the advice dictated by a book entitled “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” That book and his story are being delightfully revealed by the Stage II Community Production at Waterbury’s Seven Angels Theatre the weekend of September 14-16.
With the World Wide Wicket Company as his canvas, Vincent McCoy’s Finch is focused on the big desk in the large corner office, the one currently occupied by the company president J. B. Biggley (Jeff Savage). Starting in the mailroom, Finch doesn’t object to being on the lowest rung of the ladder, as long as he ultimately reaches his goal. He is the proverbial Jacob climbing the ladder to heaven, and he will dispense with all those, the proverbial angels, perched to stand in his way.
Vincent McCoy is deliciously ambitious and cleverly humble, portraying Finch with a touch of humility and a whole lot of good natured generosity. By his side the whole way is his new girlfriend/secretary/soon-to-be wife Rosemary, a supportive and sweet Laura Solocius, who boosts his rise to success at every step. The other women at the company, like Smitty (Trisha Carr) and Miss Jones (Suzanne Powers) also help Finch along while he almost get detoured from his aims by the sexually scheming Hedy La Rue, a vivacious Jeannine Gallmeyer, and the boss’s nephew Bud Frump, a devilishly conniving Ian Galligan, who wants to beat Finch at his game.
Tom Chute, who doubles as the voice of the book, directs this talented cast who bring this Frank Loesser musical to wonderful life. Their rendition of “Brotherhood of Man,” with clever choreography by Jessica McCuiston and musical direction by Sean Lewis, is a show stopper.
For tickets ($25, season subscribers $20), call Seven Angels Theatre, Plank Road, Hamiliton Park Pavilion, Waterbury at 203-757-4676 or online at www.SevenAngelsTheatre.org. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m and Sunday at 2 p.m. A portion of ticket sales goes to WATR Sunshine Fund for Kids to help needy families.
Come enjoy and believe in a large local cast as they have a lot of fun creating Finch’s amazing ascent up the corporate ladder in this Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical.