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April 30, 2014

Almost 'Anything Goes' in Stillwater High School musical

STILLWATER, Okla. — “The world has gone mad” for an “outrageous” evening of entertainment including dinner and a show when Stillwater High School presents the spring musical, “Anything Goes.”

Step out Thursday night for a catered spaghetti dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. in the SHS Student Center before the show opens in the SHS Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

The meal includes salad, breadsticks, spaghetti, dessert and drinks catered by Olive Garden for $8 in advance or $9 at the door. The dinner is a fundraiser to support the band and includes a silent auction.

“Stop by and spend some time browsing the wonderful auction items donated by local merchants,” said Jayne Williamson, SHS Band Booster ways and means coordinator. “All proceeds from the dinner and silent auction benefit the high school band which has won many awards including the Oklahoma Class 6A academic achievement award.”

The band’s director, Kevin Zamborsky, will conduct the orchestra for “Anything Goes.”

The show is a revised version from 1962 with music and lyrics by Cole Porter.

Madcap antics with zany characters aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London set the scene. Billy Crocker, played by first time performer David Chacon, is a stowaway in love with American debutante Hope Harcourt, portrayed by Carley Dickey, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh, acted by Tanner Hurst. Rachel Peek is an evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, leading the cast in several popular tunes from “Let’s Misbehave” to “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “You’re the Top.”  Ben Allen as Public Enemy No. 13 Moonface Martin, and Edyn Rolls as the mobster’s girlfriend, aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. The action transpires under the watchful eyes of Hope’s mother played by Caroline Harrist and Billy’s boss from Wall Street portrayed by Landon Corder.

“The show is a very dynamic display of classic musical theater,” said Dickey. “There are fun, big show numbers and great chorus songs.”

Corder agreed “it’s just fun with a smorgasbord of theatrical elements. There’s a little bit of everything – a love story, comedy, drama – and a lot of good singing, multiple kinds of dancing with something for everyone.”

The students have spent the past four months rehearsing under the direction of Lisa Larios. Dana Ayers is the musical director with Michelle Hendrix serving as technical director. Larry Francis is the set supervisor and Caroline Richardson assisted with choreography.

“More than 100 students within the technical crew, actors and orchestra are involved with the show,” Larios said.

Chacon has jumped on-stage from an orchestra pit trombonist in last year’s spring musical to a leading role.

“It looked like a lot of fun so I thought I’d give it a whirl and audition,” he said.  

After his taste of acting, Chacon said he may try to stay involved in college theater and band as a chemical engineering student at Northwestern University next fall. The National Honor Society student said the musical takes a lot of work but “we are like a family.”  He said his own family has been wondering what he’s been up to for the past four months and he’s ready for the show to go on Thursday night.

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