CLINTONVILLE - The sights and sounds of the 1930s will take over the stage next week as the AuSable Valley Players present "Anything Goes."
"We wanted to do a big musical, something spectacular and fun," said the show's choreographer, Diane White, "and we wanted to do some tap dancing. There's a lot of tap dancing in the show."
Set in the 1930s when it was written, "Anything Goes" tells the lighthearted story of Billy Crocker, a love-sick stockbroker who stows away on an ocean liner in hopes of winning the heart of Hope Harcourt, an heiress stuck in a loveless engagement with a wealthy British nobleman. Though Hope's feelings for Billy are mutual, she feels marrying is the only way to save her family's business.
With help from a night club singer and a pair of second-rate gangsters, Billy struggles to find a way for he and Hope to be together while trying to avoid the attention of sailors mistaking him for a crime boss. Hilarity ensues as their pretentious schemes produce unexpected results.
"It's a high-pace, quirky comedy that hasn't been done in a while," said the show's director, Derrick Hopkins.
"Anything Goes" features a well-known score by Cole Porter. Songs such as "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Friendship," and "Let's Misbehave," are sure to be easily recognized.
"Cole Porter, the way he wrote his music, it's not easy," said White. "The songs are pretty complicated and intricate. They've all been challenging vocally, but the kids are doing a great job with it."
Steven Collier returns this year as vocal director while Karen Becker leads the pit orchestra.
"Anything Goes" features more than 30 middle-high school students as well as a smaller troupe of elementary-age children and adults.
Eight seniors are included in the cast, many of whom bring years of experience to the stage.