Student performers will take to the boards October 19–22 at the Silver Center, as the Plymouth State University Department of Music, Theatre and Dance presents Anything Goes.
“The country was just coming back from the depression when this musical was first produced in 1934. As we well know, we all need to laugh after a dark period in our history. I believe Cole Porter’s music in Anything Goes is some of the best music ever written. His ability to turn a phrase and his brilliant use of the English language reads as an encyclopedia of New York culture of the mid-1930s,” said Elizabeth Cox, associate professor of theatre at PSU, who is directing the production.
Cox also wanted to produce a show that allows all characters to dance, not only principal characters but the ensemble as well.
“This show IS that show! We’ve designed a set that allows a greater dance space and have incorporated several big dance numbers” Cox said.
All the major roles require great comic timing and students have stepped up to this task. This type of production was created for particular stars, including Ethel Merman, and their individual talents. This is how Cox is approaching the rehearsal process … allowing the actors to create characters based on their own special talents and featuring those discoveries in the production. The characters are close to the Italian Commedia dell’Arte stock characters which require unique improvisational technique. Each character wears a “mask” and the songs allow them to drop that mask.
Anything Goes takes place on the S.S. American, sailing from New York to England, which carries an unusual group of passengers: a gangster (Moonface Martin) and his sidekick (Bonnie), a wealthy debutante and her mother (Hope and Mrs. Wadsworth T. Harcourt), a nightclub singer (Reno Sweeney), and a wealthy Wall Street businessman and his stowaway assistant (Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love. Unfortunately, she is now engaged to a wealthy Englishman, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh.
This American classic features Cole Porter favorites such as It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get a Kick Out of You, All Through the Night, Anything Goes, You’re the Top and Blow, Gabriel, Blow. For show information contact Elizabeth Cox, (603) 535-2499.
Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19; 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $8 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS.
Contact: Betsy Cheney, Public Relations office: (603) 535-2276
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