January 10, 2006 > Anything Goes about to set sail
Anything Goes about to set sail
Follow the madcap antics of passengers onboard the S.S. American as it sails from New York to England in the early 1930s. Nightclub singer (and evangelist) Reno Sweeney (Sara Barreto-Worthing of Hayward) assists an old friend, dashing Billy Crocker (Ricky Webster of Fremont), as he stows away in order to prevent the girl he loves, the beautiful Hope Harcourt (Lisa Otterstetter of Newark), from marrying a British aristocrat, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh (Tomas Theriot of Castro Valley). Bumbling gangster Moonface Martin (Scott Holladay of Fremont) disguised as a missionary and his sexy moll Erma (Brianna Watson of Fremont) add to the mayhem. Hope's meddling mother (Dori Robinson of San Leandro), Billy's near-sighted, boss Eli Whitney (Jack Larson of Fremont), a Wall Street business tycoon with a taste for spirits, Reno's four "fallen" Angels, a Minister and his two Chinese converts, as well as the eager ship's crew put the finishing touches to this whirlwind of wackiness.
In the capable hands of director Belinda Maloney of Newark, music director Ruthanne Crow of Dublin and choreographer Kevin Hammond of Newark, this age-old tale of "boy meets girl" and the complications that ensue, intrigue every audience and no musical puts it on stage better than Anything Goes. This delightful tale of mistaken identity and high farce is wrapped around one of Cole Porter's magical toe-tapping scores. Unforgettable Cole Porter songs include It's De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Blow Gabriel Blow, and of course the title song Anything Goes. It's a wonder that all of the romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the magical luxury ocean liner S.S. American where... Anything Goes!
Now the East Bay can hop aboard when Stage 1 Community Theatre opens Anything Goes Friday, Jan. 13, at Newark Memorial High School Theatre for a three-week run.
By turns, wicked, funny, warm, and romantic, Anything Goes is entertainment at its best.
Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 through Jan. 28, with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees on Jan. 15 and 22. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $18 for advance purchase and seniors, and $10 for high school students (with ID) and younger. Groups of 10 or more are $15 per person when ordered in advance.
Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 through Jan. 28
Sunday, Jan. 15 and 22
Newark Memorial High School
39375 Cedar Blvd., Newark