Audiences may get a kick out of the upcoming Guilford High School production of Cole Porter’s campy 1934 musical “Anything Goes.”
The Guilford High School Performing Arts Center presents “Anything Goes” with book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, 7 p.m. March 22-23, 28-30 and 2 p.m. March 24.
Tickets are available online at ghsta.weebly.com. They are also available at Palumbo’s Automotive, 1099 Boston Post Road, Guilford, and the Nathanael B Greene Community Center, 32 Church St., Guilford. Tickets are $18, adults, $15 students and seniors.
The 1934 musical’s madcap storyline goes something like this:
The S.S. American is preparing to set sail from New York to England. Billy Crocker, a young assistant to Wall Street tycoon Elisha J. Whitney, a passenger on the ship, decides to stow away in hopes of wooing his long-lost love and wealthy debutante, Hope Harcourt, who is also on board. However, much to Billy’s chagrin, Hope’s mother, Evangeline Harcourt, is delighted that Hope is engaged to be married to a stuffy Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (who is also onboard), upon arrival in England.
Also on the ship are Reno Sweeney, an evangelist-turned-nightclub singer, and her bevy of angelic showgirls, who will be providing music and dance entertainment during the crossing. The ship has no sooner set sail than Reno runs into Billy, an old friend, and he persuades her to help him break up Hope’s engagement.
Moonface Martin, a gangster known as Public Enemy 13 and his moll Erma are disguised as a reverend and a missionary, respectively. With them, are two recent converts and all four attempt to evade the law while on board. Billy eventually learns the identity of this misfit bunch, and, in exchange for his silence, they too join in the scheme to break up Hope and Lord Evelyn.
After more disguises, ploys, confessions, mistaken identities, and marriage proposals, all done to the fantastic music of Cole Porter, how will everything work out? Who knows? Anything Goes!
— Contributed story