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North Warren students to perform

CHESTERTOWN - North Warren High School's Performing Arts Club will present Cole Porter's musical comedy Anything Goes from Friday through Sunday, April 3-5, in the North Warren High School auditorium.

Show times are 7 p.m. for both April 3 and 4, along with 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

Involved in the production are 40 North Warren students, from grades 8 through 12.

The action in the musical takes place in the 1930s on the decks of a cruise ship on a voyage from New York to England.

Onboard is a hodge-podge of characters, including Elijah Whitney, a Wall Street heavyweight that cares about his liquor cabinet as much as his portfolio, his assistant Billy Crocker ( sophomore Will Jay), who is in love with the lovely Hope Harcourt (Freshman Cassie Maday) who is sailing to England with her mother (sophomore Heather Miller) and fianc Sir Evelyn Oakleigh (Junior Jeff Bennett) to be married. Also on board is the former Evangelist turned nightclub singer Reno Sweeny (sophomore Lindsey Meade) and her four backup singers (portrayed by freshman Jenna Monroe, sophomore Alana Kilcullen, junior Rachael Kenney, and sophomore Abby Bruce). Also on board is Bishop Henry T. Dobson, who is leading a couple of Chinese converts.

Adding to the action is gangster Moonface Martin (senior Jeff Lemelson) who is traveling in disguise and his accomplice Bonnie (freshman Sarah Fuller). They are seeking to keep their identities hidden to avoid legal consequences. Lead by the ship's captain (junior Tommy Hanaburgh) and his trusty Steward and crew, (sophomore Tim Hanaburgh, senior Matt Caunter and sophomore Zack Hill), the ship sails along while the characters reunite, fall in love, fall out of love, confess sins and get arrested.

Heading up the cast are Meade and Jay, who are accomplished vocalists.

There will also be a special appearance by members of the North Warren staff.

The show is directed by High School principal Theresa Andrew and Sheila Ellsworth. Technical Director is Jeff Conkey. Musical Director is Maria Swartz, and Choreographer Amy Gronert.

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