Is Cole Porter still relevant in 2018? You'd get a YES from Franklin High's thespians!

DAVID F. ASHTON - Nearly the entire cast of Franklin Highs musical show this month, Anything Goes, rehearse a stage-filling scene. "Last call for boarding the SS American!" is the captain's call – as "Anything Goes", the daffy-and-delightful Cole Porter musical play, gets underway on March 9 in the spectacular new Franklin High School (FHS) Theater, and runs for two weekends.

Madcap antics abound in the show, in which an ocean liner leaves New York for London. The characters include a stowaway who's in love with an heiress – who is engaged to marry a scheming industrialist. Add a nightclub singer working with a man labeled "Public Enemy #13", and the farce broadens.

The 1934 musical features such familiar tunes as "Anything Goes", "You're the Top", and "I Get a Kick Out of You".

For this production, FHS theater instructor Josh Forsyth is producing the show and also serving as artistic director; and directing the production is the hands of Portia Hall, who has choreographed or directed every musical play at the school since 2001.

"Anything Goes features love story escapades in a vaudeville-type play, with many silly jokes, and a lot of great songs," Hall told THE BEE.

In addition to colorful costuming, skilled acting, and tuneful singing, the show features dancing – in fact, lots of tap dancing, Hall promised. "This show makes use, for the first time, our new theater's orchestra pit, featuring live music by 15 student players, under the musical direction of new FHS instructor Jason Owens. The show features a cast of 55 actors, singers and dancer, and is produced by a crew of 20 student stage technicians.

"People walk away from the show having escaped the troubles of the day for the evening at the show feeling that they've gotten good dose of joy and laughter," Hall promised.

While some of the jokes were considered "racy" in the 1930s, the classic show is now believed suitable for the entire family.

"Anything Goes" opens the evening of March 9 at 7 p.m., continuing on the evening of March 10 – and then returns for the evenings of March 15, 16, and 17. And, there's a 2 p.m. matinee performance on March 11.

Ticket: $12 for adults, $6 for students and seniors; available at the door or online at EventBrite –

The new Franklin High Theater is on the corner of S.E. 52nd Avenue and Woodward Street.

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