Theater department sets sail with ‘Anything Goes’

The ship is docked and ready for departure into a tale of romance, deception, and comedy. The production team cordially invites you to come and see “Anything Goes,” the spring musical about an evangelist-turned-nightclub singer, a lovelorn stockbroker wooing a lovely debutante, the debutante’s British lord fiancé and a gangster disguised as a minister all turn up on a luxury cruise liner to sing, dance and romance. It’s anyone’s guess as to what will happen on the crazy cruise, but it will be filled with music, dancing and emotional moments that will tug at your heartstrings. 

“I actually knew the plot of the show, since I had seen it beforehand,” Kiana Hall (10) said. “ The tapping looks cool, and I’m pretty thrilled that I am with my friends in the pit.”

Hall has been one of the many actors who have been with the theater program for many years, but this will be her first musical playing trumpet with the pit orchestra instead of performing on the stage.

“I’m really excited,” Hall said.“I like the songs, and the characters are really interesting. Though I am scared that the tap numbers will be a challenge, I think the acting will be good.” 

The tap routines themselves have been a common factor of some hesitation with the dance numbers. “Anything Goes” is known for its multiple dance breaks and interesting choreography.  

“The dances are pretty hard, but I think if we keep practicing we’ll get better,” Sam Miller (10) said. “We just need to be focused on each task and make sure we get it done. We want to be ready for our opening night so we can impress the audience.”

‘Anything Goes,’ will be performed Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. Showtimes are yet to be determined.

By Madison Mills