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  • SLT auditions slated

  • Auditions scheduled Sunday and Monday.
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  • Shawnee Little Theatre will hold auditions for its spring production of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” Sunday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. at Shawnee Little Theatre, 1829 Airport Road and Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. at Shawnee High School Performing Arts and Athletic Center.
    Directed by Scott Bartley, with musical direction by Sara Ledford and choreography by Kelli Foresee the production will be performed April 4, 5, 8, 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and April 6 at 2 p.m.
    This is a satire of big business and all it holds sacred. "How to Succeed..." follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant "company man," the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.
    Winner of the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" melds wit, comedy, and romance together to perfection. Shawnee Little Theatre originally produced the play in 1983.
    The large cast for the musical comedy includes roles for singers and dancers preferably ages 18 and older. Some actors will be assigned multiple parts. The role of J. B. Biggely has been cast. All other roles are open. All ages may sign up for backstage positions at the time of auditions.
    Shawnee Little Theatre is now in rehearsal for the stage version of the acclaimed drama “Steel Magnolias” to be performed in February. “How To Succeed…” will end the current season in April. A season extra “Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.” performed with a teenage cast will be presented in June.
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