Shoestring Theatre Inc
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
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Please prepare a 32 bar or 1 minute cut of a song similar to the style of the show that demonstrates your range and abilities. Songs from the show are acceptable.

Cold reads from scripts will also be used to gauge character interactions.

You may be asked to sing a callback at auditions. See link for what to prepare.

Dance auditions will be required, please bring comfortable clothes and shoes you can move in.


Looking for larger-than-life characters with great comedic timing. Intentionally seeking actors from the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community.

Everyone cast must be available for all shows and all tech week rehearsals.

The Shoestring Theatre is a local community theatre in Volusia County, Florida.

**If you would like to audition but are unable to make in-person auditions, please email


Character Breakdown:

J. Pierrepont Finch
Our story's protagonist. An irrepressible, clear-eyed, almost puckish hero, he is a window washer who applies for a job at the World Wide Wicket Company and attempts to climb the ‘ladder of success’ by any and all means necessary. Exudes charisma, confidence, and unwavering tenacity.
Gender: Male-presenting
Age: 20-30
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C3

A hopeless romantic secretary at the company who is aware that finding a man will get her where she wants to be faster than her career will. Smart, kind, and quippy, she becomes Finch's love interest and proves to be his equal.
Gender: Female-presenting
Age: 20-30
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: A3

J.B. Biggley
The stuffed-shirt, philandering President of the World Wide Wickets Company. Beneath his ruthless exterior, he is a hopeless romantic with a passion for knitting.
Gender: Male-presenting
Age: 50+
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: C3

Bud Frump
Biggely's nephew and scheming employee. He is an arrogant sycophant who tries to advance his career by exploiting his family connections. Comedic timing, nuance, and physicality are a must.
Gender: Male-presenting
Age: 18-35
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: C3

A secretary with a painfully dry sense of humor. Rosemary’s best friend with an incredibly real outlook on life… sometimes too realistic.
Gender: Any or Female-presenting
Age: 30-40
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: A3

A voluptuous, sexually-charged woman adored by all of the men. She may appear dim-witted, but she knows how men think and how to use that to get what she wants.
Gender: Female-presenting
Age: 25-45
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Miss Jones
J.B.'s stuffy secretary who is abrupt and tough, but soft and kind to those who are good to them.
Gender: Any or Female-presenting
Age: 40+
Vocal range top: Gb5 (preferably higher)
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Mr. Twimble
A fussy, old-fashioned, yet loyal employee at the company for 25 years. Supervisor of the mailroom, he believes his success is due to his lack of ambition and ability to remain unnoticed.
Gender: Male-presenting
Age: 50 to 75
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: C#3

A sleazy executive with a penchant for the ladies. Large speaking part, no stand-alone vocal solos but will sing heavily in the ensemble.
Gender: Male-presenting
Age: Any

Wally Womper
The company's Chief Executive Officer and a former window-washer.
Gender: Male-presenting
Age: 50+
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: D3

Benjamin Bratt
Executive in charge of personnel. Hires Finch and instructs fellow employees that “a secretary is not a toy.”
Gender: Male-presenting
Age: Any
Vocal range top: D4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Miss Krumholtz
Gatch’s secretary; later Finch’s secretary.
Gender: Female-presenting
Age: Any
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: Gb3

Executives, Secretaries: LOTS!!!! of featured roles with lines, solos, dance features, etc.


380 S Goodwin St
Lake Helen, Florida 32744
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