BCP Opener all ‘Business’

ISSUE photo by Andy Coughlan
Kristie Burns, who plays Hedy La Rue, rehearses a song with Jay Vinecour during a rehearsal for “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Beaumont Community Players will begin the 2013-2014 season with the classic musical “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Director Keith Cockrell said there is one simple reason to see the show — it’s hilarious.

“It’s one of the funniest scripts ever written, and the music is really good,” he said. “(Composer) Frank Loesser really has the knack. And this is a case where a really funny script has combined with his great music.”

The show opens Sept. 6 and runs through Sept. 21 for eight performances, including a matinee Sept. 14.

Jacob Wills, who was seen most recently in Studio 33’s “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” heads a cast of more than 30.

The show follows the exploits of J. Pierrepont Finch, a young window cleaner in New York City, who reads the book “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” as he works. Determined to follow the book’s advice, he goes to the World Wide Wicket Company in search of a job. Over the course of 24 hours, we follow his process to the boardroom.

The play is full of recognizable songs, including “Brotherhood of Man,” “I Believe in You,” “Been a Long Day,” “Company Way” and “Coffee Break.”

“It’s a funny, funny show and audiences really enjoy it,” Cockrell said.

For tickets, visit www.beaumontcommunity players.com.

The Betty Greenberg Performing Arts Center is located at 4155 Laurel Ave. in Beaumont.