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!

Throwing Away Your Nerves! (So you Don’t Throw Up Your Lunch) By Olivia Clack (Eliza/Pirate)

IMG_1047When I was younger I always had dreams of being on a stage but my lack of confidence on stage created a bit of a problem. I remember my first time preforming for my drama class at Merritt Island High School. I was so scared I couldn’t think strait and before I even spoke I knew I would sound nervous. I stood on stage for three minutes stretching my arms over my head, jumping up and down, fighting the urge to use the restroom, and all while trying to remember how to breathe. I kept giggling but I knew I wouldn’t get a good grade for laughing or doing yoga (sadly). So I did my best and flubbed through the whole thing, forgetting lines and breaking my character.


The most frustrating thing about getting nerves is when you know you are talented enough to succeed yet your own mentality is keeping you from in fact doing so. Luckily I found a way to get over my fears! I know I’m not the only one who has suffered from this horrid mental block, so here is what worked for me and what hopefully will work for you.


Prepare Prepare Prepare

If you know your piece inside and out and have practiced it until it’s second nature you will be so much more relaxed on the day of the audition. Let’s be honest, their is no way your going to be at your best if you haven’t practiced your best.



Once you know your piece well, start practicing with very vivid images of what the  audition or occasion will look like. Imagine walking on to the stage or into the               space where you will be performing and think of being in the moment of the actual audition. This by far has helped me the most! I have actually forgotten lines while visualizing but I keep at it and get comfortable with the thought of performing for that particular event.


Focus On Breathing

When you are actually performing the first thing that nerves affect is typically your breathing. So before the audition starts I literally focus everything on relaxing my muscles and on deep breathing. I even still stretch but before I enter the audition room, of course.


Those are the things that worked for me personally, everyone has their own quarks or exercises that work specifically for them. Mess around with it and figure out what works best for you!



Not Just Company by Nicole Ramos (Mrs. Darling)

Company Rehearsal

Many of you know the term “Company” or “chorus”. In theater it usually means anyone who doesn’t have a lead type role in the show. Most of the cast of Peter Pan is considered as company. Some might say, “Better luck next time!”, but I, myself, find being a part of the company is almost better then being in a lead role. The main reason why, is because as a member of the company you get to play so many different types of characters, from hyper, depressed,  or maybe you even get to play a small child. As a lead role, you own one personality that you have to portray for a good sum of two hours.  As part of the company, every time you enter the stage you are someone different, a new personality.


Now, being a company member is important. Every show needs a company of supporting actors to make the show an actual solid show. Lead actors aren’t able to hold a show together; they can’t play every character plus their own. It would drive them absolutely mad. The company is there to fill in the minor characters and to create a real life feeling to a show. The company of our show is a fantastic one, everyone is committed and so very talented and it is starting to show with the rehearsals we have been having so far. In my opinion, every company member is also a lead character.

Behind the Scenes! by Ashley Bradley (Pirate)

It takes a lot more to be able to put on a production than just manning the lights, prepping the stage and the natural born talent of MIHS student actors. There are also many variables that are considered and contribute to every fabulous performance our school and staff put on. This process can be grueling at times but it also has the potential to become one of the best moments of your life and high school career

The first step to putting on a successful show includes balancing your budget. Mrs Duprey spends most of her time figuring out different fundraisers to participate in to acquire the money that each show demands. We do fundraisers that involve selling pasta, bags of candy, cookie dough and even coupons! Each fundraiser is an individual piece of the grand puzzle we like to call Peter Pan. We also sell ads in our program, if you or your business is interested in buying ad space in our program and on this website, please see our donations page.  Every penny we raise, is one cent closer to our goal, and that is a fabulous show!

Along with raising funds comes the real hard work, learning the songs and dances, and building a certain chemistry with your fellow cast. We spend much of our rehearsal time learning, learning and LEARNING lyrics, harmonies and melodies. You would think that the angels have descended from heaven after our music director is finished with us.

Rehearsal Time!

Rehearsal Time!

Tech week is the moment of truth, where each and every cast member’s morale is brutally tested. During tech week, one truly understands the virtue of patience. This is the point in our journey where every detail is squared away and every kink fixed. Frustration and exhaustion are factors that sometimes come into play during this week, but these feelings are soon replaced with the adrenaline and excitement of opening night!

Putting on a show like Peter Pan will prove to be a great and exhilarating experience, and nothing compares to the energy and applause of the audience, the pulse pumping through your chest as you belt those final notes and leave the stage, taking with you lifelong friendships and memories that are engraved in you forever.



Please join the Merritt Island High School Theatre Arts department’s on their journey from audition to closing night with the show Peter Pan. The cast and crew will chronicle their experiences producing this musical  by Piers Chater Robinson; videos, blog posts from characters, directors, and actors, photos, and  lesson plans for teachers will be updated frequently. Please visit often and join us on our flight to Never, Never Land.

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