How to! Survive a MIHS Musical



While MIHS students put together the school’s annual musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” the cast decided to share on “How to” producing an astounding musical! The whole cast works as a whole, putting hard work, time, and effort into the musical in order to give the Brevard community the magical piece of theatre that they deserve. Here are some of the tips on what it takes to survive a MIHS musical so that you too can join us on the stage next year!


Brady Fritz in the role of Finch.

Brady Fritz in the lead role of Finch.

Brady Fritz is the ambitious and charismatic J. Pierpont Finch that will lead this year’s musical. A musical veteran here at MIHS, Fritz says, “In order to survive a musical, you need to be willing to work hard. You have a big group a people that you don’t want to let down and that puts a lot of pressure on me as the lead… Working hard is important, but being able to work as a team and being willing to help each other out when anyone needs it is also important. This shows in cases such as helping each other with dances.” I guess you have to work hard in order to play it “The Company Way” onstage and offstage!

Elise Reaves is playing the hopeless romantic role of Rosemary.

Elise Reaves is playing the hopeless romantic role of Rosemary.




The hopeless romantic, Rosemary, is played by Elise Reaves this year. Reeves shares with us this helpful tip: “Learn your lines as soon as you get the script, and keep practicing them so that you are able to focus on performing, not remembering your lines.” Some actors put off memorizing their lines, which results in less time to develop the character. But not this cast! They have been memorizing their lines every chance they can get! Elise also told us about the importance of drinking water and tea with honey so that your voice is ready to belt and serenade at any time. Just like Brady, Elise also says that as long as you work hard and keep your parts memorized, your musical experience more will be enjoyable, and you will not be stressed out. The “How to Succeed” director, Mrs. Duprey, is very adamant about memorizing lines and tells students to remember how to block the scene. She sets high expectations for her students, but she always says, “The real work begins once the lines are memorized. You are not able to truly act ‘til the lines are memorized.”

dfdDancer and chorus member, Emma Kapper, emphasizes the importance of making sure that one plan out their day and keeps everything in order. As for “keeping on your toes”, dancers and actors should keep their body fueled with food to keep their energy up to keep them prepared for any tasks thrown at them.

Torie D’Alessandro, student choreographer and the wonderfully ditzy Miss Hedy LaRue, swears by some products and tricks that get her through the musical, “Some stores have these Airborne tablets you can put in your water that are filled with vitamins and minerals and a boost of vitamin C. These keep the sick days away!” Miss LaRue also mentions, “I drink tea every morning to make sure that I am prepared for the day. Also, I don’t have a lot of sugar and milk together!sdsff

On that health note, stretch a lot to prepare for dancing and warm up your voice to prepare for singing. This will help to prevent injury!” Very true! Ifyou want to get an actor, angry offer them dairy before a show or before singing! Drinking dairy will coat your throat and making singing and reciting lines difficult.




There you have it! Now brew yourself some nice tea, warm-up your pipes, avoid dairy like the plague, and you will be ready to sing your heart out with us on stage!


Don’t forget, How to Succeed in Business opens April 15th-17th!

Look at how much fun these kids are having.

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Article written by cast member- Kayla Protze

Rehearsals have begun!

Read Through
Read Through

The cast gathering for the 1st time.

After all the business matters of the musical are sorted out, the eager cast of Merritt Island High School’s 2016 production of   “How to Succeed in Business Without  Really Trying” sits down to their first read through of the show. You could fill the excitement in the air as the actors take to their new roles.

Although, it may have been their first time reading the script as their characters the actors molded right away to the traits and mannerisms of who they were playing. Such as many conforming to the 1950’s and 1960’s style of speaking or putting their own creative spin and flare to the character that completes it.

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Rosemary going over her lines.

What is also buzzing through the casts’ minds are the ambitions and nerves of something the theatre department has not done before on such a large scale. That is student involvement, many students are tossing their artistic hats into the ring. Whether it be through choreography, costuming, or the building of the beautiful sets the students are not only putting their sweat and hearts into the musical they are investing their minds.


Mikaela, one of the three student choreographers!

So, we anxiously await while the musical comes together through dance rehearsals and the struggle to find the perfect costumes. This musical should be marked on your  calendar due to its satirical humor of the ways of the 50’s-60’s time period and living in a “Man on top” world where the women cater the men’s needs. As well as the fact that the Merritt Island High School Theatre Arts program will be entering into the prestigious Applause Awards put on by the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. An awards program that is like the Tony awards for the students in the surrounding counties.

Since day one the cast meshed together as a “family,” all eager to put their dedication, heart, and talent into “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying”. Mark your calendars today for a truly spectacular show, April 15th -17th, tickets will be $10.00 for all.


