02/09/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 15:12
Stony Batter Players, Mercersburg's student theatre company, will present the classic Broadway musical Anything Goes February 9, 10, and 11 in the Burgin Center for the Arts' Simon Theatre.
Director of Theatre Laurie Mufson is overseeing the production, which stars an ensemble cast and features Ava Paul '18 as Reno, Casey Nguyen '19 as Billy, Ella Jane Reinhard '19 as Hope, Gus Wadlington '18 as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, Grace Bennett '19 as Bonnie, Tommy Sliskovich '18 as Moonface Martin, Lauren Ingram '18 as Elisha J. Whitney, and Patrice McGloin '19 as Mrs. Harcourt.
Richard Rotz is the show's musical director; James Brinson is the vocal music director; technical elements were designed and implemented by Kelly Dowling and Matt Bresler; Walt Dowling is the lighting designer; Pat McDaniel is the sound engineer; and Lindsay Owen is the vocal coach. The show features choreography by Denise Bennett with special guest choreographers David Bushman and Jody Reynard ('Anything Goes') and Anne Reeder Bertram '00 ('It's De-Lovely'). Certified Alexander Technique instructor Kathryn Armour, a Broadway vocal coach, worked with the cast of a Stony Batter musical for the fifth time.
'It's an amazing, gorgeous, classy Cole Porter musical which was done at one of the darkest times in our nation's history, the Great Depression,' Mufson says. 'This is a show about light and bubbles and champagne. It picked people up out of their doldrums. In the most classic sense, it is a true musical comedy.
'It is also very much a period piece. Many of the cultural depictions are from the values and point of view of a 1930s culture. With this production, we've done what we can to be true to the spirit of the show while updating it for today.'
The production is known for several memorable Cole Porter tunes ('You're The Top,' 'I Get a Kick Out of You,' 'Anything Goes'). Attendees will enjoy a significant amount of tap dancing by the entire cast.
'Even though the show is a light romp, it demands incredible technical precision in dancing and singing,' Mufson says. 'It takes an incredible amount of skill, focus, and discipline to get us to that era-that stylistic genre.'
In addition to music and lyrics by Porter, the show features a book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, with revisions by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.