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Paul VI High School Anything Goes

By • Apr 1st, 2007 • Category: Cappies

Welcome aboard the SS American, tickets please. Enjoy Paul VI High School‘s “delightful, delicious, and de-lovely” production of Cole Porter’s classic Anything Goes.

Cast of Paul VI High School Anything GoesCast of Anything Goes

This is the story of stockbroker Billy Crocker. After learning that the love of his life Hope Harcourt was aboard the SS American, he sneaks on the ship with the help of a dangerous (or not-so-dangerous) “Moonface” Martin disguised as a priest, and his benevolent girlfriend Bonnie Letour. Also on board is nightclub sensation Reno Sweeny, a long time friend of Billy’s. She is determined to help Billy win Hope back, as well as find herself that true love she has been eagerly awaiting.

After premiering in New York City at the Alvin Theater on November 21, 1934, Anything Goes became the fourth-longest running show of the 1930’s. In 1987, Timothy Crouse and John Weidman updated the story and added new musical numbers to accommodate the Broadway stage. This version of the show was revived many a time after Broadway in London in 1989, and again in 2002.

As Reno Sweeny, Tracy Ramsay had no problem making the character her own. Not only was her acting impressive, but her singing and dancing were just as lively.

CJ Bergin, as Moonface, gave a flawless performance with a perfect execution of his mobster accent and idiosyncrasies. His stamina and confidence kept the energy flowing throughout. Hope MacDonald as Bonnie enthralled the audience with her singing and her delightful and almost flawless dancing solos. She displayed a winsome charm that blended beautifully with her fellow shipmates.

On the technical side, the lighting, designed by Katie Gorski and Hillary Dennison, was appropriately simple and well-timed. The professional-caliber set included two beautiful moving staircases, a revolving double door, and many other elaborate set pieces.

For a night full of “moonlight”, audiences must simply climb aboard the SS American in Paul VI’s production of Anything Goes. Bon Voyage!

Reviewed by Jose Pineda of Manassas Park.

This review was written by a Cappies high school critic. The Cappies were founded in 1999, for the purpose of celebrating high school theater arts and providing a learning opportunity for theater and journalism students. You can learn more at cappies.com.

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