|Amy Poirier sets the tone as Miss Jones in the show-stopping number, Brotherhood of Man|
PHOTO: Brigid Blaschak
It is often said, “behind every great man there's a great woman.” In the case of World Wide Wicket company president J.B. Biggley, that great woman is his secretary, Miss Jones, played by Amy Poirier in the Farmington Players production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Miss Jones is Mr. Biggley’s “right hand,” and she knows just how to handle her temperamental boss. Miss Jones is also an ally of J. Pierrepont Finch, the protagonist whose rise through the company ranks is aided by Miss Jones’ inside information. As Amy describes her character, Miss Jones “enjoys her position and working for Mr. ‘B’, and she is charmed by Finch and looks after him. Sharing all my scenes with these two extremely funny and talented actors (Dorne Lefere and Jason Wilhoite) has been so much fun.”
For Amy, the fun factor in this show is off the charts: “I’ve always loved the music in this show, especially the hilarious Coffee Break, I Believe in You, and my very favorite, Brotherhood of Man. I also love shows set in the 1960’s – the costumes and hairdos are a lot of fun! The audience will love all the inside business jokes, the amazing costumes, and big dance numbers. The caliber of the cast is so incredibly strong; every single member brings a tremendous amount of talent to the stage. Just when you think the show can’t get any better or the numbers more impressive, they do!”
But to make this show look easy has actually taken a lot of hard work. Amy describes the “biggest challenge, but most rewarding part, of the role of Miss Jones is in the show-stopping number Brotherhood of Man. It’s a high demand number both vocally and especially in the choreography. Our choreographer Mary Murphy actually went to a workshop to learn the exact same choreography that was used on Broadway and brought that back for us to learn for our show. It took a while before we could dance and sing at the same time! Miss Jones is the only female in that number and surprises the audience in a way that nobody expects.”
While there is no substitute for hard work, Amy knows from working in the corporate world that “being in the right place at the right time with the right people can play a big role in what opportunities are available and where and how you end up in that company. Hard work, diligence, and working well with others are what then turns those opportunities into success.” Amy has been an engineer at GM for 21 years and now calls Farmington Hills home after growing up in the Chicago area. How to Succeed is her fifth show at the Barn. A majority of her “spare” time is spent with her three very active kids, who are 10, 13, and 15.
Amy echoes a common sentiment among her fellow cast mates: “This cast and crew has been a ‘dream’ to work with – everyone is so kind and talented and hardworking and fun. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the directors – they wore multiple hats not only doing an amazing job directing the show but being so integrally involved with the creation of costumes and building of the sets. And they were always supportive, encouraging, and spot on with their direction and feedback throughout the rehearsal process.”
The Farmington Players production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is proudly sponsored by TruVista Wealth Advisors. The show’s three final performances are May 14, 15, and 16 and tickets are available online at farmingtonplayers.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Barn box office at 248-553-2955.