Audition Notice: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

Directed by Rick Steinberg
Produced by Priscilla Losey and James Laguna
Choreographed by Miriam Durrie-Kirsch
Music Directed by Rachael Pugh
Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International
How to Succeed... Main Show Page
Audition Dates & Times: 

Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday; January 11th through 13th, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Audition Location: 
Conejo Players Theatre
351 South Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361-1008
Performance Dates: 
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
March 13th through April 12th, 2015, at 8:00 PM 
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM
NO PERFORMANCE April 5th (Easter Sunday)
No conflicts accepted for Performance Dates or the week before Opening


January 19th through March 12th, 2015

Weekdays from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. **Occasional weekend dates as needed**
Audition Requirements: 

All roles are available and casting is open, and newcomers are welcome and encouraged. Please arrive early to facilitate filling out the audition form prior to the start of the auditions. The audition process will include vocals, dance, and cold readings from the script. Auditioners are asked to prepare at least 16 bars of an appropriate musical theatre song; bring sheet music in the correct key, as an accompanist will be provided. All those auditioning will participate in the vocal and dance portions; please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for choreography. A tap dance audition will also be held during auditions for roles where this skill is preferred -- but please do not let this prevent you from auditioning. If you are asked to tap, we just ask that you do your best. (This is NOT a tap-heavy musical.) “Open Call” auditions. No appointment necessary. There is NO PAY.

Plot Summary: 

Power, ambition, greed ... it's just another day at the office! From the authors of Guys and Dolls comes one of the most delightfully irreverent musicals of all time. J. Pierrepont Finch uses a little "how-to" handbook 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, this delightful musical melds wit, comedy, and romance together to hilarious perfection. ~ RATED PG-13

For More Information: 

Please email either James Laguna at, or Pricilla Losey at

Character Breakdown: 

J. PIERREPONT FINCH: Our story's protagonist. An irrepressible, clear-eyed, almost puckish hero, he is a window washer who applies for a job at the World Wide Wicket Company and attempts to climb the "ladder of success." Male, 18-25 yrs. old; vocal range: C3 – G4

BUD FRUMP: The nephew of the company's President and a scheming employee. He is an arrogant sycophant who tries to advance his career by exploiting his family connections. Male, 18-21 yrs. old; vocal range: C3 – F4

GATCH: A sleazy executive with a penchant for the ladies. Male, 40-60 yrs. old

HEDY LaRUE: A voluptuous, sexually charged woman adored by all of the men. She may appear dim-witted, but she knows how to manipulate men to get what she wants. Female, 25-35 yrs. old; vocal range: C4 – Eb5

J.B. BIGGLEY: The stuffed-shirt, philandering President of World Wide Wicket. Beneath his ruthless exterior, he is a college lad at heart with a passion for knitting. Male, 50-65 yrs. old; vocal range: C3 – A4

MISS JONES: J.B.'s stuffy secretary who is abrupt and tough, but soft and kind to those who are good to her. Female, 55-65 yrs. old; vocal range: Bb3 – Gb5

TWIMBLE: He is a fussy, old-fashioned, yet loyal employee at the company. Supervisor of the mailroom, he believes his success is due to his lack of ambition and ability to remain unnoticed. Male, 60-75 yrs. old; vocal range: C#3 – E4

ROSEMARY PILKINGTON: A secretary at the company who is more interested in finding a man than advancing her career. She becomes Finch's love interest. Female, 20-30 yrs. old; vocal range: A3 – B4

SMITTY: A secretary with a painfully dry sense of humor. She is a cynical "working woman" who is on the lookout for a man. Female, 30-40 yrs. old; vocal range: A#3 – G5

WALLY WOMPER: The company's Chief Executive Officer and a former window-washer. Male, 55-70 yrs. old; vocal range: D3 – E4

ENSEMBLE: A large ensemble of men and women is also required to play Executives and Secretaries. Note: These are the roles that have the best dance numbers ...