The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comedy hit, "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" will be staged this weekend by students at Canterbury School.

Shows will be presented Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12. Doors will open at Maguire Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. for an 8 p.m. curtain.

Free seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

The play depicts the personal and professional peaks and valleys of former window washer J. Pierrepont Finch as he employs his wiles and charm to climb the corporate ladder.

Frank Loesser created the music and lyrics, with book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert.

The show is based on a 1952 book by Shepherd Mead.

"How To Succeed" won seven Tony Awards during its first Broadway run in 1962 and was revived in both 1995 and 2011.

Among those performing the leads are Tom Harrison of Newtown as Finch, Logan Pettinato of Sherman as Bud Frump, Stacie DeGrazia of Brookfield as Rosemary Pilkington, K.J. Ebner of Harwinton as J.B. Biggley, Hayley Pettinato of Sherman as Miss Jones, Lydia Haynes of Ridgefield as Hedy LaRue, Joe Najm of New Milford as Milton Gatch, Loren Winters of Sherman as Miss Krumholtz and Ally LaVigne of New Milford as Smitty.

The play is directed by Canterbury faculty member Madeline Dreeke. Seth Menghi of Granby supervises the student stage crew as stage manager.

­-- Norm Cummings

Photography by Norm Cummings