Instead of renting the set, students - including cast members and the crew - built it with Brett Staples' help. Costumes were rented from a Florida company. Financial support came from Brooks Run Mining Co. and Lee Hartman & Sons.
The popular musical takes place in the early 1960s and follows an ambitious window washer named J. Pierrepont Finch (Staples) who reads a book entitled, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," and uses it to work his way to the top of the World Wide Wicket Company.
Staples said the drama club's board of directors - all students - voted on the show selection last summer. Because he had never seen the show, Staples began early to research it, understand the time period - in this case, the early 1960s - and develop a vision for the production.
By fall, students were building the set.
The next month is a busy one for graduating seniors - there are three in the show - and then it's on to the next adventure.
For Staples, it's New York City's Pace University, where he will study musical theater and arts and entertainment management.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
If you go
What: "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
When: 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Civic Center Little Theater
Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for students, at the door
Nick Staples, Lily Odekirk, Collin Nelson, Jacob Fleck, Haley Lambert, Taylor Shaw, Carly Thaw, Jacob McLaughlin, Mason Tate, Will Graley, Brett Smith, Mantha Howard, Adam Powell, Jordan Nistendirk, Sarah Brumley, Trent Catsonis, Paige Isaacs, Julianna Spradling, Kathryn Tweel and Victoria Mabe