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DWS puts finishing touches on musical

Marli Collier, left, and Will Sewell rehearse a scene Thursday from Deerfield-Windsor School’s production of “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.”

Marli Collier, left, and Will Sewell rehearse a scene Thursday from Deerfield-Windsor School’s production of “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.”

ALBANY, Ga. — Deerfield-Windsor School senior Emily Stone has been acting since the fourth grade and enjoys the challenge of taking on new characters. She’ll put that talent to use for the final time at Deerfield next week when the school’s players open their annual spring musical, “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

The DWS troupe of 59 cast members and 10 stage hands will hold three performances beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.

The story centers on young, ambitious J. Pierrpont Finch (played by Chandler Lane) who, with the help of the book “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” rises from window washer to chairman of the board of the World Wide Wicket Company.

Along the way, Stone’s character (Rosemary Pilkington) falls in love with Finch and things get complicated.

“I enjoy playing opposite Chandler, and it’s always rewarding to play a character who knows what she wants and knows how to get it,” said Stone, who will attend Ole Miss in the fall and plans to major in theater. “I’ve been acting since the fourth grade, and I always take time to study my character. I have to project myself into the role.”

Will Sewell, a sophomore, plays the part of World Wide Wicket Company owner J.B. Biggley.

“He (Biggley) is all business and not very fond of his wife,” Sewell said, alluding to the affair Biggley is having with his secretary, Hedy LaRue, played by Marli Collins. “I like acting and singing, and a show like this brings us (the students) all together. That’s really what I enjoy most of all.”

Taylor Richter plays Brad Frump, Biggley’s lazy nephew who becomes Finch’s nemesis as the young men battle on a race up the company ladder.

“Bud is not a very likeable person,” Richter said. “He thinks he’s all that and believes he’s the one who is really in charge of the company. This is my sixth show, and it’s fun to be around all my friends and enjoy the non-stop excitement of watching eveything come together.”

Show director and DWS teacher Dianne Giddens agrees.

“I get a thrill out of seeing the kids get on stage, watching the finished product and to see what they have become,” Giddens said. “It really gives all of us a great sense of pride and accomplishment.”

Tickets are on sale now for $15 at the DWS upper campus and will be available at the Municipal Auditorium box office an hour before the curtain rises.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.