MYP Second Stage is a true community theatre experience! Who are we looking for?
How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying does not have any children in the cast, so we are limiting participants to high school and older. Visit the show website at MTI for a full cast list.
Our 2018 Second Stage show is the Tony Award-winning Broadway smash, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying! A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant "company man," the office party, backstabbing coworkers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.
Visit the show page at MTI for a full synopsis, character list, and song samples.
Maryville Young Players was absolutely THRILLED when the Maryville community voted to support the arts and build a brand new, state-of-the-art performing arts center! So, we are excited to announce that through a partnership with the Maryville R-II School District, MYP Second Stage will once again take place at the beautiful Schneider Center for the Performing Arts at Maryville High School, 1502 S. Munn St., Maryville, Missouri. See a map
Here is the schedule for How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (subject to change!):
You may have noticed that we've kept the compact MYP method of rehearsals! That means a majority of memorization has to be completed by the time rehearsals start!
Good question! First and foremost, we LOVE the arts and we love providing performance opportunities for our community! For years, we've had people ask about doing a show for adults and students beyond middle school, and we are finally at a place (and HAVE a place, thanks to the Maryville School District) to give it a shot.
Doing Second Stage also allows MYP directors, staff, and volunteers the chance to be in a show! It's fun, it's challenging, it promotes the arts!
Our first-ever Second Stage show during the summer of 2017 was nothing short of magical. It was the perfect small town community theatre experience, and we are thrilled to be able to bring it back for 2018. We hope you'll join us on stage or in the audience!
How big will the cast be?
The MYP philosophy has always been about providing an opportunity for people to participate in the arts, either through our main MYP shows for the kiddos or Second Stage for high school and up. So, the cast size will be how ever many people want to be in the show! Last year, Dolly was about 55 people (not counting tech, stage crew, etc.).
How will you assign roles?
All of the roles will be cast by audition . Auditions will be held June 16th, and will consist of dialog and singing.
Is this a "camp"? What is the cost?
Second Stage uses a more traditional community theatre model, so no registration or registration fee, no extra classes or picnics or medals or snacks (wait, there will probably be snacks!).
Is this only for MYP alumni?
Absolutely NOT! We want ANYONE interested in musical theatre to try out! Worried about your acting or singing chops? Don't! Even if this is your first time, we will need chorus members!
We are ecstatic to announce that Marilyn Rhea, past MHS Vocal Music Director, show choir judging extraordinaire, MYP volunteer, and all around swell person will be directing our journey once again!
What will rehearsals look like?
We are planning to do three weeks of rehearsals, staring July 5th. The schedule is generally every weeknight for a couple of hours each night. HOWEVER, late-night rehearsals are possible (especially during production week). This will be the MYP-method of coming to rehearsals memorized, and then having a short time to put everything together (3 weeks of rehearsal is less than half of a "normal" production schedule!).
Set? Costumes? Are you doing the original version?
Yep, we are doing the whole enchilada, with an intermission and everything! We will have full costumes, sets, tech (sound and lights). It's gonna be awesome!
How are you paying for all of this?
Thanks to many years of generosity from the MYP family, we have been able to build a piggy bank to front the costs for Second Stage. We are hoping to at least break even with our ticket sales.