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Manchester Valley involves large cast for fall musical

"Power, ambition, greed and romance - just another day at the office. At least that's how it will be portrayed Nov. 15, 16 and 17 in Manchester Valley High School's production of the musical hit 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,'" Bobbi Vinson, director and MVHS drama teacher, wrote in an email.

A cast of 22 girls and 16 boys - the largest ever at MVHS - is involved in this fall production.

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"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" is the story of J. Pierrepont Finch, a window washer who finds a how-to handbook on how to become a business executive in just a few short days. Finch walks in to the World Wide Wicket Company and starts his climb up the corporate ladder. However, Finch soon finds that he has to break hearts and stab his colleagues in the back in order to succeed.

Winning the love of secretary Rosemary Pilkington, Finch impresses boss J.B. Biggley while out-maneuvering Biggley's nephew Bud Frump and learns how to be successful in business in his own way.

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Bud Frump is portrayed by Ethan Breeden, who has been in two other MVHS productions. Vinson said of Breeden: "That kid has mad skills. He is all in all the time. Doesn't matter if he is a knight with no lines or a lead, he gives it his all."

As for Breeden, he has nothing but good things to say about this production. "It's a fantastic show. I've done a show and I've done a musical, but I haven't done anything to compare to this so far ... the large cast presents its own pros and cons. It's like working with a bigger family. With a bigger family, there is more family to fight with but you get more presents at Christmas."

Emma Shipley, who has the role of Rosemary Pilkington, has been in several MVHS plays. "This is my first lead-lead. I like it. It's a lot of fun. It's nice to be a cohesive part of the story, not just a side-note," Shipley said.

See "How to Succeed to Business Without Really Trying" at 7 p.m. today and Saturday in the school auditorium, 3300 Maple Grove Road, Manchester.

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Tickets, available at the door, are $8 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors.

For more information, contact Vinson at 410-386-1673.

Winter Fest

St. Bartholomew Catholic Church will have its annual Winter Fest from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sunday at the Manchester fire company's activities building, 3297 York St., Manchester.

Shop for hand-sewn, handmade crafts and items for the whole family - along with jewelry, used books, plants and religious articles. A silent auction and a 50/50 raffle as well as theme-basket raffle will be available.

There will be a children's area with games and gingerbread houses to decorate for a small charge.

Also look for homemade baked goods and a What's Cooking that features only food or cooking items such as homemade salsa, pickles, cookie mixes, spaghetti sauce, handmade scrubbies, kitchen gift baskets and more.

Breakfast and lunch will be available both Saturday and Sunday.

Santa will arrive by fire truck at 11 a.m. Saturday and will stay until 1 p.m.

Call Lynn Szymanski at 410-239-8881 to learn more.

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