Get in the mood for sunny days, beach trips and summer fun with HART Theatre’s production of the nautical classic, “Anything Goes!” directed by Tony Bump. by: COURTESY PHOTO - Actors Andy Roberts, Rachel Thomas, Steve Pitzel and Dorinda Toner engage in antics on stage in Anything Goes.

The show opens May 30 and runs through June 22.

The story concerns madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy No. 13 Moonface Martin aid Billy in his quest to win Hope.

The musical’s music and lyrics by Cole Porter compliment the original book, which was a collaborative effort by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse. It was heavily revised by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse for the stage. Paul Roder of HART Theatre describes the play as “an American standard.”

There are a couple published versions of the play and a few films versions, Roder said, so the elements of play are often “mixed and matched.”

Bump — who used to run Slocum House Theatre in Vancouver — scaled down the HART production of “Anything Goes” to fit the cast of 20 and the stage. According to Roder, the play is typically “big,” with a big set and a lot of dancers. HART’s production will be more intimate, with the main character sharing her story with the ship’s cast and crew.

“I think it’s a brilliant approach,” Roder said of Bump’s work to give the play a “small cabaret feel.”

Actress Brittany Bickel choreographed the dances with consultation from Northwest Conservatory of Dance.

“It’s a delightful show,” Roder said, and perfect for anyone looking for an introduction to musicals and tap dancing numbers. “You’ll be humming the tunes when you leave.”

The play introduced such songs as “Anything Goes,” “You’re the Top,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and should hold special appeal to fans of musicals and tap.

Performances are at the HART Theatre, 185 S.E. Washington St. in Hillsboro. On Fridays and Saturdays, the shows start at 7:30 p.m.  Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $13 for students. They are available at

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