Anything Goes ready for stage

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Anything Goes ready for stage

On with the show: Wonthaggi Theatre Group is excited to bring their major production Anything Goes to the stage this weekend, starring Keryn Moren as Hope Harcourt, Jay Nelson as Moonface Martin and Will Hanley as Billy Crocker in the extensive cast.

WONTHAGGI Theatre Group is bringing the age old tale of ‘boy meets girl’ (and all the complications that come along with it!) to the stage when their major production Anything Goes opens this Saturday night.
Set aboard an ocean liner headed from New York to England, the show is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s magical scores.
Famed evangelist-turned-nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney, is played by Sarah Hanley and supported by her four beautiful back-up singers, the Angels, played by Kiana Liddle, Sophie and Rachel Adkins and Dom Brown.
Young lovers Billy Crocker and Hope Harcourt, played by Will Hanley and Keryn Moren, are also aboard the ship; however the presence of Hope’s fiancé, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, makes their romance a difficult one at that!
As a stow-away, Billy must also hide his identity from his boss, Wall Street executive Elisha Whitney played by Zac McIntosh, while Hope must also hide her affection for Billy from her disapproving mother, Mrs Evangeline Harcourt, played by Kerrie Giles.
Another celebrity is sailing on the ship in the form of the infamous Moonface Martin, played by Jay Nelson.
To hide from authorities, Moonface disguises himself as a minister, and is accompanied by his sidekick Erma, played by Emmy Latham.
Whilst avoiding the FBI, Moonface manages to drag poor Billy into his mess and the two find themselves behind bars on the ship with Hope and Sir Oakleigh’s wedding looming.
But can Billy break out in time to stop the love of his life from marrying someone else?
With the namely title Anything Goes, you’ll have to come along to the show to find out for yourself!
Throughout the show, audiences will be entertained by classic hits from the 1930s and ’40s including I Get A Kick Out Of You, Anything Goes, All Through The Night, Friendship and Blow, Gabriel, Blow.
Director Karen Milkins-Hendry said the cast crew are nervous, yet excited for opening night, with rehearsals moving into the theatre just over a week ago.
“It was a confident feeling to know we could get sets, costumes and lights right, and the cast are as fine tuned as they could be,” she said.
“It’s the same old nervous feeling and wondering if all the elements are going to come together, but we’re ready to go.”
Ms Milkins-Hendry said the cast is simply fantastic this year and of an incredibly high quality.
“There’s not a weak link in there, even from our new-comers that haven’t done a show before,” she said.
“Each character coming on stage – there’s something different on offer. We’re very fortunate; because of the great theatre scene in this area, people can get lots of experience and they keep bringing it into your company.”
The director mentioned in particular the brother-sister combination of Will and Sarah Hanley, who she said fortunately were not cast as lovers in the production.
“Sarah’s character (Reno) is very romantically interested in Billy (Will’s character) at the start; she tries to entice him to run away on the ship with her, but it was easy to get away from that.
“They’re good, but not that good to play romantic lovers on the stage!” she laughed.
“We have a very energised cast waiting for an audience.”
Ms Milkins-Hendry also praised the band, who has mastered Cole Porter’s tricky rhythms to give the show a real ‘wow’ factor.
Tickets are now on sale, with opening night taking place on Saturday, May 26 at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre in Graham Street, and will run for 11 performances.
Performances are on Saturday, May 26 (8pm), Sunday, May 27 (2pm), Thursday, May 31 (8pm), Friday, June 1 (8pm), Saturday, June 2 (2pm and 8pm), Sunday, June 3 (5pm), Thursday, June 7 (8pm), Friday, June 8 (8pm) and Saturday, June 9 (2pm and 8pm).
Ticket prices are $35 adult and $30 concession (full time students, and full Centrelink and DVA concession card-holders only), and are available from the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club, 75 Graham St, Wonthaggi (5672 1083).
The club is open seven days a week, and credit card facilities are available.

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