May Day Musical


Bluffton to stage Pulitzer Prize-winning musical

Tickets are on sale for Bluffton University’s May Day-weekend production of the musical comedy “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Dr. Melissa Friesen, a professor and chair of communication and theatre at Bluffton, will direct the show, to be staged May 1-3 in Founders Hall. Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, an assistant professor of music, is music director/conductor. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. nightly; tickets, $13 for reserved seats and $5 for general-admission bleacher seats, are available online at or, beginning April 1, from 2-4 p.m. weekdays at the Sommer Center box office.

In the 1962 Pulitzer Prize-winning show, ambitious young J. Pierrepont Finch makes his way from lowly window washer to corporate executive by consulting the handbook “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Through infectious music and clever dialogue, the musical satirizes nepotism, yes-men, gender stereotypes in the workplace and power-hungry corporate climbers.

The cast of more than 20 includes Eliot Nofziger, a senior from Archbold, Ohio, as Finch, and Amanda Bartel, a sophomore from Iowa City, Iowa, as the female lead, Rosemary.

Lydia Speicher, a Bluffton senior from Marysville, Ohio, is the stage manager for the show. Mervin Schrock is technical director, and the costume designer is Joan Bauer. Cathy Stratford is the accompanist.