April 15th at 7:00 PM

April 16th at 2 and 7:00 PM

April 17th at 2:00 PM

Merritt Island High School

100 Mustang Way

Merritt Island FL, 32953

Written by cast member Kayla Protze

Our spring musical has been announced!

MIHS Theatre- April 15-17

The Theatre Arts Department started a new tradition of revealing the spring musical through a dinner and night of entertainment. We had a lot of fun revealing the musical…  IMG_1961_2

 MIHS Theatre- April 15-17

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!

April 15th-17th

 Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder.

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 co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.

An irreverent and tuneful romp, jam-packed with sly, swift, and sharp jabs to the funny bone, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying is a sure fire hit!


Performed with Special Permission by Musical Theatre International

Thank you Brevard-Online!


Thank you to one of our business partners, Brevard-Online, for helping us get the word out to our community about Fox on the Fairway! We are very thankful for their support!  Check out our article written by one of our wonderful cast member’s mom! 

Thank you Brevard-Online!

Thank you Brevard-Online!

We can’t wait to open in two weeks!!!

Tickets are in and if you would like to reserve tickets, please email Mrs. Duprey at

Tickets are just $9.00 and if you would like to donate your extra $1.00, to make it an even $10.00, the department will split all donations between the students’ financial obligations to go to their state competition!

Congratulations to the cast of Fox on the Fairway!

Fox on The Fairway


November 20th and 21st  at 7:00 PM and November 22nd at 2:00 PM

A tribute from Ken Ludwig  to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s,

Come see this hilarious farce about golf!  Nov. 20th-Nov. 22nd

Come see this hilarious farce about golf!
Nov. 20th-Nov. 22nd

The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug

out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club.

Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic

shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’

classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s

eternal love  affair with… golf.

Rated PG-13

Produced with special permission by Samuel French


Cast List for Fox on the Fairway-


The Cast of Fox on the Fairway! #MIHSfox

The Cast of Fox on the Fairway! #MIHSfox

Bingham- Travis P.

Dickie – Joshua S.

Justin- Brady F.

Louise- Torie D.

Muriel – Lydia K.

Pamela- Farrah S.








Audition Dance for Wizard of Oz

Wizard-of-Oz– the dance – the breakdown


Please go over this dance before you come to Friday’s audition, you do not need to know it by heart, but it will help you be better prepared and also be professionally ready to audition for the dance portion of the audition.

Don’t forget to bring dance shoes and wear comfortable clothing and if you dance on pointe, please bring your pointe shoes.

If you are only wanting to be a dancer, you do not need to come to Thursday’s audition.

Wizard of Oz Audition Information!


All those interested in auditioning for the Wizard of Oz!

If you are interested in a lead role, please stop by the drama room to pick up audition music. We will either have the backing tracks or a piano player for the lead music. If you are auditioning for maybe having a solo part, but not a lead, you may sing any song you would like, try to keep it in the Wizard of Oz/ Disney realm. You must have background music on your phone or a CD if your picking your own song.

Anyone wanting to only be a dancer does not have to come to Thursday’s audition, just Friday, please bring dance shoes and wear comfortable clothes. If you can dance on pointe, please bring your pointe shoes.

All auditions are closed and no one but those auditioning are allowed to be there, please have your parents, rides and friends wait outside.

On Thursday we will let you know if we need you to stay after you sing the first time, some of you will be done after you sing and others we will need to hear again.

When you come to audition please make sure you know all of your calendar conflicts to list on the audition form.  We rehearse till 6 everyday after school, but there may be vocal rehearsals later than that for leads. Not everyone will have to be at every rehearsal but we need to know of all conflicts! The show will be April 24-26 and the two weeks where no conflicts will be allowed are April 13-17 and April 20-24, these are the two weeks we could go till 11pm each night. Talk with your parents before coming to audition and let them know of these requirements.  You also will be required to fundraise $100.00 each through ads, and other various fundraisers. This is very important as this show will run us about $16,000.


Congrats MIHS!

Once again the M.I.H.S Theatre Arts Department has received high scores at the District 11 Thespian Festival. We received 15 Superiors, 5 Excellents, 1 runner up to Best of Show and 3 Best of Shows!   M.I truly has some amazing and talented theatre students.

Dedication, talent and heart, the theatre’s motto, is very obvious with these kinds of ratings.

5 performances, and 4 tech categories will be able to participate in the FL State Thespian Festival in March. The Festival gives students an opportunity to take workshops, audition for colleges, receive scholarships, and see some of the best high school talent in the state. We are very lucky that FL has such an opportunity for it’s students, the festival itself is the biggest Thespian festival in the world, including about 8,000 participants!