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Mailroom chief Twimble (Ryker Roberts) celebrates living “The Company Way” with new hire Finch (Jayde Mitchell) in Bayfield High School’s production of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Mr. Gatch (Bryant Mitchell) and jealous Bud Frump (Patrick Derrickson) look on. Enlarge photo

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Mailroom chief Twimble (Ryker Roberts) celebrates living “The Company Way” with new hire Finch (Jayde Mitchell) in Bayfield High School’s production of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Mr. Gatch (Bryant Mitchell) and jealous Bud Frump (Patrick Derrickson) look on.

They may be relegated to the “Cafetorium,” but Bayfield High School thespians are getting the most out of their unconventional setting.

This spring’s production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” is an audition of sorts, as director Derek Smith and his students are lobbying the school district’s strategic planning committee to build a performing-arts facility.

Smith credits senior Jayde Mitchell as the driving force behind what Smith called the most ambitious musical production they’ve ever attempted.

He said Mitchell, who stars as Finch, insisted on “How to Succeed.” The show was revived last year on Broadway for its 50th anniversary with Daniel Radcliffe in the starring role and Radcliffe, has now been replaced by Nick Jonas.

“He just wouldn’t take no for an answer,” Smith said of his star.

The play opened last week, and the final performance will be held at 7 p.m. today. Tickets cost $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at the door.

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Personnel Chief Mr. Bratt (Bryant Mitchell) tells the junior executives of the World Wide Wicket Company that “A Secretary is Not A Toy” in Bayfield High School’s production of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Enlarge photo

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Personnel Chief Mr. Bratt (Bryant Mitchell) tells the junior executives of the World Wide Wicket Company that “A Secretary is Not A Toy” in Bayfield High School’s production of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

New junior executive Finch (Jayde Mitchell) and secretary Rosemary (Candace Shaw) hit if off in Bayfield High School’s production of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Enlarge photo

Jordan Edwards/Special to the Herald

New junior executive Finch (Jayde Mitchell) and secretary Rosemary (Candace Shaw) hit if off in Bayfield High School’s production of “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”