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Nautical musical "Anything Goes" at MHS
- Susan Matheny
- Madras Pioneer - News
Featuring music by Cole Porter
If you love Cole Porter songs, you won't want to miss Madras High School's fall musical comedy "Anything Goes," slated for 7 p.m., Nov. 18 and 19, and 2 p.m., Nov. 20, in the MHS cafetorium. Tickets are $6 at the door.
"You're the Top," "It's De-Lovely," "Blow Gabriel, Blow," and "I Get A Kick Out of You," are among the songs written by Porter for the play, which takes place aboard the ship the S.S. American.
"Anything Goes" first made its debut in 1934, starring Ethel Merman. The MHS production is directed by Dorian Haugen, with musical direction by George Klos.
Sailing from New York to England, the ship carries an unusual group of passengers. Included are a gangster posing as a minister (Moonface Martin), a wealthy debutante and her mother (Hope and Evangeline Harcourt), a nightclub singer (Reno Sweeny), and a wealthy New York businessman and his stowaway assistant (Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker).
Hope, it turns out, is Billy's long-lost love, but unfortunately, she is now engaged to a wealthy Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Meanwhile, Reno has designs on Lord Oakleigh herself.
With everyone confined to the ship, the characters sing and dance their way through a comic tangle of mistaken identities.
The MHS cast includes: Jamie Harner as Reno Sweeney, Reid Ashwill as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, Mitchell Gasaway as Billy Crocker, Robyn Maldonado as Hope Harcourt, Nick Hamilton as the Bishop, Will Wiernert and Adam Behrends alternating as Moonface Martin, Daniel Corpas as Whitney, Nate Gerhardt as the steward, Hannah Haugen as a reporter, Woody Williams as a cameraman, Bridgett Macy as Mrs. Hardcourt, Crystal Tyler as Ching, Jessica Pedersen as Ling, Adam McCary as the purser, Nicole DeVore as Bonnie, Jon Hagen and Clint Haugen alternating as the captain.
Reno's Angel backup singers are Holly Abbe, Jonica Buck, Kathaleen Green and Hali Adams; sailors are played by Andre Gasaway, Matt Maldonado, and C.J. Heimbigner; girl passengers are played by Megan Brown, Emma Patrick and Ruby Thornton, and Dillon Sexton plays a drunk.
The production team includes: costumes, Ruby Thornton; props, Catherine Buck; light director, Jordan Abbe; set director, Stephen Krause; technical director, Karine Romero; and art and makeup director, Callie Nye.