Richard Huish College students took to the big stage to present this year’s tune-filled musical comedy ‘How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying’.

Huish teamed up with The Brewhouse Theatre to present the charmingly clever musical comedy, which ran over 3 nights from 31st January to 2nd February. Packed with power, love, ambition and greed, it was just another day at the office in this classic musical send-up of big business.

Students studying a range of subjects had the opportunity to come together to share in their love of musical theatre to make up the cast and chorus, band and technical crew, capturing the audience with catchy tunes including ‘I Believe in You’, ‘Brotherhood of Man’ and ‘The Company Way’.

How to Succeed in Business is written in the style of a satire and follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, played by Jake Kuliszewski, 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. On route tackling familiar but potent dangers, such as the aggressively compliant ‘company man’, the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.

Set in the 1960’s the play explores the struggle between gender roles and expectations of gender specific occupations; we still see this in today’s society and even though we have seen a societal development of gender roles since the 1960’s, the students enjoyed exploring and discussing these still very relevant issues.

Director and Course Manager for A Level Drama and Theatre, Gemma Thompson, commented ‘This past five months we have seen the students develop their performance skills and really come together to form this amazing cast. They worked so hard and have been a pleasure to teach and as always, we are very proud of their achievements’.

Some of the feedback received from the audience:

“This was a most amazing performance. Every part was superb and a real credit to everyone involved. Every bit as good as many a professional performance, well done.” – From Mayor of Taunton Deane, Cllr Hazel Prior-Sankey.

“Just a brief note to say thank you for inviting me to see such an enjoyable performance last week. I was hugely impressed at the standard and quality of it and had a really great evening.” – From Chris Garcia, Chief Executive, Heart of South West LEP.

“Well done to all involved in Richard Huish College’s production. A fantastic evening’s entertainment, a ridiculous amount of hard work needed to produce such a polished show. The music was fabulous, all singers superb. I would go and see it again tomorrow if it were repeated!” – From a Music Teacher at Heathfield School.

“Just wow! Friday’s performance was stunning – an amazing show which demonstrated incredible commitment on the part of everyone involved! What talent! Well done Huish!” – From Liz Hutchin, Co-Organiser Taunton Live Arts’ Festival.

“Just a quick note to say huge congratulations for tonight’s show. What an amazing job you did with the music, musicians and cast. We thoroughly enjoyed the show.” – From Parents of a student in the band.

“What a fantastic show!!! Amazing. I have just returned home and felt I needed to say Wow! Well done.’ – From a Woodwind teacher.