Girl goes from milking to musicals

Laura Johnson, of Chapel-en-le-Frith, who will be starring in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Lowry next month.

Laura Johnson, of Chapel-en-le-Frith, who will be starring in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Lowry next month.

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A Chapel-en-le-Frith girl has won a role in a award-winning musical to be shown at the Lowry next month.

Laura Johnson will be starring in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying at the Salford theatre from August 8th to 10th.

The play, produced by youth group the Company, is satirical look at cut-throat corporate life and office politics and starred Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway in its revival in 2011.

Laura, who is in her first year of training at the Centre Pointe, a dance college in Manchester, said she was loving rehearsals, as they were a far cry from her usual weekend activity of milking cows on her boyfriend’s farm.

The 18-year-old said some days she was there from 8.45am to 9.30 pm, to make the most of every minute.

She added she had always enjoyed watching musicals in Manchester and the West End and went to the auditions for experience and didn’t expect to reach the cast.

Laura said she was “absolutely delighted” to be playing the part of Switchboard Girl and that this would be her first major musical and she wanted to learn as much as she could.

Based on the 1952 book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying has won seven Tony awards and the 1962 Pulitzer prize for drama and was also made into a film starring Robert Morse and Rudy Vallee in 1967.

With show-stopping numbers like ‘I Believe in You’ and ‘A Secretary Is Not A Toy’, it chronicles the meteoric rise of J Pierrepont Finch, a young but bright window-cleaner.