n Singing, dancing, fun jokes will entertain

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - From left are cast members Agnes Rehr-Zimmermann, Abby Zink, Elizabeth Hartman, Lilly Kritler, Michah Bartel, Alison Smith, Mandy Wade, Julia Seydel, Daniel Barber, Ollie Bergh and Evelyn Holbrook.Get ready to set sail with the opening of “Anything Goes,” Lakeridge High School’s fall musical production, on Nov. 8.

This is one of musical theater’s more beloved shows, and its cast of stowaways, gangsters, bishops and molls makes for a transatlantic crossing that is a hilarious romp from sin to redemption.

“The version we are presenting is based on the 1962 off-Broadway show starring Hal Linden,” said drama teacher Joe Thiessen. “It’s a favorite of mine. It was my senior show when I was in high school.”

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE -  From left are Ollie Bergh as Moonface Martin, Michah Bartel as Billy Crocker and Alison Smith as Reno Sweeny in Lakeridge High School's production of 'Anything Goes,' which opens Nov. 8.With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, “Anything Goes” is a story concerning madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Moonface Martin — Public Enemy #13 — aid Crocker in his quest to win Hope. The musical is jam-packed with songs such as “Anything Goes,” “You’re the Top,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You,” plus “It’s De-Lovely” and “Blow, Gabrielle, Blow,” two of the cast’s favorite songs. Accompanying the singing is an orchestra made up of students.

Reno's Angels, from left, Abby Zink, Lilly Kritler, Elizabeth Hartman, Agnes Rehr-Zimmermann pose with Reno Sweeny, played by Alison Smith.“This is going to be great,” Theissen said. “We’ve got a very enthusiastic group!” Serving as stage manager is Lakeridge senior Daniel Apsey. Apsey had a paid internship this summer on the tech crew for Broadway Rose Theater Company and most recently served on the tech crew of “Legally Blonde,” in which Theissen was cast as Professor Callahan.

“It was really neat to see our drama teacher in that professional setting,” said Apsey.

He said the experience he gained working the shows has prepared him well for the responsibility of managing the show.

“It’s really challenging. ... It’s cool to see the entire production and be involved from the ground up.”

He said the set built for the show consists of a massive boat and two staircases. The tech crew, made up entirely of students, is responsible for the set construction as well as lighting and sound.

“The tech crew is so talented, and they’re not given the credit they are due,” said senior Mandy Wade, who plays Hope Harcourt. “This is going to be one of the best productions. It’s hilarious! And there are so many dance numbers. I love it! It’s filled with dance and music from such a great time period. It is so fun!”

“The music is energizing,” said Daniel Barber, who plays the ship’s Captain. “And the jokes are really funny. I think the audience will actually laugh, which is rare with musicals.”

The cast also includes Michah Bartel as Billy Crocker, Alison Smith as Reno Sweeny, Lucas Friedman as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, Ollie Bergh as Moonface Martin and Evelyn Holbrook as Bonnie Latour. Juliana DeBruyn plays Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt, and Jesse Johnson plays Elisha Whitney.

Featured as Reno’s Angels are Elizabeth Hartman as Purity, Agnes Rehr-Zimmermann as Charity, Lilly Kritler as Chastity and Abby Zink as Virtue. Keep your eyes on their fleet feet during their tap dancing numbers.

In addition to Barber as the Captain, the ship’s crew includes Michael Easley as the Steward, Isaac Lee as the Purser, and James Wells and Jake Borduin as Sailors.

Theissen enlisted the aid of professional theater colleagues Daniel Bunten, for costume assistance, and Sara Mishler-Martins, for choreography. Bill Campbell, Lakeridge’s choral instructor, serves as musical director.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (55 and up) and $10 for Lakeridge students with student body cards. Purchase tickets online at

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