Enjoy the sweet sound of Cole Porter at Spring Lake Park High School’s production of his 1934 musical “Anything Goes” that premieres at 7 p.m., Friday, April 26, and runs through 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5.
The story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker (Mason Payne) is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt (Anna Hutton), who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (Ethan Strawn).
Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney (Cassidy Thompson) and outlaw Moonface Martin (Stanley Putnam) aid Billy in his quest to win Hope.
“‘Anything Goes’ is unlike any of the productions we do here at Spring Lake Park High School,” said senior Cassidy Thompson (Reno Sweeney). “It’s a very exciting, light-hearted, jazzy musical that people will love. We’ve put so much work into it, and it will be an incredible show.”
The original book for “Anything Goes” was written by Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse, and later revised by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
Director Kevin Dutcher said the theater department at Spring Lake Park High School was looking for a light-hearted musical when student Ethan Strawn (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh) suggested “Anything Goes.”
“This time around we wanted to go with a classic and nothing is better than ‘Anything Goes,’” said Dutcher.
The musical has nearly 50 cast and crew members.
It also stars Lynsey Cooper (Purity), Chevela Johnson (Chastity), Anna Pearson (Charity), Maelea Tan (Virtue), Menal Abdella (Evangeline Harcourt), Andrew Kaliher (Elisha Whitney), Abbi Tanner (Erma), Cameron Hunter (Luke), Eli Nelson (John), William Johnson (Rev. Henry T. Dobson), Ethan Letourneau (Captain) and Zachary Wheaton (Purser).
Bronwyn Simmons, Cassie Christian, Elaina Lucas, Hailey Herzog, Hannah Hedlund, Hannah Wennerberg, Iris Brambilla-Soto, Jacob Bassett, Kaia Buachart, Macie McNiff, Madison Terriquez, Mady Bourasa, Maty Mayaan, Megan Mulrooney, Michael Shivers, Rylee Miller, Sam Mork, Sam Nguyen, Selah Jacobs, Sibiah Mirieri U’Dea Page and Vincent Vang are a part of the ensemble.
“‘Anything Goes’ is an incredible musical chock-full of amazing music,” Dutcher said.
The musical has music and lyrics by jazz musician and composer Cole Porter. It includes songs like “Anything Goes,” “You’re the Top” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”
For more information on “Anything Goes,” visit bit.Ly/2UHRBFY.