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Chazy theater group will take audience for a ride where “Anything Goes”

— The Chazy Music Theatre will perform a high-seas comedic event with the production of “Anything Goes” at Chazy Central Rural School March 21 - 24.

Cole Porter’s musical masterpiece, “Anything Goes,” is a romantic high-seas adventure complete with intrigue, mistaken identities, and lots of shipboard shenanigans.

Play Director Jason Borrie said the performance will be a comedy through and through.

“People trying to pair up, there are gangsters, it has all the elements bringing old school vaudeville comedy to life,” said Borrie.

The story takes place aboard the ocean liner S.S. American on a journey from New York harbor bound for London. Along the way the zany cast of characters chase after the affections of shipmates, try to tear apart couples and two stow aways spend the trip changing identities.

This musical farce tells the tale of young Billy Crocker played by Tanner Jubert, who steals aboard a ship in order to pursue his love interest, Hope Harcourt played by Alex Mesick, who is presently engaged to marry English Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Billy enlists the help of some unlikely friends aboard the ship, including nightclub singer Reno Sweeney played by Heather Bartlett who undertakes her own pursuit of Billy. Public Enemy Moonface Martin played by Merritt Belliter is also enlisted to help Billy get Hope. Moonface, a stowaway like Billy, dresses in priest garb pretending to be someone else, to help Billy win the heart of Hope.

The theatrics are set to the sounds of Cole Porter’s collection of classic hits, including: “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “It’s De’Lovely,” and, of course, “Anything Goes.” This show includes top notch musical numbers, dance routines, and an unsinkable set featuring a multi-level ship aboard the ficticious 1930’s ocean liner.

“Cole Porter was considered an American Standard music writer, he wrote music in the times when plays were written to follow songs,” said Borrie. “Now plays are written in the Hans Christian Anderson style where plays are written and songs are written to follow them.” 

Shows will be performed at Chazy Central Rural School auditorium from Thursday, March 21 through Sunday, March 24. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at www.chazymusictheatre.org, at The Party Factory in Plattsburgh, by calling the box office at 518-846-6840, or at the door, while they last, prior to the performances.

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