November 9, 2014

How to Succeed in Entertainment in Four Steps

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For the last two weekends, the Ithaca College School of Humanities and Sciences, School of Music and Department of Theatre Arts have ostensibly been putting on a show about how to succeed in business. In fact, the full title of their show How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying further reflects this idea. The play follows the young and highly ambitious  J. Pierrepont Finch (Matt Madden, a senior at Ithaca College) in his fight to raise his ranking in the World Wide Wicket Company with only the help of a how-to guide. Yet, as Finch schemes his way from unemployed to mailroom worker to Chairman of the Board of the World Wide Wicket Company, it becomes apparent that how to become a business mogul isn’t the only thing Ithaca College Theater is educating its audience about; how to put on a successful production is another focus of its education. Although great entertainment is rarely formulaic, if team members of Ithaca College Theater involved in this production were writing their own how-to  guide, I imagine this is would be the beginnings of  it:

Courtesy of Ithaca College