Anything Goes takes stage at Mingus Union
Five performances of Cole Porter’s musical scheduled
COTTONWOOD - Mingus Union High School drama students - better known as A.T.O.R.T. (A Troupe of Ridiculous Thespians) - will present five performances of Cole Porter's famous musical, Anything Goes.
The musical will be presented in the Mingus auditorium at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 1 & 2, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday April 3. Two more evening performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 8 & 9.
James Ball, MUHS Choir and Theatre Director, is stage and musical director for the production. Francine LeRoy handles choreography, and Paul Snatic of the Mardi Gras costume house in Scottsdale is costume designer.
Ball said the production features more than 85 Mingus students, including a cast of 28, a crew of more than 30, and 14 students in the pit orchestra.
Anything Goes is a classic Broadway musical comedy. It has been revised several times and made into two films. This production is the 1962 revision of the original 1934 version that opened in the Alvin Theatre on Broadway.
"We are excited to still be growing both in numbers and in talent," said Ball. He said A.T.O.R.T. has been fortunate to raise enough money to hire a tap choreographer and to rent costumes from a professional business.
"Anything Goes," Ball said, "is a musical farce that follows an eclectic group of ocean liner passengers. Those passengers include an evangelist nightclub singer, society debutante, English gentleman and wanted gangster, all on their journey from New York to London.
"Hilarity ensues as good men are mistaken for criminals, and young lovers realize that societal duty and their hearts' desire may not go hand in hand," Ball said.
The 1962 revision of Anything Goes was the first stage version to incorporate several other songs from Porter shows, such as Take Me Back to Manhattan, It's De-Lovely, Friendship and Let's Misbehave.
The MUHS production's cast features Ashley Knister as Reno Sweeney; Shiloh Sumrall as the reporter; Maia Peterson as the photographer; Zach Andress as Elisha J. Whitney; Dylan Power as Billy Crocker; Kimberly Clements as Hope Harcourt; Jessica Reinhart as Mrs. Harcourt; Zeus Taylor and Alec Leman as Ching and Ling; Emily Williams as Virtue; Natalie Lampros as Chastity; Michal Bader as Purity; Cathy Furphy as Charity; Zachary Romfo as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh; Britney Lawler as Bonnie; Charlie Heath as Moonface Martin; Brett Janica as the purser; Cody Werner as the steward; J.C. Lawler as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Kevin Blankenship as the Captain; Nicole Rately and Daarte Matteau as the ship's passengers; and Andrew Benassi, John Condon, Troy Jackson, Lacey Anderson and Kati Phelps as the sailors.
Purchase advanced tickets at www.showtix4u.com or by calling James Ball at (928) 649-4466.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students and children.
All tickets are an additional $3 at the door.
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