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10/3/2012 8:04:00 AM
Windom to stage 1960s 'business' comedy for fall musical

If you're a fan of the popular American Movie Channel TV series Mad Men, then you won't want to miss Windom Area High School's 2012 fall musical.

The Mad Men TV series focuses on the business world of the 1960s, the same time period of the hit musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. But there's one big difference between the two shows, other than one's a TV show and the other is a musical - one's a drama and the other, coming to the WAHS Lecture Hall Theater stage in November, is a comedy.

"It's based on an actual book written in the early 1960s. So, it's kind of a parody on that book," says Director Rachel Axford. "When you look at that book, it's hilarious because it's a sign of the times - a woman's place is in the home; the woman should be there to take care of her husband and not question if he's out late at night, it's not their place. And there were very few women in the workforce at that point. So it deals with some of those issues of having men and women in the same workforce.

"And then there's the parody of, 'Yes, you can actually succeed in business and not be that good at it, if you know the right people and schmooze your way to the top.'  "

Four performances of the musical will be presented Nov. 15-17.

Ticket information will be released in the next two weeks.

The musical focuses on Pierrepont Finch, played by senior Eli Yackel-Juleen, a young, ambitious window washer. With the help of the book How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Finch rises to chairman of the board of the World Wide Wicket Company.

Helping push Finch up the corporate ladder is pretty secretary Rosemary Pilkington, played by junior Emily Axford. In Finch, Pilkington sees her dream of marrying a top business executive and becoming the doting wife.

The show follows the ups and downs of Finch's climb and
Pilkington's dream with plenty of comedy along the way.

"This one has been in the back of my mind. I saw it at Mankato State years ago," says Axford, explaining how she arrived at the musical. "And looking over the cast I had coming up, I knew there were some good parts in this and that we could make this work.

"And I always wanted to do the 'Brotherhood of Man' song at the end of the show. We've got the guys to do that and we've got strong kids in general."

For much more on the musical, see the story on the Education page in the Oct. 3 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands today.


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