Westfield Offers Spring Musical

WESTFIELD – Westfield Academy and Central School will present the musical “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” at 7:30 p.m. on March 15-16 in the school auditorium.

Music and lyrics are written by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert.

Featured in the production will be around 70 high school students in a comic presentation of how window washer J. Pierrepont Finch rises to chairman of the board of the World Wide Wicket Corporation. The musical originated in the early 1960s and was recently revived on Broadway in 2011 featuring Daniel Radcliffe.

Kenny Wood, a Westfield Academy and Central School senior, will star as Pierrepont Finch; Lucy Knappenberger as his love interest, Rosemary; Bill Nowell as J.B. Biggley, the president of the company; Chris Cockram as Bud, the boss’s nephew; and Kristin Grohol as the stunning Hedy LaRue.

The production is choreographed by Emma Bishop and Chloe Forsell. Mrs. Bishop, in addition to being a graduate of Westfield High School, has operated the Centerstage Dance Studio in Westfield for 25 years. Previous to that, she worked in New York City as a Rockette and as a dance teacher. She also has many years experience choreographing for high schools in New Jersey.

Tickets are available pre-sale by calling the school at 326-2151 or from a cast member. The production is directed by Kent Knappenberger.