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Last Chance to Catch ‘Anything Goes’ on Stage at Geauga Theater
February 4, 2017 by Submitted | No Comments

The age-old tale of Boy-Meets-Girl and the complications which ensue intrigue every audience, and no musical puts it on stage better than ANYTHING GOES

The age-old tale of Boy-Meets-Girl and the complications which ensue intrigue every audience, and no musical puts it on stage better than Anything Goes.

This show is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s magical scores. This year’s Skip Kelley Theater presentation, performed by youth through college age, is one of those classic tales filled with well-loved music  including “It’s De-lovely,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and, of course, “Anything Goes.”

Running at Geauga Lyric Theater from Jan. 27 through Feb. 5, Anything Goes has set the feet of cast to tapping. All are a little young to remember the original Cole Porter songs, and  many are surprised at the non-stop comedy, singing and dancing that are required in those big Broadway numbers.

Myles Temesi, last seen on our stage as Cousin Itt in The Addams Family said,” There is a lot of tap dancing in the show. The Buffalo Step and the Time Step were tricky at first, but now it’s a piece of cake.”

Temesi’s brother, who played Pugsley, agreed: “The most challenging part has definitely been the dancing. It took me a little while to get it down, but when it did, I felt great.”

They both play young Chinese boys in Anything Goes.

Samantha Dodd (Hope Harcourt), a senior at Willoughby South, remembers watching Ethel  Merman sing Anything Goes with the Muppets. Sammie Jo Adkins (Reno Sweeney), a freshman at Lake Erie College, said the Reno was a bucket list character for her.

Chardon High School’s Michael Richmond plays Moonface Martin.

“Never in my life have I done half the things Moonface claims to do as a daily routine,” he said. “Getting into this old gangster character is quite the challenge.”

Introducing a range of theater to youth is a big part of the Skip Kelley program. Skip was a much loved (and feared) tech director at GLTG before his death. He always worked hard with the kids and expected them to do adult level quality on whatever they chose, no matter their age.

Anything Goes seems to be fitting that bill. Learning the dance numbers, understanding the “older” slang, singing big Broadway songs — all a new and valuable experience and a great show for the public is the result.

Anything Goes runs through Feb. 5, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $10 for children 12 and under. For tickets call the box office at 440-286-2255 or buy online at www.geaugatheater.org.

The historic Geauga Theater is located on Chardon Square at 101 Water St.

Photo credit: Sarah French

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