Event date: 7/28/2017 7:30 PM - 8/6/2017 3:00 PM Export event
July 28 - August 6, Naperville Central HS Auditorium
A Cole Porter classic and a favorite of musical theatre enthusiasts everywhere, Anything Goes is a love story, a crime drama, and a wild comedy all in one.
The story is one you’ve undoubtedly heard before: Billy loves Hope, Hope is engaged to Evelyn, Evelyn is enraptured by Reno, and all of them are somehow mixed up with small-time crime duo “Moonface” Martin and Bonnie. Did we mention that this all unfolds in the tiny confines of a ship in the middle of the Atlantic?
This uproarious comedy of errors features big dance numbers, flashy costumes, a colorful set, and toe-tapping musical favorites like “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”
The story was written by P.G. Wodehouse and first starred Ethel Merman in the role of Reno, as well as comedy team William Gaxton and Victor Moore. Since its 1934 debut, the plot has been reworked several times until the writing team was able to finesse it down to the tightly woven set of hijinks that you will see in our production. Interestingly, an original plot device included a bomb threat and a shipwreck aboard the SS American, the fictional vessel where the story unfolds, but the devastating fire that sank the real SS Morro Castle just before the show’s opening prompted a hasty rewrite. However, another source admits that this tragic event may have been a coverup for the real reason: that the script was “a hopeless mess.” Numerous revivals and revamps since the show’s opening have ensured that Anything Goes will continue to delight audiences for years to come.
Cast of Characters
Reno Sweeney, a reformed night club singer (mezzo-soprano)
Hope Harcourt, a debutante (soprano)
Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, her fiance (baritone)
Billy Crocker, a Wall Street broker (tenor)
Moonface Martin, Public Enemy #13 (tenor)
Evangeline Harcourt, Hope's mother
Elisha Whitney, Billy's boss (baritone)
Erma Latour, Moonface's girlfriend (mezzo-soprano)
Luke and John, Chinese converts
Ship's Captain (baritone)
Purity, Chastity, Charity, and Virtue, Reno's backup singers
Bishop Henry T. Dobson, the Right Reverend
Passengers, Ship's Crew, FBI agents, etc.
Directed by Maria Welser
Vocal Direction by Emma Gingold
Music Direction by Tim Janiszewski
Scenic Design by Tina Goings
Costumed by Sarah Eaves
Auditions will be held June 4 and 5. Check out our Auditions page for the 411!
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